Top 5 Security Settings for Apple iPhones and iPads

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Top 5 Security Settings for Apple iPhones and iPads
Apple mobile devices are among the most popular gadgets today. In fact, Apple reports
that 250 million iOS devices have been sold and 18 million apps downloaded. I often
find that, while the popularity of these devices increases, many don’t understand
the basic security features that Apple makes available to them. Some of you may not
even realize that these features exist and how easy they are to use. Let’s walk through the top five security settings for these devices:
#1 – The Passcode
This is the most important security feature of your device. It’s also one of the
least configured settings. While it may be a pain to “unlock” your device when you want to use it, it’s also your first line of defense if your device is ever lost
or stolen. The key to the passcode is to ensure its complex and greater than 4 characters
or digits. Never use simple passcodes like “1234” or your ATM PIN number. The two
other settings that you need to set are to “Require Passcode Immediately” and set
“Simple Passcode” to OFF. You can find these settings under the “Settings” icon then “Passcode Lock”.
#2 – Erase Data
The erase data functionality adds another layer of security to your device. This
function will erase all data after 10 failed passcode attempts. What this means is
that if someone steals your device and tries to brute force your passcode, if they
enter it incorrectly, the device is erased and returned to the factory default settings. Turn “Erase Data” to ON in the Passcode Lock screen.
#3 – Find My iPhone/iPad
If you ever lose or misplace your iPhone or iPad, “Find My iPhone/iPad” is a very
important feature to enable. Simply download the application on your device or access
it through iCloud ( If your device is iOS 4 or below you will need to use the “MobileMe” ( feature instead of iCloud. Either way, you will need to login with your Apple ID to set it up. You can then send the device a message
or alert, locate the device on Google Maps, remotely set a passcode, and remotely erase the device. This feature is invaluable if your device is lost or stolen. #4 – Backup Encryption
One of the more obscure settings that many users don’t set is the “Encrypt Backup”
setting, which is found in iTunes. This setting even applies to the new iCloud service
in iOS 5. This setting ensures that the backup of your device is encrypted. It goes
without saying, if you can access this backup, the data on your device can be accessed and harvested. For example,
earlier last year there was a “feature” in which Geolocation data could be easily harvested from the backup file
. This has since been remediated, but just think how much information could be harvested about you through an unencrypted backup file.
#5 – Keep iOS Updated
Making sure that you always have the latest version of Apple iOS on your device is
important because Apple is always releasing security updates and implementing new security controls. Simply plug your device into iTunes and you will get prompted to update your phone to the latest version. As a side note, don’t Jailbreak your
device! Jailbreaking makes many of the built in security features useless and allows your device to be an easy target for data theft.
Ensuring that you have enabled and configured these security settings on your Apple
iOS device is more important than ever. Devices like these are lost or stolen all
the time and without taking the proper precautions, your data could be vulnerable. Having conducted Apple iOS device penetration testing assessments at SecureState for our clients, I can tell you how easy it is to break into these devices. It’s
easy because the proper basic precautions were not taken. Take five minutes now and enable these settings; you’ll be glad you did.


Kansas Audio Reader Archive

I was looking around this morning and found this page which some may find helpful.
It is a 1 week archive for Kansas Audio Reader. You can either click or press enter on a link to play an item or you can also right click or press your context key and download the file to your computer or phone for later listening.
There are also links on this page to listen live and links to their other online resources.

Listening To Online Radio

I haven’t sent this in awhile and thought I’d put it out there as these addresses do change from time to time.
These are from and I suggest turning off java script on that site so you can use your context key or right click so you can copy the links easier.

I listen with winamp and here’s an easy place to download it from

Copy the below link and press control l in winamp. In the edit box paste the link and press enter. Once it has started playing you can go into the winamp menus, go to bookmarks and press enter on add current to bookmarks and then the radio station will be in your winamp bookmarks for the next time you want to listen.


98.1 KMBZ FM aka 980 AM

105.1 Jack FM

101.1 KCFX FM

89.3 KCUR FM


That should get you started. One thing I like to do is when I hear of something big going on in the US is to go to and find a news talk station near where all of the news is taking place and listen to it from a local point of view.

