iMore’s Ultimate Guide to Using iPhone and iPad Features

Yesterday I posted an in-depth description of using Notification Center on your iPhone and iPad, today iMore posted an excellent guide for using all the basic features of iOS. Included in iMore's article are instructions for deleting apps, using the Control Center, creating folders, quitting apps, multi-tasking, and using Siri among other things.

This is a great article for any lawyer that is new to using an iPhone or iPad or who just feels like they can't use their device to its full extent. Keep your eyes on our site for further in-depth articles on features like these to come.

This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being an editor at iPlug Delaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.


iPhone Reset Options Explained

2014-05-09 11.29.40Have you ever looked at the reset menu on your iPhone, and thought, “what does it all mean!!!!!”. If so, Redmond Pie has an excellent article that explains what all the reset options do in iOS 7. The Reset options are located in the Settings App, General Settings, then Reset.

Most of the time these setting will just be used before you are switching devices, but if you are running into weird problems on your iPhone or iPad, some of the reset options may help solve your problem without doing a full “Erase All Content and Settings”. Head over to Redmond Pie for a full description of each option.

Siri Will Let Anyone Access Your Contacts from the Lock Screen

openlockA new “feature” of iOS 7.1.1 has been discovered by Egyptian Neurosurgeon Sherif Hashim. With a simple work-around, Siri will help anyone access your contacts, even if your phone is locked. The bug allows a user to launch Siri, and say “Call”, “Text” or “Email”, and then after using the keyboard to type a single letter, the user is prompted to “Clarify, at which time selecting “Other…” will provide them with the contact list on the device.

Beyond possibly revealing confidential client lists for attorneys (that keep clients in their contacts), once the contact list is seen, Siri can be used to “Text”, “Call” or “Email” anyone that was identified from browsing your contacts. This means that the malicious user can send messages as YOU to contacts on your device!

For those that want to prevent themselves from being a victim of this vulnerability, disable the use of Siri on the lockscreen. This can be done by going into the Settings App, choosing “Passcode” (or on iPhone 5s, “Touch ID & Passcode”), then disabling Siri access in the “Allow Access When Locked” section. No word on when a fix will be released.2014-05-07 09.59.23

For more information, see Gizmodo.

Another Week, Another iOS Security Bug

Today another reminder has come that your telephone operating system is never as secure as you may think it is. 9To5 Mac has a story indicating that a security researcher has discovered that several versions of iOS 7 (including the current version 7.1.1), are not encrypting email attachments in the bundled Mail application. This is a major issue, because adding a passcode to your iPhone or iPad, is supposed to add this extra layer of security to your attachments.

What this means to the end-user in the legal community, is that it is possible that if your device falls in the wrong hands, your attachments may be accessible even if your device is password-protected. There does not appear to be any solution to this issue at this time. The security researcher, Andreas Kurtz, reached out to Apple and it claims to be aware of the issue, but has not indicated when a fix would be issued.

In the meantime, be careful if you are using a corporate, Government or personal email account on your device, and you are exchanging documents with confidential information.

iOS 7.1 Review by iMore

If you haven’t yet updated to iOS 7.1, or you have updated and want to know what has changed, iMore just published a great review of iOS 7.1. (If you are not familiar with iMore, it is a great blog devoted to iOS. iMore covers breaking news, rumors and reviews of all iOS products and accessories.)

For more information about iOS 7.1, please see our previous post, Apple Releases iOS 7.1.

Apple Releases iOS 7.1

Apple released the newest version of iOS this week. iOS 7.1 is now available as a free update for all iPads except the original iPad 1. The update is also available for iPhone 4 and above, and 5th Generation iPod Touch. Ars Technica has a great overview of the changes introduced with iOS 7.1. Apple has instructions for updating your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

I have updated several of my devices, but as always, it is important to remember that you should backup your device before updating. Although iCloud is a great option for backing-up your device, if there are any problems with the update on your device, it may take a full day to restore your device using iCloud (as opposed to a couple hours using a local backup). I highly recommend that you make a complete update on your local computer before installing any updates to iOS. I did have one of my iPads crash during the update (requiring a full restore), but there have not been any widespread reports of problems with this update.

Updates are important to install due to security updates that are made. This latest update from Apple includes numerous important updates that better secure your device. Apple has made a list of the security updates available on its website. The most important update is to SSL Certificate Trust Policy. This was previously patched in iOS 7.0.6, but if you are running any version of iOS below 7.0.6, your device, and maybe more importantly, your personal information is at risk of being compromised. Basically, iOS contained a bug that would allow malicious codes to intercept login credentials that you believed were being transmitted using secure encryption. MacWorld has a great article that summarizes the bug.

The iOS 7.1 update will be discussed further during our March 18th iPlug meeting. iPlug meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at the Panera in Fairfax, Delaware (the backroom of the restaurant). Meetings typically last one hour and are open to all Delaware Attorneys.