Tech Wrap-Up 7-27-2022, which is Scotch Day. If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap! In this case, if it’s not distilled and bottled in Scotland, it’s not Scotch, and it’s crap! Oh, aye. Scotland has five Scotch-producing regions, each with its own distinct attributes: Highland, Lowland, Islay, Speyside, and Campbeltown. While you contemplate in which region to begin your tasting tour, Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up the day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks, and detail expands) and by the number of impressions received. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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If you are one who does not want to jump through two-factor (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA) hoops, listen up. MFA could save your bacon. Europol reported a ransomware attack in which MFA thwarted the effort. MFA deters attacks even when in possession of a legitimate account password. When a ransomware attacker has your password but still cannot access your account, then they are unable to exploit it for a ransom. Use MFA on all accounts that support it, and request MFA for those accounts that do not support it.
Apple’s Home app, which controls HomeKit smart devices, launched in 2016. Since then, the Home app has not received many significant updates. iOS 16 has given it another lease on life with a complete redesign. The massive update relates to Matter, a new smart home standard developed by top technology companies, including Apple. The Verge thinks the new Home app still lacks the critical tools needed to make it truly smart.
3. Hackers scan for vulnerabilities within 15 minutes of disclosure (Bleeping Computer)
Here is some bad news for system administrators. The amount of time it takes for hackers to start scanning for vulnerabilities is within 15 minutes after the public disclosure of a bug. In one example, a May 4, 2022, flaw disclosure yielded 2,552 scanning and exploitation attempts within 10 hours. The race is on, and here comes scan up the backstretch.
4. What is Apple Stage Manager and how is it used? (Computerworld)
Stage Manager is a new feature coming to macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 designed to improve multitasking. The app window in focus displays in the center of your monitor while your other recently opened apps display along the left side. Although enabled by default in macOS Ventura, users can disable Stage Manager from Control Center. Stage Manager is only available on iPads with an Apple ‘M’ processor.
Gmail’s new search tweaks are “intent matching for names and email addresses.” Intent matching is a machine learning tool used by Google to help users find your search-related topics. This, in turn, helps users find exactly what they seek. The new personalized suggestions also display the contacts with whom you most correspond. Gmail users should see a minor productivity boost.
6. The top 10 underrated Android 13 features you need to try (Android Police)
Android 13 will hit Pixel devices next month if it arrives on schedule. Many looming features get a lot of media attention, yet some minor features have yet to see the light of day. Android Police lists ten underappreciated features that Android fans may find valuable.
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