Tech Wrap-Up 9-12-2022, which is Chocolate Milkshake Day. I am a fan of pretty much anything chocolate-related. My preference is dark chocolate in bar form, preferably around 70% cacao. I do not crave milkshakes. Hold the dairy, the fat, the calories, the mess, and just give me the chocolate. However, on a hot day when fat and calories are the least of my worries, a chocolate milkshake hits the spot. Chocolate milkshakes are also fun to throw at people and stationary objects from a moving vehicle. While you decide if you want to drink it or chuck it, 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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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. Passkeys, Which Replace Passwords, Arrive on iOS 16 (CNet)
Anything that improves cybersecurity these days is welcome. With the release of iOS 16, Apple brings passkeys to iPhones. To be clear, passkeys are not exclusively an Apple construct and are not exclusively on Apple devices. Dozens of companies in the FIDO Alliance developed the open standards, and passkeys will soon arrive on Android devices and web browsers. Passkeys replace the need for passwords by using a biometric check and end-to-end encryption. This keeps passkeys secure even if an attacker hacks into your account. In doing so, passkeys stop phishing attacks and eliminate the need for cumbersome multi-factor authentication steps.
2. The ransomware problem won’t get better until we change one thing (ZDNet)
This piece written by Danny Palmer at ZDNet posits that more openness surrounding ransomware attacks would help to improve the ransomware issue. Our site has focused a lot of attention on the growing plague of ransomware attacks in recent months. Victims of ransomware attacks are often advised not to pay a ransom, yet many do so anyway. No guarantee exists that a ransomware payment will yield access to your encrypted data. What is guaranteed with each ransom payment is a continuation of the ransomware cycle. Providing details of what happened and how an organization resolved a ransomware attack may help prevent attacks on others.
3. How to use Grammarly in Google Docs (Android Police)
I run everything through Grammarly. It amazes me how many little things Grammarly picks up even after thorough proofreading. Grammarly has made me a better writer over time by pointing out the types of mistakes I make most frequently. Now I watch out for them and prevent those mistakes from recurring. This article explains how to benefit from Grammarly if you use Google Docs as your word processor. It assumes you use Chrome to work in Google Docs and points you to Grammarly’s Chrome extension.
4. iOS 16 lands today with these five new security and privacy features (TechCrunch)
I like installing operating system updates as soon as possible, especially when they have new security and privacy features. With the availability of iOS 16 today, I recommend downloading and installing it right away. What you receive in return is Lockdown Mode, rapid security response, Safety Check, passkeys, and copy/paste permission. All good stuff that makes your phone safer, you safer, and the world a better place.
5. A VPN Isn’t the Only Way to Change Your IP Address (CNet)
Who knows why you want to change your IP address — it is none of our business — but here are four easy ways to do so on Windows, macOS, and mobile devices. The first way is by using a VPN or proxy server. Another way is by unplugging your router for around five minutes before plugging it back in. Additionally, each desktop and mobile platform includes a way to automatically update your IP address as well as a method to do so manually.
6. Google’s Project Zero is frightening and reassuring in equal measure (IT Pro)
Google has its hands in a lot of things. Security research is one of them, and it is an area in which they excel via Project Zero. IT Pro believes we all owe Project Zero a huge debt of gratitude for their work at sussing out zero-day vulnerabilities. I tend to agree. Described as “a team of truly ‘elite’ researchers,” Project Zero discovered 58 zero-days across multiple platforms in 2021 and 14 zero-days impacting Google Chrome alone. Thank you, Project Zero.
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