Category: Current Events

Updated Thoughts On Last Pass Breach

I just want to let you know my updated thoughts on this — now that I am more fully aware of what is going on.   Some of you I have helped move to another password manager 1Password or Bit Warden.  It’s entirely possible that you may want to stay with Last Pass and while they are not a company I would continue paying $36 a year to — it’s not the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of (better then keeping passwords in an unprotected Word document on the computer, as some of my clients do.) 

If I were to give this situation a score I’m giving it a 5.5 out of 10, with 0 being nothing doing – walking to the sidewalk is a risk and 10 being nuclear disaster, call the lawyers. (However, I’m sure Last pass will be sued.)

Up until Thursday 12/22, Last Pass was a very respected commercial password manager, seen as an industry leader and widely praised among security experts — FOR YEARS.  Other competitors include 1Password, Dashlane, and Bit Warden.  In addition to personal use, Last Pass had a lot of corporate customers as well.  It’s estimated that there were as many as 37 million Last Pass accounts, just to give you an idea of their reach.  I had been a paying Last Pass customer since 2013. I think I first got started with formal password managers with 1Password back in 2010.  Back then I was primarily a Mac user.  I wanted to become fluent in both systems, so what I did for several years was keep my personal and business passwords in 1Password but keep all passwords related to my Master’s degree and the industry I was exploring in Last Pass.  Eventually around 2016-2017, I moved all of my passwords into Last Pass.  It wasn’t a better or worse situation, but since I was already paying for a Last Pass subscription and 1Password moved to a subscription model — I didn’t want to pay for a subscription to both.   The way I used to see things, I would recommend 1Password if a client was all Apple and and I would recommend Last Pass if there was a Windows device involved.  However, out in the wild there were plenty of Apple-only geeks out there that used Last Pass.  Today, it really doesn’t matter — both managers work fine on Windows and Mac interchangeably. 

Ending my story and back to the matter at hand — about a month ago Last Pass revealed that they discovered a minor security breach from back in August where no sensitive (ie. un-encrypted) data was revealed.   Companies are attacked all the time — insurance companies, the state government, etc, etc.  We never hear about it.  It’s like a vandal who breaks glass in a store but doesn’t steal locked goods.  It happens all the time.  Technically under the GDPR (European privacy laws, which are stricter than US), I believe notification is not required if ENCRYPTED data is stolen.  In general if data is truly well encrypted, it could take hackers multiple lifetimes — 1000s of years — to crack the data.  No one thought much of Last Pass’ previous announcement.  It’s nice that they let everyone know.

Then they made an announcement on 12/22.  Now that I have clarity on the breach, I want to be very specific.  These evil hackers did not have an active intrusion into Last Pass servers where they were running amok through customer data at the present time — like active shooters running through a mall — pardon the analogy.  The hackers breached a backup of Last Pass customer data that was connected to an employee’s computer in August 2022.  It all goes back to that breach.  It was an incident more than 4 months ago isolated to that point in time.

BUT BUT BUT — Last Pass’ claim to fame all these years was its ZERO KNOWLEDGE policy.   All customer data is locked with the Master Password right?  So the hackers got a big lump of coal, right?   Sadly — not true!!

While customers’ Master passwords and password data and secure notes WERE encrypted – customer names, email addresses and URL’s (meaning each website address they had a password for) WERE NOT encrypted.  Last Pass never let customers know this.  They certainly implied otherwise with that Zero Knowledge policy. 

It has not been revealed how many of the 37 million accounts’ data was stolen.  Logic would lead one to believe that this one employee did not have a backup of all of these accounts, but conservative estimates are perilous.  All customers should assume they were in the batch of stolen data.  The other key thing to remember is that this breach happened over 4 months ago and there haven’t been massive, widespread attacks against Last Pass customers.  According to experienced IT security professionals that I have interacted with over the past few days, this would indicate some sort of nation-state actor, likely looking to target specific individuals, such as their citizens or enemies. 

I think Last Pass failed on the communication front.  What did they know and when did they know it?   I do believe them that password data is secure if those passwords were protected with a secure Master Password. HOWEVER, some customers may have had WEAK master passwords. Uh-oh. Last Pass also failed in not having ALL data in a customer profile be encrypted. 

