GSE413 Live Life Use Passkeys

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On episode 413 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa discuss the answer to life, the universe, and how it could be passkeys. We have helpful links in our full show notes. Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Mastodon for additional tips and conversation. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Find Melissa here and find Elisa here or here. Geekiest Show Ever is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Products made by Apple mentioned in this podcast are a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. Episode artwork by Melissa Davis. The passkey icon is a trademark of FIDO Alliance, Inc.

Passkey Directory – FIDO Alliance

Passkeys.directory – 1Password

Unlock 1Password with a passkey (beta)

Melissa’s Passkeys presentation for Tucson Macintosh Users Group

(the presentation begins at the 49:12 mark)


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GSE406 Cytober

On episode 406 of Geekiest Show Ever, it’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Elisa and Melissa share advice for keeping online accounts safer and try to use Amazon’s new passkey feature while recording live. Tune in to see how that turned out! Check out full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse406-cytober/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Send us your feedback. Email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Mastodon for additional tips and conversation. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found on X at elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at TheMacMommy.com Episode art by Melissa Davis based on a photo by Tara Winstead.

References

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

https://www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month

https://www.1password.university/

Amazon is making it easier and safer for you to access your account with passwordless sign-in— Amazon

Amazon goes password-free on iOS and the web with passkey — 9to5mac

Picks

Anker Magnetic Portable Charger 5K, Wireless Portable Charger with USB-C Cable, Battery Pack Only Compatible with Magsafe

OULUOQI Compatible with AirPods Pro 2 Case 2023/2022, Soft Silicone Skin Cover Shock-Absorbing Protective Case Compatible with Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Generation Case [Front LED Visible]

Purple iPhone 15 Pro case

amFilm OneTouch 2+2 Pack Compatible with iPhone 15 Pro Screen Protector 6.1″ Tempered Glass with Camera Lens Protector Accessories, Premium Easiest Installation Kit 9H HD, Case Friendly

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GSE403 Healthcare Tech Tips

On episode 403 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa discuss tips for getting life done with tech from installing smart plugs and running utility apps to managing the healthcare of a loved one. Check out full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse403-healthcare-tech-tips/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Send us your feedback. Email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Mastodon for additional tips and conversation. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Episode art by Melissa Davis

Mactracker

SuperDuper!

Bartender

1Password

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GSE400 Throwing Out The Game of Life

On episode 400 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa discuss building furniture, smart home tech that irritates their husbands, ways to monitor a home remotely along with glitches that can occur and what to do about them. Check out full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse400-throwing-out-the-game-of-life/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Send us your feedback. Email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Mastodon for additional tips and conversation. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Episode art by Melissa Davis

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Here is ours:

Sharp CD Player

Magnavox CD Player

Greatest Rock Albums Puzzle

Rummikub game

No bathroom is complete without a framed thousand-piece puzzle of 101 Pooping Puppies!

App Picks

Good Earth Lighting app

BILT app

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GSE385 Upgrading to 1Password 8 Live

On episode 385 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa discuss upgrading to 1Password 8, what is a hit and what is a miss. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse385-upgrading-to-1password-8-live/.

You can download versions of 1Password and learn more here: https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/

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Geekiest Show Ever is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Products made by Apple mentioned in this podcast are a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions.

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GSE383 So Many Portals

On episode 383 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa share tips for managing healthcare and life using their favorite apps. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse383-so-many-portals/ and look for additional tips and referral links. Episode Artwork Credit: Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash. 

Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/

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GSE371 Useful Utilities

On episode 371 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa share their favorite Mac utilities with the most beautiful interfaces. Melissa attended an outdoor festival and shares what she learned about high-tech wristbands. We’ll have links to the apps and resources we discussed in our full show notes which you can check out here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse371-useful-utilities/ ‎ Episode Artwork Credit: Melissa Davis

Setapp from MacPaw: https://setapp.com

MacPaw, a developer founded in Kyiv, Ukraine, makes *amazing* software. We want to show our support, so please read the MacPaw blog for more information on how you can also #StandWithUkraine https://macpaw.com/blog

Bartender from Surtees Studios: https://www.macbartender.com (also available on Setapp: https://setapp.com/apps/bartender)

Due app from Due: https://www.dueapp.com/

Folder Colorizer for Mac from Softorino: https://softorino.com/how-to-change-folder-color-on-mac/

https://softorino.com/faq/universal-license/ (Compare this lifetime license with a monthly subscription if you find similar apps in other software store catalogs.)

