Archive for October, 2012

Techie Tip of the Week: Disable Siri Access on a Locked iOS 6 Device

Friday, October 26th, 2012

One of the new “features” of iOS 6 is that you can make phone calls, send emails, compose and send texts, search Google and send the results to a contact — all from a LOCKED iPhone. While this might be a great convenience and useful feature for people on the go, Siri can’t yet distinguish between voices. So if anyone gains physical access to your phone, holds down the Home button, and tells Siri to send a letter of resignation to your boss, your iPhone will happily comply.

To disable Siri access on a locked phone:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Passcode Lock and enter your current passcode.
  4. In Allow Access When Locked, in Siri, slide to Off to prevent Siri from being activated when the phone is locked.

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Techie Tip of the Week: It’s Cyber Awareness Month – Be Safe Online!

Friday, October 19th, 2012

In honor of national cyber security awareness month, this week we’d like to point out some of things you can do to make your online experience safer!

From the National Cyber Security Alliance, here are the top 31 security tips. One for each day of the month!

Techie Tip of the Week: Turn Off Tracking in iOS 6

Friday, October 12th, 2012

You may have heard the news earlier this week that Apple has quietly restarted allowing advertisers and other third parties to track your online behavior as you use apps and browse on your iPhone/iPad/other iOS device. Although it doesn’t identify you as a person, the new technology in iOS 6 does tell advertisers enough information to infer your online behavior.

Today’s tip shows how you can turn off this so-called IDFA (IDentifier For Advertising) technology:

  1. On your iOS 6 device, tap Settings.
  2. Tap General (not Security).
  3. Tap About.
  4. Tap Advertising.


  5. In Limit Ad Tracking, slide to ON.

Once set to ON, you’ll no longer be tracked by advertisers, developers and producers of apps and sites.

Techie Tip of the Week: Automate Gmail Using Filters

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Last year, we talked about automating the handling of your email by setting up rules using Apple Mail, Outlook, and Stanford Email (Zimbra).

This week, since many are moving to Gmail (undergraduate students were migrated over the summer, and some departments have converted to Gmail), we thought we’d cover how to do a similar function in Gmail.

Filters are rules that you can set up that are applied you open your mail. For example, you can set up a rule to automatically shunt all email from your supervisor into a special label. Or suppose you want all email from your favorite email distribution list to be starred automatically. Or automatically archive or delete email messages. Filters can do that automatically for you!

To set up a filter in Gmail:

  1. Click the Gear icon (located in the upper right corner of the Gmail window) and select Settings.
  2. Click Filters.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of your screen and click Create a new filter.
  4. Enter your filter conditions and criteria.For example, to create a filter to isolate all of the email from your boss, put the boss’s email address in the From field.Or to filter out all the email messages in your account with the word  “widget”, enter “widget” in the Has the words field.

    Then, click Create filter with this search.

  5. Select the desired action.To have the filter also use email that is currently in your Inbox (as opposed to just email that will come in after you create the filter), click Also apply filter to matching conversations.For example, to have messages that meet the criteria chosen in step 4 be automatically starred, the label boss applied to them, and automatically marked as important, check the appropriate checkbox.
  6. Click Create filter to finalize the filter.