Category: Security

How to Replace a Lost Recovery Key for Apple ID with iPhone or iPad

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Apple reintroduced the Recovery Key security feature in modern iOS and iPadOS versions that may come in handy for resetting your Apple ID password. Recovery Key acts as an extra layer of security for your Apple account just in case you forget your password, and lose access to your trusted device. But what happens if you need a new recovery key for your Apple ID?

Although resetting an Apple ID password is a pretty simple task in most cases, things could get super complicated and frustrating if you don’t have access to the device you’re already signed into….

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How to Limit App Access to Photos on iPhone or iPad

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An interesting privacy feature allows iPhone and iPad users to have complete control over which apps can access the photos on their device. If you’re interested in limiting which apps can access your device photos, read along.

This app specific access feature is available in iOS 14 and later. Previously, there were two options when it came to providing photo access for apps. You could choose to either share all the photos in your library or completely block photo access. But with new iOS and iPadOS versions, you’ll be able to take advantage of a new…

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How to Get Verification Codes For Apple ID on iPhone & iPad

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Do you use Apple’s two-factor authentication system to verify the sign-ins to your Apple account from new devices? In that case, you might be interested in learning another way to get your verification codes, right from your iPhone or iPad.

For people who aren’t aware, two-factor authentication is an added layer of security for your Apple account to ensure that only you have access to your account, even if your password gets leaked in a data breach. By default, when you sign in to your Apple ID from a new device, your iPhone, Mac, or iPad will auto-notify…

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Changing MAC Address in macOS Big Sur & Monterey with mac-spoof

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If you want to change your MAC address in macOS Monterey or Big Sur, you can use the traditional method to spoof a MAC address, or you can use a slightly easier approach by using a command line tool called mac-spoof. We’ll be covering the mac-spoof method here, which relies on HomeBrew.

For some quick background, your computers MAC address is unique and identifies it to connected networks, and some services use MAC addresses for filtering who or what is allowed onto a particular network. Additionally, some services use a MAC address to track a computer or…

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How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key

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Resetting your Apple ID password is normally a pretty easy task, but if you don’t have access to the device that you’re already signed into, things could get super complicated and inconvenient. However, Apple offers another option with an Apple ID recovery key, which can be used to reset an Apple ID account as well.

Apple ID Recovery Key acts as an extra layer of security for your Apple account, in case you forget your password and lose access to your trusted device. This completely eliminates the need to visit Apple’s website just to go through various…

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Fix Mac “App can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store” Error

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If you are attempting to open apps downloaded from the web or elsewhere on modern versions of macOS like Big Sur, you may see an error message that says something like ‘”AppName.app” can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store.’

Below that warning also states “Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the App Store.” and the error message dialog box also shows when and where the file was downloaded from, with two options, choosing OK or to Show in Finder. But what if you want to open the app? That’s what…

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How to Lock SIM Card with PIN on iPhone

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Almost everybody uses a passcode to secure their iPhones these days, but did you know that you can lock your SIM card with a PIN too? This further prevents other people from using your device by requiring a pin before the device can access a cellular network, including to make calls. If this sounds appealing to you, it is really not that hard to setup.

The passcode you use to unlock your iPhone protects all your valuable data stored on the device itself. However, the physical SIM card that’s installed on your iPhone can be taken out and accessed by anyone to…

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How to Find and Delete All Your Old, Unused Accounts

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We all have accounts we no longer use, but some apps and websites make deleting your profile a pain. In those cases, simply ignoring them is an easier option. However, unused accounts are a major security threat—all it takes is one successful data break or credential-stuffing attack to potentially compromise your…

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How to Disable Notification Previews on Mac

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Do you want your notifications to stop showing previews on your Mac? Perhaps you want more privacy for the messages or emails you receive? Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to disable notification previews in MacOS.

Notifications are pretty useful to stay updated on your emails, text messages, calendar events, and more. Although glancing through various notifications without having to log in to your Mac sounds pretty convenient, it often comes at the cost of your privacy. This is because anyone can read these notifications even if they don’t know your password,…

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