CleanMyMac X from MacPaw: https://macpaw.com/cleanmymac (or use Melissa’s affiliate link here)

iMazing from DigiDNA https://imazing.com

Omni Discsweeper from Omnigroup https://www.omnigroup.com/more

1Password from 1Password: https://www.1password.com/

SuperDuper! from ShirtPocket https://shirtpocket.com

Dropbox from Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/plans

Push Mic Control from Jose Antonio Jimenez Campos: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/push-mic-control-a-push-to-talk-ptt-manager/id1155850258?mt=12

iGlasses from eCamm https://www.ecamm.com/mac/iglasses/

Call Recorder from eCamm https://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/

Disclosure: Elisa and Melissa have been provided with review licenses for some of the software discussed in this episode. They have not been paid to positively review these apps. They just really love the software and think it’s both useful and beautiful! Melissa may earn an affiliate commission on MacPaw apps for pointing you to their site.

Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/

Episode Artwork Credit: Melissa Davis

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GSE352 Bug Report

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On episode 352 of Geekiest Show Ever, we discuss some of the troubleshooting experiences we’ve had over the past several weeks to keep our technology mostly working for us and not so much the other way around. We discuss the methods we use with our password manager to create new accounts more efficiently, how to deal with Keychain or web browser password saving conflicts, and more. Melissa files a bug report with Apple! Follow us for additional tips and conversation on Twitter @GeekiestShow https://twitter.com/geekiestshow

Tips

Use a password manager to pre-populate the fields on a web form

Instead of just filling out the fields on a website form then trying to take notes later, why not START by PRE-populating the fields in your password manager? This way, as you’re filling out the fields you can copy and paste and it will cut down on errors in data entry.

Elisa recommends using a clipboard manager for storing information to copy and paste. This makes data entry easier and more efficient, too. She also recommends using the password generator tool to help you come up with goofy answers to password reset or security questions. Remember, it doesn’t have to be the CORRECT answer, but “Aluminum-Foil ™” is already taken. 🙂

Here is a screenshot that shows the website form fields you need to fill out when creating a new “mySocial Security” account online. We’ll use this as an example because it’s one of the websites that has created a lot of friction for people when they try to sign up. It has a lot of parts to it. You need to pick: a username, password, three password reset questions, and three answers to those questions. That’s eight pieces of unique information in one go! On top of it, the password you pick must meet a specific criteria which they list in the instructions, but if you’re filling out the form and you make a mistake, you might have to start over in an area or you might forget what questions and answers you chose. It can be frustrating if you do not document everything in a safe and accessible place right away.

OR

You could use this method for pre-populating the login entry in your password manager ahead of time. Here is a screenshot of what it might look like in 1Password:

Foam ear tip replacements for AirPods Pro are really helping to reduce ear fatigue. I forget I have them in my ears when I have the foam tips on. Phone calls are soooo much better now. I don’t dread making phone calls nearly as much as I used to. Now, if only I could get better battery life! Since I forget I’m wearing them, the battery drains more quickly. I have gotten better about putting them back into the case to charge, but it’s a habit one has to learn.

Network Issues

Elisa’s Internet Connectivity Experience

Internet speed and consistency is a problem we all deal with from time to time. After rebooting your computer and trying some troubleshooting techniques like booting into Safe Mode, if the problem still persists, it might be worth taking a look at your modem or router. If it’s more than a few years old, it might be time to replace it. If your ISP supplies the hardware, get the speeds you pay for by keeping your equipment up to date.

