9 year anniversary of the NosillaCast, Cloak Giveaway complete, should unsophisticated users be pointed to 1Password or LastPass? Can OneNote from Microsoft replace Evernote? Add Apple Remote Functions to any headphones with the Belkin Headphone Adapter with Remote for Apple iPod shuffle, and the iLuv iPod Remote with 3rd-Party Headphone Adapter, or Scoche. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart and I make it through the first half of Taming the Terminal Part 18 so we’re calling it 18a, and you’ll get 18b in two weeks.
Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Sunday May 11, 2014 and this is show number 470. Do you realize this Tuesday the NosillaCast will be 9 years old? No big celebration but wait until next year! Now might be a good time to drop by iTunes again and maybe drop in a comment and or a rating for the show. It helps to get the show noticed so it would be great if you could help out that little bit!
This week I got to be the guest on Tom Merritt’s awesome news show, the Daily Tech News Show over at dailytechnewsshow.com. It was fun to kind of trade back and forth with him being on last Sunday and then me being on his show. He’s such a brilliant and funny guy, love getting to work/play with him more these days.
Last week on the show I said I was going to put my money where my mouth is and give away my free 6 months of the awesome VPN service Cloak that they gave me at Macworld, and I’m pleased to announce that Christopher Justice is the lucky winner. I did learn something else that might give you more joy than begrudgingly congratulating Christopher through gritted teeth – last week I said that Cloak was $3.99 a month but when I went to actually start paying myself, I discovered that it’s only $2.99 a month! I know, that makes my gesture just a little bit less grandiose…25% less grandiose actually but it’s still good news for you!
By the way, I use an elaborate process to choose the winners of these kinds of giveaways. First, I put the email addresses of people who enter into a spreadsheet, use the “rand” function to assign a random number between 0 and 1 to each person, then copy the results and paste the values back in so that I can sort by that number (otherwise rand just recalculates). I had a bit of a problem this time because I tried using Numbers instead of my beloved Excel. They don’t have a Paste Values, but after some time with the googles I discovered that Paste Formula Results does the same thing. Lucky for Numbers or I’d have had to do some serious angry tweeting about that.
This last week my brother Grant called me as he was having trouble burning a DVD. If you’re not a geek, copying a DVD that doesn’t even have copy protection on it is a daunting task. He is a reasonably bright boy and all that, but he’s not technically inclined. Over the phone Steve and I showed him how to create a disk image using Disk Utility, and made sure that he created a CD/DVD Master. After that we showed him how to burn the DVD media itself, but for some reason the HP media he was using kept failing to burn. Luckily I’ve run into this kind of thing before, and suggested he just go buy any other brand. I explained that it might not fix the problem but he should hope it would work because the other possible problem would be that it was his burner itself.
He trotted back to the store, and tried again, and it worked. Yay. Then he tried to rip and burn the 2nd of the 3 DVDs he needed to copy, and it didn’t work so he called me again. We went through step by step again and he’d gotten tangled up looking for things to come up on screen in the wrong order. I walked him through it again and again he succeeded.
He then asked me sadly, “how on earth am I going to remember this when I make the THIRD DVD?” I then told him that this is one of the problems that Clarify solves for me. I told him that I do lots of crazy stuff that’s terribly hard to remember, so when I’m dorking around figuring things out, I open Clarify and take screenshots and annotate them so I can remember. When I’m doing this for myself, I often don’t take much care in how well I document, but often I go back and clean them up just in case someone else were to need the instructions. I told him that the funny thing is I often forget I’ve done this, so I’ll Google for a solution to a problem and one of the hits I’ll get back is one of my own tutorials! I told him how dumb I feel when this happens, but at least I get REALLY good documentation out of the deal!
If you find it hard to remember how to do stuff on your Mac or PC, I can’t recommend Clarify enough even if it’s only for yourself. Check out the free beta download of Clarify 2 over at clarify-it.com and see for yourself how useful it is.