In conclusion, whether you are staying with Last Pass or moving to another password manager — you need a new master password and also the specific password for ALL SITES (all logins) need to be changed.  This will take you some time.  Do it deliberately and patiently.  Password managers like 1Password and Last Pass have a random password generator if you do not want to create your own.  I believe in also keeping a hard copy in a notebook as well.   I also like this tool for creating random passwords  https://www.random.org/passwords/  — your new passwords should be at the very bare minimum 12 characters long and ideally 14 to 16 characters plus, compliant with the website itself.  Some sites will not let you do 20 character passwords.

If there is any more help I can provide on this  — please let me know.

PS.  In case you are wondering — what password manager do your clients use the most?   They use the very limited password managers built into Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.  They are fraught with their own peril, in my opinion.  Frankly, many of my customers have dozens and dozens of insecure passwords.  So they have their passwords stored in a “manager” they don’t really use or maintain. 

Done With Last Pass and Two Holiday Gifts

Before I get to the holiday cheer — i need to tell you about a serious SECURITY INCIDENT.  I’m just going to get to the point.  I can no longer faithfully recommend Last Pass as a password manager.  Never putting all the eggs in one basket, I have recommended Last Pass and 1Password over the years as paid password managers to manage your treasured credentials.  Last Pass has now suffered its 2nd security breach in about a month.  The first one was minor, however in the latest incident customer credentials were accessed.  I can’t sugar coat this.  As of right now your passwords were not breached but user names, e-mail addresses,  billing addresses were.  So if the bad guy has  your user name and e-mail address — while they can’t get into your accounts necessarily just yet — they are a lot closer.  Last Pass was a great company when Joe Siegrest ran it.  He sold it about 7 years ago to Log Me In.  They were still good for a while.  It’s gone really off track.

I really haven’t publicized it, but since February I have used a password manager called Bit Warden.   If you are using Last Pass, your credentials can be exported to either  1Password ($36 per year) or Bit Warden ($10 per year).  Don’t make the decision based on price either.  You will want to choose one of these and then delete your info off of Last Pass as soon as possible.  I am available over the weekend, Monday or Tuesday to help you with this.

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

Here Are My Holiday Gifts For you

#1 Alternative Electric Supplier — Look at your last Eversource electric bill.  If you are using 400 + kwh (kilowatt hours) per month right now, you will save money by changing electric suppliers  via the website energizect.com  .  You will still only get one Eversource bill per month.  

– Effective Jan. 1 — the Generation charge portion of your bill will double.  No joke  12 to 24 cents per kwh.

– Eversource does not profit off of generation.  They don’t care if you use an alternate generation company. 

– Unlike the “bad news” you might have heard about alternative suppliers 3 to 4 years ago, it’s a totally different ballgame now after laws were changed in 2020.  We the consumers are in control

-Best rates I was able to find right now are in the 16 to 17 range per kwh with 2 to 3 year guarantees on pricing.   It’s really a 1 way contract with the supplier guaranteeing you.   6 month, 12, or 18 months from now — if you want to change to another supplier or back to Eversource as your supplier — NO PROBLEM.  No penalty.

Examples of savings:

* I’m going to be saving $38 per month (use gas heat) by choosing Xoom as my supplier.

*My brother is going to be saving $50 per month (gas heat) by choosing Direct Energy as his supplier

*A client with electric heat in her condo (yikes!) is going to be saving $120 to $140 a month by choosing Xoom

*Just today – I saved a client $41 a month (oil heat) by choosing Xoom as his electric supplier.  This client’s annualized savings today paid for his Apple Watch. 🙂

And if Eversource’s new rate stays the same or goes up starting on July 1st — you could save even more in the summer months with that AC blasting.

No fees to switch  — one Eversource bill  — energizect.com  – you can do this!!

#2 Gift:  Some of you guys think this is funny or do not cut this page into strips to put on your fridge, near your phone and on your computer.  Please do.  I had several clients  get ripped off this year or near ripped off with infected computers.    Do you think you are so smart that you wouldn’t fall for a scam e-mail or phone call?  Think again.   I am an expert in helping older adults learn.  Older adults need reminders and reinforcement.    I have attached a 1 sheet document to print out — my $1000 Holiday Gift.   Use it  — pass it on.  It’s been updated for 2022 with some newer scams that I’ve dealt with.

In closing….

This may be my last update of the year — so I’ll close with this.   We need to take a lesson from Actor Tim Robbins and simply be kinder to each other.   The past 3 years have been a hyped up, hopped up time with a lot of division and demonization.  We do business together, we shop together, we exercise together, and attend events together.  I don’t exclude clients because of medical choices, politics, signs in the yard or whatever.  Co-existence does not confer agreement, but what I am really saying is everyone around here should do a better job of tolerating others.   Paraphrasing health guru Max Lugavere — eat more protein, less sugar, exercise more, and turn off the news.

