How to Disable Facebook Video Autoplay on iOS for Less Data Usage

No PlayLast month I absolutely blew through the data cap on my phone.  We’re talking more than 3GB used before the 20th of the month.  I was a little perturbed, even when I was using an elliptical three times a week and streaming Supernatural for an hour each session I still wasn’t going over my limit.  How was it then, that being lazy was causing me to use more data?  I began the hunt.

It turns out that not too long ago Facebook began to play videos automatically as part of one of their marketing changes.  Although they begin to play without sound, the videos still chewed up my bandwidth unnecessarily.  Not only just on my data network, but on my wireless as well.  I’m one of the few poor unfortunate souls in the U.S. that actually has a data cap on their home internet (150GB for $50 a month, 6MbPS.  Suck it Bloom Broadband.)  Thankfully there’s a way to turn it off.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone (or iPad, because the same issues can happen here too.)
  2. Scroll down and tap on Facebook.
  3. Now tap on Settings.
  4. Under the Video section you can do one of two things (well, three but I prefer these two):
    • Choose Wi-fi only to have the videos only autoplay while you’re connected to wi-fi
    • Choose Off to have the videos never play on their own

My preference is off, I can only watch the first three seconds of the new 50 Shades of Grey trailer so many times.

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Thinking about Complacency with Security

Apple's "Down for Maintenance" message

Apple’s developer pages have actively been down for maintenance for quite a few days now.  Yesterday I received an email that apparently went out to everyone with a dev account which read:

Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then. (more…)

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Update: Quick Way to Identify Phishing/Spam/Fake emails

You can view the original tip here.

I’ve recently noticed a new trend from a lot of the phishing emails I’ve been receiving; they’re looking a lot more professional.

In recent weeks I’ve received emails claiming to be from FedEx, UPS, USPS, Bank of America and Chase.  Each of these emails not only had a picture of the company’s logo in the email, but also mimicked quite closely what an “official” email from the company would look like.  The links contained in the email were a bit more savvy than I’ve seen in the past as well.  It wasn’t so much the text as it was the URL that the links were sending people to.

In the past, most of the websites that the phishing emails linked to would be jibberish; something like  This isn’t always the case any more.  Unfortunately as of late I’ve seen a large increase in the amount of near legitimate looking domains.  All of the emails I’ve received in the last few weeks have ended with the name of the company that was the subject of the email to begin with such as fedex.html or ups.html.  This could make it harder to distinguish the fake from the real.

When clicking on links in your email from unsolicited sources make sure that the first part of the address that it’s sending you to is correct.  UPS should link to, Bank of America should link to and so on.

Taking a moment to review these simple things could potentially save you a ton of time and money in the future!

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