The main topic of our online meeting on Friday 30th October was security with advice to help keep Apple devices safe. We also talked about recent Apple news including the HomePod mini.
App Development Update
DaveK gave us his regular update on the app he’s developing. The Zenopolis website has information about Dave’s current apps.
Robert shared a number tips on good security practice which, along with the protections built into macOS and iOS, can help keep your Apple devices secure. Topics included:
- Types of malware and how they are spread.
- Recommended sources for apps (the App Store or trusted developer’s web sites).
- Dealing with prompts for upgrades, the administrator password and permissions (camera, microphone, folder etc.).
- Receiving files as email and message attachments.
- Ways to check websites are genuine before downloading files or sharing personal information.
DaveK mentioned that, by default, Safari shows only the domain of the website you’re visiting (rather than the full address) so it’s easier to confirm you’re on the genuine site. If you’ve disabled this feature at some point and want to re-enable it, untick the “Show full website address” option in Safari Preferences/Advanced.
We discussed some recent Apple news:
- Apple has announced the new HomePod mini smart speaker at £99.
- New features coming to HomePod including Intercom (between HomePods and from other Apple devices) and recognition of specific users by their voice.
- Ofcom will ban the sale of carrier locked mobile phones from December 2021.
- On the iPhone 12 Pro the Measure app can be used to measure people’s height using the LiDAR scanner.
- iPhone 12 upgrades have been causing a temporary issue with the NHS COVID-19 notification app, the link has a simple fix.
- New Beats Flex earphones offer a more affordable Apple wireless earphone option at £49.99.
- A prescient 1999 clip of David Bowie discussing the impact of the Internet with Jeremy Paxman.
- A surprisingly moving advert for Oreos.
- A clip (shared by the BBC on Facebook) of a stiring speech from the series Years and Years (available on iPlayer).