Monthly Archives: March 2015

Sweet, Sweet Appreciation

It’s always great when customers show their appreciation for what you do, especially when that appreciation is edible! It’s nice to reaffirm that people really find value in the service you offer. I’m reminded of a quote by author William Makepeace Thackeray, ” Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.”

thank you cookies

We’d like to thank Teresa Everett for showing her appreciation with these delicious home made chocolate chip and pecan cookies she dropped off this morning, still warm when I bit into one.

Using the iCloud Keychain

iCloud keychain iphoneiCloud Keychain is a useful utility in iOS and OS X that allows you to securely save and store your passwords, account names, and even credit cards to your Keychain across multiple devices. I find the password management utility to be one of the most helpful myself. The iCloud Keychain helps make managing and remembering multiple social media and email login credentials simple. In this quick guide I’ll show you how to setup the keychain to store your passwords, how to view your saved credentials, and how to generate a password using the Keychain.

 

How to Enable iCloud Keychain in iOS

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Tap on iCloud.
  3. Tap on Keychain.
  4. Toggle iCloud Keychain to On.
  5. You will be asked to either set up an iCloud Keychain password or enter the existing one. You can also choose to verify with another device.

This is the first step you would take get started with iCloud Keychain, granted you have created an iCold account and have upgraded your devices to iOS 7.0.3 or later and OS X Mavericks or later.

How to generate a password  in iOS

  1. Launch the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Navigate to the site you’d like to create an account and generate a password for.
  3. Fill out any information that’s needed and then tap on the password field where you’d normally enter a password.
  4. A popup should appear. Tap on Suggest Password.
  5. A popup menu will now appear, tap on Use Suggested Password.

How to generate a password  in OS X

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac running OS X Mavericks or above.
  2. Navigate to the website you’d like to create a login for or change the password for.
  3. Once you’re in a password field, you will see a popup from iCloud Keychain suggesting a strong password for you.
  4. Click on Use Safari suggested password.

Coming up with and remembering multiple unique passwords for multiple accounts can be difficult. While the passwords generated by Safari aren’t the strongest, they are better than using the same password for multiple sites.

 

How to manually view passwords stored to Keychain in iOS 

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Safari.
  3. Tap on Passwords & AutoFill under the General section.
  4. Tap on either Saved Passwords.
  5. Enter your 4-digit passcode if you are prompted to do so.
  6. In this list, find the login you’d like to view the password for and tap on it.
  7. Here you can see the login credentials for that specific account.

 

How to manually view passwords stored to Keychain in OS X

  1. Open your Applications folder.
  2. From there open the Utility folder.
  3. Click on the Keychain Access app.
  4. When the Keychain Access window opens, find and click Passwords in the left sidebar.
  5. Find the account you wish to display the password for and double click it.
  6. A window displaying  the login credentials will open, though the password is still hidden. Mark the checkbox near the bottom to display password and finally enter your Keychain password to view it.

Being able to manually view your login credentials can be useful for remembering  your password or username when logging into public terminals or a device that that you’ve never used before.

 

 

Java- Beware of Adware

As Mac users, one of the benefits we enjoy is the ability to surf the web free from worrying about infection from malware or viruses. Many users don’t bother using antivirus software at all.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be wary of adware (software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material) or bloatware ourselves when we install other programs. With their latest release of Java 8, Oracle has begun packaging an Ask.com toolbar into their installer for Mac.

Screenshot 2015-03-10 09.10.26When installing the latest update of Java, the option to install the Ask.com Toolbar is selected by default. It is deceptively easy for the casual user to click “next” and finish the installation without noticing the opt-out section of the installer. If the extra software is installed, it redirects your homepage to Ask.com and instals a search bar to your browser, which some may find intrusive.

Though annoying as it is, the software is pretty easy to remove. Safari users can simply navigate to their list of browser extensions (Safari -> Preferences -> Extensions) to remove it. While Chrome users can uninstall the software directly from the Ask Toolbar’s Help menu.

While it is rather annoying to see Oracle adopt the practice of including adware with its products, it is not at all uncommon among many developers. As a rule of thumb, users should always keep an eye out for opt-out check boxes when installing third party software.

 

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Claim Your Short Stack of Flapjacks

IHOP celebrates 10 years of giving today with  its 10th National Pancake Day.

Every year IHOP offers a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes to all customers as a fund raiser, patrons can leave a donation if they are feeling charitable. IHOP runs the program in conjunction with Children’s Miracles Hospital and other charities, and has raised $16 million to date.

Screenshot 2015-03-03 09.32.26It’s a tasty event that’s for a good cause. Who doesn’t love pancakes? These buttermilk pancakes topped with peaches and drizzled with sweet raspberry syrup make my mouth water.

Don’t miss out. 1,500 IHOP restaurants will be participating today from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM.