Heartbleed

Heartbleed is the name of a specific vulnerability of a website’s security protocol. Any time you input a log in and password into a website that uses this particular protocol, someone could theoretically take advantage of this weakness and read your log in and password. Not all websites are affected but a lot are. For a list of affected websites, go here. If you have an account at one of the affected websites, I HIGHLY suggest you change your password.

The most disturbing part is that the NSA (National Security Agency) has known about this vulnerability for TWO YEARS and did not say anything about it. Not only did they leave hundreds of millions of Americans at risk of their passwords getting stolen, they probably used this vulnerability for their own use. The fact that they knew about this and yet said nothing angers me to no end. Along with the leaks that Edward Snowden made public, I have no faith that the American Government has our interests in mind.

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain

One quick thing before we start — 99.9% of the time it is not actually iOS that is causing your battery to drain quickly. I guarantee you that if you erased your phone and there were no apps or email on it, it would last for ages. But, no one uses their device like that, nor should they. Hopefully with these steps you will be living in iOS battery bliss while still using all the apps and features you love.

There seems to be a lot of urban legends as to how to make your iPhone battery last longer. This is from a former Apple Store Genius it so he/she has probably seen it all. This is about as definitive a piece I’ve seen on this subject. Great article.

How to Launch Your Music Player From Control Center

One of the great things about iOS 7’s Control Center is that it gives you easy access to the music player controls. At any time, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen and you can pause, skip ahead, go back or adjust the volume. But what if you want to change artists, albums or browse your collection altogether?

Tap here to launch your media player
Tap here to launch your media player

Instead of hitting the Home button to take you to the home screen and having to search for your music app, you can simply tap the song and artist while you’re in Control Center and it will automatically launch the app. This is a nice little shortcut that will save you a few extra taps when you want to change songs.