Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Can we BE too secure these days??

Plugging in... 

A PIN can be secure when used to access a local device (tablets, phones, directly via the device's keyboard or touchscreen. It's especially secure if the device has enhanced security such as a TPM (trusted platform module) chip.

If you want to improve PIN security, increase its length. A four-digit PIN allows only 10,000 combinations, while a six-digit PIN affords a million. A million combinations is much harder for a computer program to "crack"!

In all other cases — and especially for all remote or Web-based sign-ins — use a classic password: one that's long and complex.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, and is it turned on? 


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Apple: when later elicits a download

Plugging in... 

Apple and Microsoft both are showing their bully sides with the operating system upgrades they are pushing at us.

On the beloved Apple Phone or iPad, even when the user chooses LATER, remind me LATER, the sneaky Apple software update is downloaded, consuming space, which for some users, that space is critical (8 GB phone users). 

Choose Settings, General, Storage and iCloud Usage, Manage Storage to see if it is there and DELETE if not interested in updating right now, which results in regaining the space the update used. But... be sure to check the next time you are prompted for the update. If you choose LATER, it will be downloaded again without your knowledge, or consent, repeat the above to remove it. 
BTW, signing OUT of iCloud will not prevent this.  

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, was it downloaded without your knowledge, and is it turned on? 


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Quickbooks 2009 (or older)

Plugging in... 

If you are a holdout on upgrading your well used, well loved Quickbooks program, Windows 10 has a little surprise for you... Quickbooks 2009 or older, will not run under Windows 10. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.

You may think it is a ploy from Quickbooks to grab some greenbacks from your wallet, but in fairness to Intuit, they cannot keep re-writing older programs to comply with new operating systems.

This is not an Intuit only situation, many software vendors must decide how to manage their programming resources and allocate them where they best see fit when the operating system they run on changes and their programs are unable to work on them. Sometimes we users get lucky and we can keep using our old software under the new operating system regime. And sometimes, we must pay the piper.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, is the VERSION compatible, and is it turned on?