Hardware Issues

Melissa’s AirPods Pro Replacement Experience

My beloved AirPods Pro ended up being a lemon, sadly. The good news is that it was really easy to get them replaced by Apple under warranty with their DIY exchange program. I purchased them back in November of 2020. First there was a case ID support ticket generated where we triaged the issue over the phone. It was determined that a replacement was in order. They put a hold on my Apple Card and sent me the two replacement parts. I put the defective parts into the boxes and shipped them back and they released the hold on my Apple Card. The whole process took only a few days from start to finish. One of the troubleshooting suggestions was to see if I could locate another set of AirPods Pro to test, but that proved futile. After a doctor appointment, since I was already out of the house, I stopped by our local Authorized Apple Repair place as well as a Best Buy, but neither had a spare AirPods Pro set they could use to help me rule out whether it was the case or just the AirPod for the left ear. When I called Apple back and told them, they initiated a replacement by mail. I could have skipped this part altogether, but I was really curious about what a test might reveal. All told, I was only without my AirPods Pro for about a week and I’m happy to have them working again. I really, really missed them while I couldn’t use them. If this happens to you, it might help to know what options you have.

Troubleshooting Siri with Reminders app issue on Apple Watch Experience

It used to be that whenever I’d raise my wrist then speak the phrase, “Remind me to check the washer in 15 minutes,” Siri would tell me she’d gotten it and the reminder would go automatically to my “Reminders” list because that’s the list I have set as my default list. I used that feature all the time until one day, when I glanced at my watch, I noticed that the reminder I’d just set was being put onto a “Finance” list that I share with my husband. I thought, “This is wrong, I don’t want him getting MY reminders showing up on his Apple Watch or iPhone while he’s trying to conduct classes. How annoying!” (I use Reminders a lot.) So, down the rabbit hole I went trying to document the issue and discovered it somehow became a bug since the last watchOS update. I was able to get the issue escalated to Apple’s Engineering department. It was actually fun talking to one of the Engineers and to see the diagnostic process that’s involved in logging the issue with them. Still no solution, but I’m happy to know it wasn’t something I was neglecting to do. I’ll report back if the problem gets fixed in a future update.

Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. We’d like to hear from you. Let us know about a tech topic that interests you.

Elisa can be found at @senseidai or www.ThreeGeekyLadies.com
Melissa can be found at @TheMacMommy or www.TheMacMommy.com

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GSE351 Locked Down

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

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Hacking and scamming incidents are on the rise. It’s a sad fact of pandemic life now, but on episode 351 of Geekiest Show Ever, we’re here to tell you that you can take back some control if you know what to look out for and how to implement best practices. We believe that online security should be a regular part of our overall well-being. It’s why we so frequently discuss security issues and using password managers. Tune in to hear us share our field experience for ways to help your loved ones become safer in our digitally connected world. Follow us for additional tips and conversation on Twitter @GeekiestShow https://twitter.com/geekiestshow

App Pick

Miele-LXI‪V is a free DICOM viewer for looking at images like MRI or Xray on your computer. Your doctor will either give you a disc or a way to get the images onto your computer, but if the program they provide is not compatible, this is a good alternative.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/miele-lxiv/id988332475 (Mac App Store link)
https://dicom.3utilities.com/viewer.php (developer website)

Security PSA

Check in with your loved one and have a conversation about their computer use and habits. Ask them to look at the programs installed on their devices and then ask if any of them look unfamiliar. Another good question to ask is if they have ever gotten “assistance” over the computer remotely by someone they didn’t know well who told them they could help them get money back. It’s an important conversation to have because sometimes the person feels embarrassed and won’t mention it. There are so many remote conferencing apps we use now for managing life in a pandemic. While these apps are really helpful and do serve a legitimate purpose, they can be used to exploit us during our most vulnerable times.

Think about the patterns that most phishing scams follow: a claim is made that convinces you to act because your money is in jeopardy or there is some information about you that has been revealed and you’re urged to check it out. They are targeting us in areas where we feel the most vulnerable: financial security and reputation. Many times those go hand in hand. The hacker will claim that you’ve been hacked and they are there to rescue you when they are actually the hacker!