Those are my new year’s resolutions!!

Have a joyful Christmas and Hanukkah!

05/18/22 – What Is The Apple Card?

I paid $4.59 for gas yesterday.  According to a major bank, the average may be $6.20 by summer.  A discount grocer I shop at used to sell eggs for $1.19.  They are now $2.45.  I don’t think these issues are going away any time soon.  The valleys of life sometimes entail living with the consequences of others’ (poor) decisions.  2022 is going to be one of those times.

but there are — Stories of Hope

My 89 year old great aunt and 94 year old grandmother recently have recovered from Covid 19 after getting infected about 1 month ago.  Recovery is possible, common, and likely.  Both took the new anti-viral medications.  I believe early treatment is essential, whether you take conventional or unconventional paths.  Once again you are able to order 8 free tests for your household. It takes a minute to fill out the form.  Here is another tool for your tool bag.  

COVID.gov/tests – Free at-home COVID-19 tests

Computer Speed Up Specialist

Do you have a 3 to 7 year old Windows computer that is starting to get a little slow?   Are you put off by the supply shortages and the cost of buying a new computer?   I think I may have an answer for you.   Unlike modern Macs, that have all soldered in unremovable parts — most Windows systems have a replaceable hard drive.  If your system seems that slow, you can likely benefit from a replacement with a solid state drive (SSD).  I make sure your files are backed up and then re-install Windows and your essential programs and copy your files back on to the computer.  This is a real jolt in the arm for your PC and it likely feels faster than when the computer was new.  These jobs can take as  little as 2 hours.  I just did one last week for a client that was 3 hours.   When choosing your next computer, only get one with an SSD in the future.  The Windows and Mac operating systems are meant for SSDs, in fact it is not possible to buy a Mac without one. 

Apple Card

Welcome to the world of high tech finance, I suppose.  For years, customers have always been able to finance an Apple product and get a certain number of interest free payments, at least on their first purchase.  Most recently, shoppers were offered a Barclays Apple Rewards Visa.  However, in 2019 Apple decided to take things in house and offer their own Mastercard called the Apple Card.  Apple is putting their name on it and demanding certain standards, but the banking back end is provided by the consumer division of Goldman Sachs. 

Why might someone want the Apple Card?

Well you get a card made out of titanium that is heavy and makes you feel important.  (Come on, that’s not a valid reason!) OK, getting serious here — the Apple Card seems like a valid choice for customers that regularly shop from Apple.  There is 3% cash back on all Apple purchases.  Interest free financing can also be used with all Apple purchases.  Furthermore, the card is automatically added to the Wallet app on the iPhone.   For any “tap to pay” situation, there is 2% cash back.   (There is also 1% cash back whenever you use the physical card).  The card can be used wherever Mastercard is accepted.  The full card number is not printed on your card.  It can be looked up in the Wallet app and a new number can be issued in the event of a security issue.

How to apply?

You apply using the Wallet app on your iPhone.  It’s very simple and takes about 5 minutes.

Who is this not for?

The Apple Card is not for someone who wants paper statements or to send in a check every month.  You really need an iPhone to be a card member.  You will make your payments through the Wallet app or by logging on to a website on the computer with your Apple ID and password. 

Comcast Gems and Basket of Tips

I hope it’s not a mundane Monday for you.

Going to the Movies – Thurs Apr 28 545 PM

For the first time in 2 years, I’m going to the movies.  WOW.  The great thing is that I don’t have to leave my home.  There is going to be an in person premiere of “Keeper of Time” at the SVA Theater in NYC on Thursday.  However, unlike typical theaters, viewers can watch virtually anywhere in the world at the same time.  This 90 minute documentary looks at why we measure time and why we care.  It also profiles four of the highest level watchmakers in the world.  You can find out more and see a 2 minute preview at https://www.keeperoftimemovie.com/home#about .  Tickets are $20 + $4 service fee.  I’ve got my virtual ticket and will be watching on my computer.  Hope to see you there.  Feel free to text me during or after the film if you want to discuss.

Gems of Comcast Services

Continuing with the streaming theme…..

If you need help with any other kinds of streaming such as Amazon Prime, Apple TV Plus, especially for the baseball games, let me know.  I’m finding that many of my clients that have Comcast / Xfinity for their cable TV provider are finding it especially easy to play services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and others.  The Xfinity X1 remote has a microphone.  Holding down the phone will easily allow you to bring up those services by  name.  If you give the cable box permission (which I think is fine), you can also allow it to display results from the streaming services within the results of other On Demand programming.  My typical senior clients LOVE that microphone button on the remote.  It opens up a whole world of possibilities and usability.  It’s one of the gems of their increasingly expensive service.    Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Cox cable has a similar remote that you can talk to. 

Roku Is the Best

If you don’t pay for TV or even if you do, having a separate streaming box might be a good idea.  I tend to prefer the Roku.  I have been a Roku user since 2011 or 2012.   It connects to all the major streaming services.  Modern Roku’s are also capable of Apple Air Play (direct beaming from iPhones, iPads, and Macs).  And in a room, like my bedroom, with no cable outlet — I can use the Roku as a virtual cable box for Comcast / Xfinity.

Basket of Tips

1)  I can’t stream?  Can I? Do you think I am capable? Am I too old?  I think you can!!  If you can master these 5 or 6 basic buttons on a remote, you will be streaming like a pro in no time

* The Directional Arrows*

Up — Down — Left — Right

OK,  Back, Exit, Home

>>>You’ve got this!!

2) There are TVs with the Roku platform actually built into it.  As long as is a current year model or last year — it may be a good deal if you need a new TV.  3 years old would be terrible.  I am a bit old school and I still like a separate Roku box or stick with my TV I am not a huge fan of built in Smart TV platforms but my wife uses built in You Tube all the time

3)  By the way — if you watch You Tube all the time — you probably want  You Tube Premium (which is not the same as You Tube TV).  You Tube is getting more aggressive about showing ads.  You either need an ad blocker on the computer or phone (which I use religiously) or sign up for You Tube Premium at $12.99 a month.  No Ads!!  It also gets you unlimited You Tube Music (formerly called Google Play Music.

Tips From Others — Tips 4 and 5 come from what I have learned out in the field

4) In an ongoing discrimination case involving a local police department one officer was asked if he had made a pact or an agreement with another party.   He was ordered to turn over his phone.  “No problem your honor — but I delete my text messages every night.”   Wow!!  As your digital privacy advocate — I love that!!  If you are concerned about this type of thing, you have my permission to erase your tracks like this.

5)  Want to prevent digital intruders or from that computer being ONLINE all night?  You can turn off WiFi or put your device in Airplane Mode every once in a while.  I don’t do this all the time.  I wouldn’t recommend doing it every night as updates are important but I would be OK with doing this some of the time or most of the time as some of my clients do. 

T-Mobile Update 01-2022

I wanted to share this sad report that I found online from a former T-Mobile employee. I think it goes to show how the company went downhill over the past two years. I became a T-Mobile customer in 2019 with my wife because of one guy, he was the CEO named John Legere. he was a wild man at the helm with a singular vision. He did change the cellular industry. And on two promotions within my first year as a customer they did, they did literally give me $650 for joining as a customer and then subsequently $500 on my wife’s new Samsung galaxy S 20 phone. John Legere left the company after the sprint merger closed in the summer of 2020. The only thing stopping me from leaving the company now is the amazing deal that we’re getting because my wife is over 55. We get two lines with taxes included for $70 and that includes 50 GB of prioritized data (even though it’s advertised as unlimited data, I’m just telling you the facts. it’s plenty for us.) if I were to switch to Verizon or AT&T with a comparable plan we would be looking at about $140 a month. That $70 a month savings matters to me. However if it were based on principle I would’ve left already.—-


here is one employee‘s account. You can take it for what it’s worth but I think it’s a good testimony of a breakdown of a company that was widely admired 2 to 3 years ago. Feel free to share this email with other people you know that have T-Mobile.

Ref. https://reddit.com/r/tmobile/comments/s4mnic/another_farewell_post_bye_to_my_customers_and/
After a full year of seeing the company crash and burn, I brought my equipment in and dropped it off last night, I have officially quit.
The whys:
My mental health had gone down due to the toxic work culture. I had considered suicide numerous times this year and came extremely close to going through with it but a certain employee (I am sure you know who you are) pointed me to treatment and I am doing better. I know that my life is worth a lot more than this job and want to see my family grow old. If you are struggling with your mental health, please talk to a friend or counselor or call 800-273-8255, it’s not worth it.
Internal misconduct is at an all-time high. I am not going to go too in detail but I suspect some serious lawsuits are building up right now.
Management at T-Mobile has completely given up. (Especially upper management).
The fraud and high-pressure sales culture – Those extra lines, that insurance, those extra phone cases that keep getting added to your bills after you said you didn’t want it, that’s not an accident, those are all things that the activation specialist gets a bonus off. Management doesn’t care, know why? Because they get a kickback and get profit and loss team benefits regardless of how or why something was added to your bill.
Like many other people, I am sick of the outsourcing culture, it has become extremely toxic, I used to stick up for these outsourced reps, but they have dug such a hole lately with all the lies and screwing customers over that I am officially over it.

Buy Now!

I sense this calm before the storm feeling right now.  I fear a serious economic disruption that could affect so many of us.  I hope the trajectory changes, but I have my doubts.  Prices are going way up from common items to larger purchases.  I got take out at a restaurant last week and there was a sign at the register.  “We can’t honor the prices on our menu for the following items…..”  Apple just announced they are cutting iPhone 13 production due to chip shortages.  I have seen delays spanning months on computers I wanted to order for clients.  Holiday gifts you may want to buy for your loved ones may be in short supply.  Some of the new Apple Watch 7 models going on sale this Friday have delivery dates pushed out to late November and early December.  You may be putting off car repair, a water heater, a computer, or an iPhone.  My advice would be – Buy Now!   Commit to your parts / items now, even for installation at a later time, whether the delay is by choice or reality.

Lightning Crashes

How are you doing this week?  Are you sick of the lightning and risk of damaged equipment?   I hope you at least have some decent surge protectors (not just power strips). 

 

Comcast Business Class

I had a very good experience recently with a client that had Comcast Business Class Internet.   A modem was destroyed by lightning and they came out to replace it within a couple hours.  I don’t know if it is still their policy, but I read once that on business days, they make it a point to come out within 4 hours.  If you have a business (even at home) or work from home and need that kind of reliability, you too can get Comcast business level service.  FYI, it costs more and a contract is usually required. 

Faith Restored in the Mac

I helped a client recently who had the unfortunate experience of a hacked email account (which I had seen before), but with all of the emails deleted.  Tragic!  Fortunately, this client had a Mac and had been using the Apple Mail app.  My client had also been using an external hard drive with Time Machine (built into the macOS) to back up the computer.   I was able to restore years worth of Inbox and Sent messages.   Apple Mail and Time Machine are a great combo for archival purposes.  

Summer Fun

I don’t talk about it too much in this newsletter, but I have a completely separate e-mailing each each week where I talk about the joys of watch collecting.  It’s called “Watch Out”. E-mail me to sign up. My goal for the summer was to find a summer watch.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money so I decided to modify an existing watch.   I took my blue Casio Duro (IMHO the best large watch under $75 – Amazon link https://amzn.to/3BCfqRX), and put a lively orange rubber strap on it, also from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Quality-Waterproof-Silicone-Release/dp/B07XPFDHK5/).

Song of the Week:  Lightning Crashes

In the early morning hours of Sunday 7/18, I saw the worst lightning storm of my life.  Many of you have shared the same.  It seemed that every few minutes I would look out a different window of my  house and see blue almost down to ground level.   It was scary.  Although this song is about metaphorical lightning it is the only song I know about the topic.  Its intensity fits the bill.   If you don’t remember the band Live, they are a great example of 1990s modern rock.   https://youtu.be/7uNdUi0Yf1Q

The End of June Is Upon Us

Life Hacks

I started doing something in January that I don’t regret — I began shopping at “off price” or “generic” grocery stores. I don’t know how else to describe them.  I think in other parts of the country — California perhaps — these are much more common.   Around here, I have been shopping at Aldi and Price Rite.  I feel like I have saved at least a couple hundred $$.  The food tastes the same.  Sometimes the brands are the same. There’s less markup.  I am over the pretense of thinking I have to shop at certain stores. 

Your Favorite Masked Man

Mask wearing might become popular once again.  I’ve received a lot of compliments on the masks I’ve worn and I have typically ordered from 3 places.  Whether you want N95,  KN95 (Chinese / Asian equivalent), or KF94 (Korean standard) – I would be happy to order for you.  I prefer the KN95 or KF94 because of the ear loops.  N95’s have straps that wrap around the head.  The choice is yours.  Black masks are available.  Spice it up.  Let me help you get dressed for success.