Touch Textbooks

Touch Textbooks

What is Touch Textbooks?
Touch Textbooks is the revolutionary new way for students, teachers, and others around the world to get their textbooks for
Touch Textbooks has a database of over 3 million
of the most commonly assigned school, college, and university-level textbooks for over 5000 different subjects and disciplines.
You simply pay a small one-time only registration fee, and you can download as many textbooks as you like for
You can transfer the textbooks to your iPad, iPhone, Kindle, tablet, e-Reader, or
any Android-enabled device, and you can even take notes in the margins! Even if you
just own a PC or a Mac, you can still use Touch Textbooks to download and read all our textbooks and to take notes.
We guarantee that we have all your textbooks waiting for you to download for FREE or your money-back!
How does it work? What’s the catch?
There is absolutely no catch at all. Touch Textbooks have pre-purchased the eBook distribution rights to
over 3 million textbooks
from all the major textbook publishers around the world at wholesale prices.
Since the textbooks are in digital format, Touch Textbooks are able to issue unlimited copies
of the books, without each eBook download costing us anything.
The publishers are happy, Touch Textbooks is happy, and you – the student, end up saving loads of money
, making you happy as well, and making study a whole lot easier! What types of textbooks are available?
At the moment Touch Textbooks have more than 3 million different textbooks for over 5000 different subjects and disciplines
including – Accounting, Agriculture, Architecture, Art, Biology, Business, Computer
Science, Design, Dramatic Arts, Education, Engineering, English, Fashion, Finance,
Geography, History, Economics, Law, Marketing, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Nursing,
Politics, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Technical Trades, Theatre, and World Languages.
The textbooks range from school level, to college level, and advanced university level. All the textbooks are the full-copies
and are the latest editions released by the publishers.
Touch Textbooks have spent months studying the curriculums and prescribed textbook
lists of educational institutions all over the world, ensuring that any person, anywhere in the world, studying any course or subject, is able to find the textbooks they need on Touch Textbooks.

GW Micro Announces “How Do I Do That?” Series

GW Micro Announces “How Do I Do That?” Series



Fort Wayne, Indiana (February 6, 2012) – GW Micro, Inc.
( announced a new “How To” series of free video tutorials entitled “How Do I Do That?” These high quality tutorials are designed to be concise, informative and fully accessible to a blind or visually impaired computer user as all of the instructional content is available via audio.

To enable sighted trainers, teachers, friends, family, IT professionals, colleagues, and others to be able to better utilize Window-Eyes or to assist Window-Eyes users, the videos also contain special effects to help sighted individuals better understand how to interact with Window-Eyes as well as to visually highlight what the audio is describing on the computer screen. For example, when a hotkey combination is pressed, the video portion of the production will display the hotkey combination making it easier for sighted individuals to follow along with the tutorials.

The audio portion of How Do I Do That? is completely accessible to a blind user, and is designed to help a blind or visually impaired person easily follow along with each step of the tutorial. Typically, each How Do I Do That? production is less than ten minutes and typically focuses on one specific skill or concept. This free educational series will allow anyone who is interested to quickly find the skill they are interested in, and then learn about how to perform that skill by watching the step-by-step tutorial.

The How Do I Do That? series begins with the release of the first production, which demonstrates how to attach a file to an email in Outlook 2010 using Window-Eyes. Please stay tuned as more tutorials will be coming soon. The How Do I Do That? series of video tutorials can be accessed at

Jeremy Curry, Director of Training
(260) 489-3671


disk defragmentation

Here is a link to download defraggler, a free and great program to defragment your hard drive.

Run the install file after its downloaded.
After its installed run the program.
While in defraggler press the alt key and arrow to the right until you are at the settings menu While in the settings menu press c to open the schedule
After the schedule screen has opened you will be in a list of drives on your computer. Press the arrow keys until you are on your C: drive
Press tab and you should be on an item that says schedule defragmentation for selected drive. If the check box is unchecked, press the space bar to check it.
Press tab and you will be in a list of how often you want to run the defragmentation.
I suggest monthly for most people, unless you are doing heavy graphics or video editing. Press tab again and you will be in a date field.
Press your right arrow key to move over to the day part of the date. Press the up arrow to increase the date by one day.
Press tab again and you can change the time at which defragmentation will happen.
Pick a time of day when you are asleep or will be away from home. For example, if you are usually asleep at 4:00 am, that might be a good time to run this process, as long as your computer is on. Press the up or down arrow to change time
You can skip the next two items and press tab until you get to the ok button. Press space or enter on ok and you are done.
You can exit defraggler and your computer will run this program once a month at the time you selected, no action is needed on your part.

Twitter Client

Here is info on the 3rd party client I use with twitter.
The Qube

What is The Qube?
The Qube is a fork of
, a popular program pioneered by
Christopher Toth
. It was originally created as a private project to give its authors greater user
interface flexibility, but gained popularity since Qwitter’s development ceased in September 2011.
Qwitter was originally designed as a client for the Twitter microblogging service,
but later evolved into a revolutionary application, bringing the speech and sound-based
navigation paradigm it popularized on the Twitter platform to several other services.
Its primary advantage is that you can access these services without ever having to
open up another window: you never need to leave the application you are working in.
The Qube intends to maintain this philosophy, building upon Qwitter’s existing infrastructure
to continue to provide a powerful, high quality solution. It is extremely intuitive
to use and, if you’ve previously used Qwitter, the same concepts and keystrokes still
apply. Even if you haven’t, after reading through this document, it’s likely you’ll
be using it easily and efficiently in no time. We hope you enjoy the software and welcome your feedback on how it can be improved in the future.
The Qube works with most screen readers, including JAWS, Window-Eyes, System Access, SuperNova and the freely available
(version 2010.1 or later).

If you get an error after installing this client, you may need one of the following packages for support 32 bit operating systems