1Password Families Review

Both Elisa and I have now converted our 1Password single licenses to the 1Password Families subscription service. We discuss how we got set up and how we’re using it with our families.

Tips

1.

If you’re using 1Password for Families with young children or older loved ones who are not yet digitally literate, consider setting up a shared vault with their name on it for them and then make that their default vault in the 1Password app Preferences. To set it up this way, click the Vaults tab in 1Password Preferences then look for the setting that says “Always open to” and change it from Private to their [Name] vault. Where it says “Show in All Vaults” uncheck the Private vault and be sure their [Name] vault is checked. This is where you can also check (enable) the vault that is shared by default with all the members of your family for passwords you want everyone to have access to. If you share your Netflix login, for example, that would be saved and synced in the default Shared vault. Then where it says “Vault for Saving” change that from Private to their [Name] vault. Now, each time your child or family member saves a new password, it will be saved in their [Name] vault and you will also have access to it. If they need help populating the fields, you can make those changes or corrections and it will be synced to their device from yours. Many times in the beginning, people forget to change the signup URL to the login URL and then wonder why they keep ending up on a page that asks them to create a new account. It’s understandably confusing! Because you’ll have access to their vault, you could locate the correct URL and then enter it for them from your own device. Sharing vaults like this is helpful for those of us who are tasked with being the family’s Digital Executor.

2.

Be sure to print out your 1Password Emergency kits, but before you do, consider annotating the PDF to include the Master Password. Use a monospace font like Courier (which is available on most systems) that will make the letters and numbers a bit easier to read. Make the text super large so that there’s no mistake reading what needs to be entered when it’s required.

3.

Whenever you’re enrolling into an online account for the first time and they ask you to pick security questions, make up silly answers to store in your password manager! They do NOT need to be correct and it’s even safer if they are harder to guess because your mother’s maiden name is not a hard fact to find out.

Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. We’d like to hear from you. Let us know about a tech topic that interests you.

Elisa can be found at @senseidai or www.ThreeGeekyLadies.com
Melissa can be found at @TheMacMommy or www.TheMacMommy.com

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GSE347 Remote Possibilities


Photo by Melissa Davis

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It’s Melissa’s birthday (by the time you hear this) AND it’s the LAST GSE of 2020! What a long year it’s been — good riddance! We’ve had to do a lot of adapting and it feels like there’s still sooo much more to overcome. In episode 347 of Geekiest Show Ever, we’ll discuss some of the ways we’ve used technology throughout the year to adapt and attempt to overcome some of the challenges this pandemic has thrown at us so far. Follow us for additional tips and conversation on Twitter @GeekiestShow https://twitter.com/geekiestshow

Check the Apple Security Updates page to see if your Apple gear is up to date.

My grandparents’ candlestick telephone was a very special gift I received for Christmas from my mother. There is a photo of it for our episode artwork. I played with this as a small child and it has a lot of special memories attached to it. I think these are the best kinds of gifts. Now it sets on my dining room hutch and I love to hear the sound of the rotary dial when the kids play with it. I think it’s what makes technology magical yet.

Reminders List Exports

I found out that in macOS Catalina, you can no longer export Reminders lists. If this has changed in Big Sur, I’ll be wanting to know, but as of yet, this script from Gary Rosenzweig of MacMost.com is the closest I’ve come to getting something I can work with. It involves some programming and use of the Automator app, but Gary is really good about explaining it in good detail. I was able to implement it and utilize it. My next goal will be to create an iOS Shortcut to try and work with the text it generates. My son likes creating shortcuts, so that’s always a little fun project for him and I to do together.

How To Copy Reminders In macOS Catalina with a Script: https://macmost.com/how-to-copy-reminders-in-macos-catalina-with-a-script.html

Fitness Plus Preview

Elisa gives us her initial impressions on Fitness Plus as well as how to score a better deal on it.

Mac Hygiene

We all know how important it is to clean our hands, but how about cleaning your Mac? Check out this special on CleanMyMac X with my affiliate link.

Elisa can be found at @senseidai or www.ThreeGeekyLadies.com
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