Well, today’s might be a short email as I’ve hurt my right shoulder. Nothing serious but it hurts to use my right arm and I’m rubbish at typing with my left hand. I did think about using voice recognition so I can speak this issue to my PC instead of typing it – and I might yet do that!
As it happens I’ve got a handful of short snippets for you today. Let’s dive in, in no particular order:
If you have an iPhone, please do this:
A few years ago, Apple used to promote their products by basically saying Apple stuff didn’t get viruses or other types of “malware”. It was more or less true but only because at the type Apple equipment was much less popular, so the people who wrote viruses didn’t bother with writing for Macs and so on.
I always felt they tempting fate by saying Macs don’t get viruses… it’d only take one bad guy to write one and they’d end up looking very silly indeed.
Anyway, they seem to have stopped saying that now. Maybe that’s just as well as there’s just been a pretty bad software attack on iPhones.
It doesn’t really matter exactly how it works – but in case you want to know, in a nutshell, when someone texts you a photo, the phone works out how to display that particular format of file, then does it. And some bad guys discovered a flaw in the way iPhones do this for the TIFF file format, that meant they could send you a photo in this format and use it to get your passwords – potentially including banking passwords.
Pretty scary stuff.
To be fair to Apple, they straight away brought out an update to the software that stops it happening. So the important thing is that if you have an iPhone you need to check it has the latest update.
Go into settings, then into general and then into Software Update. Then check that it says 9.3.3 (or later is fine if they’ve brought out another update since I wrote this). If it doesn’t, tap on “Download and Install” to update.
Once it’s done, you should be fine – that particular “way in” for scammers is then blocked.
If you’re worried about whether you’ve already been caught, well, it’s only if you have an iPhone and to catch you, the scammers would have had to send you a photo. So if you’ve never had a photo via text from someone you don’t know, it can’t have happened to you.
Reader mode on Chrome – an easier (and maybe better) way
Last time I wrote about the way to get at “reader mode” in various different devices and browsers. I included how to do it in Google Chrome on a PC< but I know people have had various problems with that – partly because it’s a fiddle to do and partly because as I said in the email, it’s still something Google are working on – they haven’t said it’s finished yet.
Luckily, I’ve heard of another way to do it in Google Chrome which might be easier. It’s a plug in add on to Chrome that has been created that adds a reader mode.
You can download it here.
And click on “Add to Chrome” to, well, add it to chrome. Then when you’re on a page that’s awkward or distracting to read, click on the little pair of glasses in the top right.
You can also then change the font size using Alt and 1, Alt and 2 and Alt and 3.
It might be worth a try if you find some webpages awkward to read. When I tested it it worked pretty well with most pages.
A little known more Google trick
Phew, well, it’s not turning into a short email after all – and I’ve got another tip to tell you about. Bear with me while I make a cup of tea first.
Ahh, that’s better. Right, let’s carry on.
There’s lots you can do in Google as well as searching for particular web pages. You can also get it convert units by typing “250 US dollars in pounds” or similarly with distances, weights and so on.
Or type in “Cat in German” for a quick translation.
But I learnt one more the other day.
On my shelf at home, I’ve got a book of word origins. I find some of them fascinating… and sometimes surprising.
But now if you type the word you’re curious about, then a space, then etyomology into Google, then click to search, it’ll tell you the origins of that word.
I admit, it’s not necessarily something you’ll use a lot, but it could be interesting if you’re ever wondering about a peculiar word!
Anyway that’s all for now and hopefully in a day or so my shoulder will be back to normal!