Chit Chat Across the Pond
Important Security Updates:
- Microsoft issue out-of-band patch for IE Zero-day, and surprise everyone by patching XP too – http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/05/microsoft-issues-fix-for-ie-zero-day-includes-xp-users/
- Adobe release out-of-band patch to patch Flash Zero-day – http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/04/adobe-update-nixes-flash-player-zero-day/
Important Security News:
- Apple acknowledges iOS email attachment encryption flaw – emails stored on iOS devices can be read if the attacker has physical access to the device (unless the device is jail-broken, then remote attacks are possible too). Apple are working on a patch, but nothing has been released yet. For now, we just need to be aware of the issue and consider avoiding saving sensitive file attachments on our iOS devices – http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/05/05/apple-aware-of-email-attachment-encryption-issue-in-ios-711
- Yahoo puts another (perhaps the final) nail the coffin of the DNT (Do Not Track) header, reversing it’s decision to respect it – http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/yahoo-reverses-stance-wont-honor-browser-do-not-track-requests
- Apple, Facebook and other tech companies to start notifying customers when law enforcement requests their data (except when illegal to do so) – http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apple-facebook-others-defy-authorities-increasingly-notify-users-of-secret-data-demands-after-snowden-revelations/2014/05/01/b41539c6-cfd1-11e3-b812-0c92213941f4_story.html?hpid=z1
- Apple release document laying out what they give to law enforcement under what conditions – http://www.apple.com/legal/more-resources/law-enforcement/ (good summary by Ars – http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/05/new-guidelines-outline-what-iphone-data-apple-can-give-to-police/)
- Leaked Emails show Apple & other IT companies had a relationship with the NSA – be careful not to read too much into this – remember, the NSA has two roles (often in conflict with each other), firstly, to secure American companies and infrastructure, and, to spy on people. The NSA have to work with companies to help secure them and the country’s IT infrastructure – http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/kicking-trust-in-the-pants-nsa-had-close-relationship-with-apple-google
- SnapChat settles with US FTC, agrees to 20 years of federal monitoring – http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/ftc-smacks-snapchat-over-non-disappearing-photos-and-privacy-breaches
- Verizon plans to start using Desktop Tracking for mobile ads – you can opt out, here’s how – http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/verizon-plans-to-use-desktop-tracking-for-mobile-ads-how-to-opt-out
- Facebook takes positive step – allows anonymous login to Facebook apps, letting you use apps without giving over all your data – http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/facebook-announces-anonymous-login-more-privacy-controls
- Having come under a lot of pressure from parents groups, Google back down, and cease scanning inboxes of Apps for Education accounts – http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/google-ceases-inbox-scanning-in-apps-for-education
- Apple quickly patched a hole in their developer portal that allowed unauthorised access to developer & Apple staff personal info, including Tim Cook’s contact details! – http://9to5mac.com/2014/04/28/apple-patches-another-major-security-hole-in-its-website-that-allowed-access-to-all-developer-personal-information/
- AOL email breach – AOL advising all customers to change password – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/04/29/aol-mail-accounts-breached-users-advised-to-change-passwords/
- Bitly get breached, don’t give out much detail – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/05/09/bitly-breached-gives-shortened-details-to-customers-on-blog/
- * Standford release very forward-thinking password policy – hopefully many institutions and organisations follow their lead – http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/stanfords-password-policy-shuns-one-size-fits-all-security/
- * Symantec admitting that AV is ‘dead’ inspires a great reflective piece on the evolution of AV software by Brian Krebs – http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/05/antivirus-is-dead-long-live-antivirus/
- * Agile Bits add Watchtower website security monitoring to 1Password – http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/1password-adds-watchtower-website-security-monitoring
- * Target breach news: CEO resigns – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/05/06/target-ceo-resigns-latest-executive-fallout-from-card-breach/, Brian Krebs gives a great “by the numbers” summary of the whole mess – http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/05/the-target-breach-by-the-numbers/, and Target announce they will be one of the first to adopt Chip & PIN in the US – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/05/01/data-drained-target-hurries-to-adopt-chip-and-pin-cards/
- New Russian law aims to curb online anonymity and freedom of speech – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/04/27/new-russian-law-aims-to-curb-online-anonymity-and-free-speech/
- Former Apple employee criticises Apple’s security patching practices – http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/apple-users-left-exposed-to-serious-threats-for-weeks-former-employee-says/
- US House Judiciary Committee unanimously votes to reign in the NSA – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/05/09/us-house-committee-unanimously-votes-to-rein-in-nsa-end-bulk-data-collection/
- A Bill mandating Smartphone kill switches passes the California state senate (still has a ways to go to become law) – http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/california-senate-passes-bill-requiring-smartphone-kill-switches
- Out of fear of kill switches, US DOJ argues for warrantless phone searches – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/04/25/feds-argue-for-warrantless-phone-search-to-avoid-suspects-kill-switching-evidence/
- Android malware continues to mature – randsom-ware now on Android – http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/05/your-android-phone-viewed-illegal-porn-to-unlock-it-pay-a-300-fine/
Taming the Terminal Part 18a of n
That’s going to wind this up for this week, many thanks to our sponsor for helping to pay the bills, Blue Mango Learning at bluemangolearning.com makers of Clarify. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at [email protected], follow me on twitter and app.net @podfeet. Check out the NosillaCast Google Plus Community too – lots of fun over there! If you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.