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COVID-19 SERVICE UPDATE

During these challenging times, we send you and your families our best wishes.

Having supported Macs for over 30 years it has taught us that Mac issues do not respect lockdowns or global pandemics, they just happen regardless.

At Dejac we are determined to maintain our high standards of support to the Mac business community whilst abiding by the UK government’s social distancing guidelines. This can be achieved in several ways including helpdesk Mac support, remote consultancy and doorstep collections for repairs.

Please get in touch if there is any Mac issue you would like us to address on 01494 809551 or [email protected]

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GDPR - Simple Security & Privacy for iPhones / iPads

The main focus of this article is to minimize your exposure to data theft should you lose or have your iPhone / iPad stolen. In this scenario, someone is physically sitting in front of your iPhone, at a location of their choice and has all the time in the world to access its contents. So what practical steps can you take to stop your data falling into their hands? 

Set a strong, alphanumeric passcode. An alphanumeric passcode that includes both numbers and letters is usually seen as more secure than a numeric one. To set one go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.

Avoid using unencrypted, public WiFi networks. Despite the temptation, avoid doing anything vaguely sensitive on your iPhone / iPad when connected to public wifi network. These are networks that don't prompt you for a password to connect to them and don't have a padlock next to their name on your iPhone. It is possible for passwords to be intercepted as you check your emails, do online shopping etc. 

Enable iCloud backup. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Backup. Your iPhone / iPad will then back up to your iCloud space when it is connected to a power source and a Wi-Fi network.

Enable Find My iPhone.  With Find My iPhone enabled, you can track a lost phone using iCloud, and you can wipe your phone remotely, taking your personal data with it. To remotely wipe your iPhone, log in to the Find my iPhone app (or iCloud website), select your iPhone, tap 'Erase iPhone' and confirm the action. The next time it has an internet connection (if it doesn't already) it'll automatically wipe itself.

Make sure that you're always running the most recent version of iOS. There are often flaws in Apple's coding which can be exploited by hackers, potentially giving them access to your personal data. Updates to the iOS is Apple’s way of combatting these flaws by patching any holes in the OS while implementing better stability enhancements. Open the Settings app and tap General > Software update and if you are out of date you will be prompted to download and install the latest update.

If you need any further guidance to stiffen up your iOS security then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Darrin

 

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