Category: Mac

A Small Piece of CSS Code Can Restart your iPhone and iPad and Freeze Your Mac

A new CSS based attack can now crash your iPhone and force it to restart. This attack is equally affecting iPad while Mac users can face a brief freeze on their Mac. We are not saying this, a security researcher by the Twitter username @pwnsdx discovered it. This is all done by using a few lines of CSS code. This exploit uses basic webpage written with few lines of HTML and CSS codes. The codes are also not that complicated.

These codes try to apply something called backdrop-filter to a series of nested properties known as div. This property is relatively new, and it works by color shifting or blurring our images that are inside a div element. It requires a lot of processing power that we suspect Apple cannot handle. Apple by default uses Apple web rendering engine WebKit to render all the web pages. We suspect that nesting lot of elements under the backdrop-filter may have been causing lots of stress for the GPU and kernel and forcing the device to restart to avoid damaging hardware.

The bug seems to attack both the iPhone and iPad similarly by crashing the phone and restarting. While Mac users are not facing restart Mac, but it does freeze the Mac for few minutes.

After the getting the report, we tried to test and found that our phone is also vulnerable to the bug. This bug can sound harmless, but it is not. Anyone online via Twitter and Facebook sends you a link with those codes and make your device restart on the middle of something.

Few users also reported the same bunch of codes could even crash Apple Watches as well. You can see in this twitter video posted by someone by the username @Sonikku_a2

At least a good news is that this bug cannot be used to run and execute malicious codes. That means how annoying this bug can be you can at least be sure that no one has installed some spooky malware on to your device to steal your data.

How The Internet Reacting this Bug

Every time there is a new bug Internet uses it’s in the most creative way possible. One of the users said that finally, they could use this bug to command Siri to restart the phone while another user shared a screenshot where he is using the same link to reboot the iPhone.

This is hilarious.

Apple and Bugs

Apple has an excellent track record of fixing bugs, but every once in a while you see bugs that are hilarious. One of them was a Telugu character that causes crashing iPhones, iPads, and Macs. This was back in February in 2018. Apple then since fixed this issue. You can see in the video down below.

The internet was exploded with people pranking other Apple product users by sending them the character and making them restart the phone. There was some funny meme as well on this same bug.

So what do you think about this new bug? Have you also faced this bug on your iPhone or Mac? We are eager to hear your funny story.

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How to Access Windows PC and Mac from Android and iPhone

The smartphone is an essential part of this information generation. We all carry smartphones with us all the time. Smartphones are also getting smarter and powerful with every passing year. Smartphones are also capable of handling many tasks that only computers were able to do a few years back. Now things have changed. Many people think that in the coming years, our smartphones might be able to replace computers completely. While there is time for that to happen, in the current time we all have a computer with us for different tasks that a smartphone might not be handled.

Managing two devices at the same time is a difficult task, and sometimes we just wish that there were ways to access a computer from the smartphone itself. Well, that is going to come true in this article. We have had several methods to access computers from smartphones in the past, but most of them are not up to the expectation. Not anymore. In this article, I’ll show you how you can access your Windows and Mac computer from both Android and iOS smartphones for free.

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Prerequisite

Here are few things you need to have in place to be able to access computers from Smartphones.

1. A Windows or Mac laptop or desktop.
2. Google Chrome browser on your Mac or Windows computer.
3. A decent speed internet connection and a Google account

How to Access Windows and Mac Computer from Android or iOS

First, make sure you have read the Prerequisites.

Step-1: Configure Mac or Windows computer

Open your Google Chrome browser on Windows or Mac computer and visit remotedesktop.google.com.

Scroll down a little and click on “Get Started” button. Sign in with your Google account. If you are already signed in then, it might not ask you again.

After signing in, Google will ask you to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension for your browser. This is a free extension for Google Chrome developed by Google itself.

After installing the extension, open it by clicking on the extension icon.

Here under “My Computers,” click Get Started and then Enable Remote Connection.

Enter a PIN and re-enter the pin then click on OK.

Allow Chrome to Download and Install remote desktop on your computer.

Step 2: Configure Smartphone

After configuring your computer, now it is time to setup your smartphone.

  • First, download Chrome Remote Desktop for your Android or iOS from the respective app stores.
  • Open the app and sign in with the same Google account that you used to set up your computer remote desktop.
  • Now you can see your computer name on the app. Click on it, and it will ask you to enter the PIN.
  • Enter the PIN that you had set up earlier and click connect.

That is all; now you can access your computer from both Windows and Mac from your Android or iOS smartphone.

How to Install Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux?

Installing Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux based computer is tricky. Google has a really good resource page about how you can install and active Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux. You can read from here.

Please remember that Chrome Remote Desktop is still in beta phase, you can expect some basic bugs in it.

This is how you can access your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from Android or iOS smartphones easily and for free.

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How to Find and Saved Passwords on Mac

Mac, the 2nd most popular computer OS after windows have a lot of features under its sleeve. Many people use Mac because they feel mac is more sophisticated with features and performance than windows and that is true for many instances. I use both Mac and Windows for different purposes, and I must tell you that Mac has its advantages and millions of others who use Mac I agree with them.

Mac has very subtle and nifty features that might not sound super important, but in our day to day, it helps to make the computing process easier. One of them is the Keychain. Keychain helps you to save passwords for many websites in an encrypted form and autofill it when necessary. Keychain passwords are also synced with other Apple devices logged with the same Apple ID which ensures that you carry your password everytime you need.

There is no denying that Keychain is a great feature and saves you from remembering hundreds of complex password. But sometimes we do need to know the password and saving a complex password is not that easy. There could be many reasons as to why you need a password, but we can help, you find your saved password from your Mac machine.

Find saved password on Mac

How to Find Save Password on Mac

1. Open Keychain Access. You can find it in others folder by going to launch pad, or you can do a spotlight search.

2. Click on the Password under the category on the left.

3. Search for the thing you want to see the password and double click on it.

Show Password

4. Click on the box beside ‘Show Password.‘ Mac will ask for your login password. So enter the password that you use to login to your mac.

5. Now you can see the password.

How to Find Saved WiFi Password on Mac

Another great feature of Keychain Access is that you can also find the WiFi password that you have saved. So to do so, follow the below instructions.

1. Open Keychain Access, under Keychains from the top left side of the screen, click Systems.

2. Under category from the bottom left side of the screen, click Password. You can see all the WiFi networks; your Mac was connected to.

3. Select your desired network and double click on it.

4. Click the box beside Show Password and enter your Mac login password.

5. Now you can see the password of that network.

Keychain on Mac is a great feature and easy to use too. I wish Windows also had such a simple yet powerful tool to find and organize passwords.

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