Clients Improve My Practice

I become better at my craft by learning from clients and observing how they use technology.  I did some work recently for a client who had an extensive collection of bookmarks in her browser.  Not many of you do a lot of bookmarking.  I think I have well over 1000 pages saved.  This client had over 900.  Ideally they should all be all sorted into folders, but that takes time and not everyone is that organized.  My client wanted them on the screen all the time so they can easily be scrolled through and selected — the way they were in Internet Explorer (there’s a name from the past) in Windows 7 and earlier.  It turns out that this is not possible in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.   It is only possible in Safari (Mac) or Firefox (Mac and Windows).   A Firefox user she will be!

iPhone 12 Event

Apple had their big virtual iPhone 12 event today.  I just got finished watching it live.  I know that some of you are in the market for new iPhones, so I wanted to give you the skinny.  Apple unveiled 4 new iPhone 12 models.   The 12 Mini ($699), the 12 ($799), the 12 Pro ($999) and the 12 Pro Max ($1099).   The giant Max actually clocks in at a price reduction from last year’s model. 

The iPhone 12 — 6.1 inches is expected to be the biggest seller of the bunch, sporting the same screen size as the 2018 iPhone XR and 2019 iPhone 11, although fitting everything into a tighter body.   The iPhone 12 Pro is actually larger than the iPhone X (2017),  XS (2018), and 11 Pro (2019), so that might be a consideration for you. 

The 12 Mini is for those iPhone who want the smallest possible size, however the actual screen is larger than the iPhone 6 – models and the overall 2020 SE model. The body is smaller than those previous phones.

All of the new iPhone 12 models support 5G in both the “normal” and ultra wide band frequencies.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago 5G is just getting of the ground, so you are really future proofing yourself with these iPhone 12 devices.   And of course, if you want a budget friendly iPhone with a familiar look the SE @ $399 is still a great choice.

Fall Is Peak Season For Technology

5G – Here And Getting Closer

I outlined some basics on the new 5G towers a few weeks ago, but I wanted to simplify and add to it as well.  Basically there are two 5G technologies being deployed in this country at the moment, sub-6 and mmWave.  T-Mobile and ATT are going mostly with the sub-6, which will reach more people.  Verizon is going with mmWave, which is even faster but restricted to specific spots like stadiums, stations, or a place like Times Square.  Consequently, Verizon is way behind.  Ultimately, all of these carriers will deploy a mix of both types of 5G towers.  If you are due for a new phone, I am going to give you my opinion as to when 5G should mean something to you.  This does not mean give up on your carrier or that your carrier is bad or that you need to throw out your 6 month old phone to get a 5G phone.  I’ve uttered no such words.   I got a real life test of 5G on the T-Mobile network in Boston last week.   My wife’s 5G Samsung clocked in at double the speed of my iPhone 11.   Therefore, if you are a T-Mobile customer — I would say the time to buy a 5G phone (again if you are phone shopping) would be as soon as these iPhone 12 models come out.  Then you will have a mix of low end phones like the Revvl 5G, or the Samsungs, and the iPhones to choose from — all with 5G.   ATT is at the middle of the pack.  Their 5G is not as widely deployed as T-Mobiles, but they are getting there.  If you still want to save some money by buying that iPhone SE, go for it.  But by 2021, early next year, I think you should definitely be considering a 5G phone if you are phone shopping.   With Verizon, on the other hand, I think there is no rush to get a 5G phone — probably until the 2nd half of next year.  Ultimately, two years from now, Verizon may end up having the best 5G network.  Slow and steady wins the race?  We hope or they hope!  Rumor has it that only the super expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max model will even be able to communicate with Verizon’s mmWave towers.  The other 3 models coming out this fall will not.  If I were a Verizon customer, 5G wouldn’t even be a part of my thought process yet.  (And yes, you can still buy any of the other iPhone 12 models to use with Verizon’s existing network.)

Fall Is Peak Season For Technology

Fall is the busy season in my business and in the world of personal technology.  We will see new iPhones before the end of October, perhaps in two separate launches for the 4 models expected to be released.  New Apple Watches as well as iPads (possibly) will be coming out next week from Apple.   There will be brand new computers from Microsoft, including a reported “moderately priced” Surface laptop.  Wait there’s more!   Apple is coming out with a brand new macOS 11 which is supposed to be the biggest deal for the Mac in 20 years since OS X came out.  Finally, ioS 14 / iPad OS 14 will be here quite soon. Let’s make sure you have a backup first.  And for my students in the back of the class, if you have a 5+ year old Verizon flip phone (iPhone 5s or 5c too), it’s time to get a new one.  Verizon is retiring its old calling network on 12/31/2020.  Your old phone will be a paperweight.  What a season we can have together — I’m looking forward to being there for you, every step of the way!  Now you know why I get excited about the fall!!