Tech Wrap-Up 9-28-2022, which is Drink Beer Day. OK, if you insist. Twist my arm. Beer is one of the most versatile beverages in the world. It is good to drink at any time of the day. It mixes into and improves any food or beverage like cereal, chocolate milk, soup, coffee, rice, bread, carrots, ice cream — anything. Beer is simple yet complex, subtle yet flaccid. Brewers make beer from only four ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. But the variety of malted barley, hops, and yeast available to brewers makes for a virtually unlimited number of combinations. That, in turn, equates to a virtually unlimited number of beers. While you wonder if there are more beer varieties possible than stars in the sky, 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
Everyone wants to be more efficient at their jobs, including hackers and cybercriminals. Hackers deploy distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to try and overload services with so much web traffic that the attacked service is inaccessible. Such attacks last anywhere from a short-term burst of traffic to extended periods of time. Attacks rely on malware-infected computers and devices that connect to a botnet to centralize an attack. As CDNs and cybersecurity entities improve their defenses, attackers refine and innovate new ways to attack.
2. Chromebooks to get Android 13-like privacy indicators for camera and mic (Chrome Unboxed)
One of the many things I love about my Pixel 6 Pro phone running Android 13 is the privacy indicator that displays when the camera or microphone is in use. I was pleased to learn that Chromebooks are about to gain the same privacy indicators. Like Android users, Chromebook users will gain an appreciation for knowing when their camera and mic are in use — especially if they are not supposed to be in use. Look for this feature to arrive on your Chromebook with ChromeOS 107.
3. Why 2FA is failing and what should be done about it (Tech Republic)
It is not that all 2FA is failing, but more like 2FA via SMS. Unlike 2FA codes retrieved using an authenticator app, 2FA codes sent by SMS have a much better chance of being intercepted by bad actors. We recommend our readers always use two-factor or multi-factor authentication whenever available, and to use an authenticator app like Authy or Google Authenticator instead of receiving 2FA codes via SMS.
4. 12 Ultra Useful Touch ID Tricks for Mac (OSXDaily)
Touch ID on macOS lets Mac owners use their fingerprint to unlock their computers, make Apple Pay purchases, iTunes purchases, App Store purchases, and more. Most Mac laptops these days have a Touch ID sensor, as does Apple’s new Magic Keyboard. OSXDaily provides a dozen handy tips on how to get the most out of Touch ID. Included are how to improve the Touch ID response time, adding multiple fingerprints, alternating biometric authentication options, faster sudo usage, and more.
Is your iPhone browser running slowly? One quick and easy fix for a slow browser may be to clear the browser’s cache. Without this maintenance, data in the browser’s cache becomes outdated and no longer usable. The consequence is slower load times and bad website formatting. By clearing the cache, you free up storage, and your browser has the chance to store usable data. The end result is a faster browsing experience.
6. How to mark all messages as read in iOS 16 (Apple Insider)
Do you ignore your iMessages as much as you ignore your email? If your number of unread text messages matches your unread emails, and you have no intention of ever reading them, consider marking all your text messages as read. Doing so is faster than the amount of time it took to read this summary.
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