Apple Inc. is a multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California, that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. The company is well-known for its innovative products such as the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. However, despite its reputation for quality and excellence, Apple is not immune to scams.

Scammers have been known to target Apple customers in various ways, such as through phishing emails, phone calls, and text messages. These scams often involve criminals posing as Apple representatives and requesting sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial information.

One common scam is the “Apple Support” scam, in which scammers impersonate Apple customer service representatives and contact individuals claiming there is a problem with their Apple account. They may ask for personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers, in order to “fix” the supposed problem. In some cases, they may also ask the individual to give them remote access to their computer to “resolve the issue.”

Another scam is the “Apple Store” scam, in which scammers create fake websites or pop-up ads that mimic the Apple Store. They may offer discounted products or “exclusive deals” in an attempt to lure individuals into giving them their personal information or financial details.

Apple customers may also be targeted by “Apple Gift Card” scams, in which scammers will ask for payment in the form of Apple gift cards as a way to avoid detection. This can be especially dangerous for older adults who may not be familiar with the risks associated with online transactions.

Scammers may also use social engineering tactics to trick individuals into providing personal information. For example, scammers may send a text message or email that appears to be from Apple, asking for personal information or login credentials. These messages may contain links to fake websites that look like the real Apple website, but are designed to steal personal information.

In order to protect yourself from Apple scams, it is important to be aware of the common tactics used by scammers. Be wary of unsolicited phone calls or emails claiming to be from Apple, and never provide personal information unless you initiated the contact and are certain it is legitimate. Do not click on links or open attachments in emails or text messages unless you are certain they are from a legitimate source.

Additionally, always use a strong, unique password for your Apple account and enable two-factor authentication. This will help to protect your account in the event that your password is compromised.

In conclusion, while Apple is a reputable and respected company, its customers can still fall victim to scams. Scammers often use various tactics such as phishing emails, phone calls, and text messages to trick individuals into providing personal information or financial details. To protect yourself from these scams, it is important to be aware of the common tactics used by scammers, and to take steps to protect your personal information.

By following the best practices of staying vigilant, you can protect yourself from Apple scams. Remember not to provide personal information, be cautious of unsolicited phone calls or emails, and use a strong, unique password for your Apple account and enable two-factor authentication. This will help you to stay safe and secure while using Apple’s products and services.

Instructions For Bellsouth.net IMAP Email Server Settings with Mail Security Key

So, this past week I did a favor for my friend who is an attorney. I, myself, am an Apple Technician and do not touch Windows / Microsoft / Office / Outlook anything, simply because it is like pulling teeth do perform simple tasks compared to working in the Apple world.

My friend didn’t know what was wrong but he knew SOMETHING wasn’t working right. And I figured it out after a few minutes. It turns out that his Windows computer pulled “POP” mail settings automatically when we added it to Outlook. But both of his Apple products pulled IMAP settings correctly on initial setup. (Like they should have.)

So in this scenario of help for my buddy, I had 2 things counting against me. Not only is he using a bellsouth.net email address for his personal email (which by the way is mixed up with yahoo.com and att.net because of acquisitions, etc.), but he wants me to find out why it wasn’t working correctly in Outlook for Windows.

I already knew what I was getting into, but because he is who he is, I said I would do it. And after 1 hour and 45 minutes, I FINALLY got it to take my settings.

Why pretty much ALL of the articles you’ll find on Google will NOT work.

Out of 2 pages of Google searches with the term “email server settings for bellsouth.net and Outlook”, not 1 of them had the answer. All of them were either vague, matter of fact (and wrong at the same time), or gave completely inaccurate, useless server setting information. And on top of that, not a single one mentioned anything about the “Security Key” that Bellsouth / att.net added to their “security” a little while ago. And I use the word “security” loosely here, because bellsouth / att / yahoo and AOL to name a few, have been VERY late to the security game for their users / customers.

But anyways, in my case, the Security Key was detrimental to getting the manual server settings in Outlook to finally work. Below are the settings that worked for Bellsouth.net IMAP server settings in Outlook for Windows.

Step-by-Step Instructions For Bellsouth.net IMAP Email Server Settings with Mail Security Key

  1. The first thing you need to do is to go to www.att.com (Yes, even though you have a bellsouth.net account), and sign into your account. More instructions for this here:https://www.att.com/support/article/email-support/KM1240308/
  2. Once signed in, go to your PROFILE. (Usually in the upper right hand corner).
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for Security Key. (Usually on the lower left side).
  4. Add / Create a “Secure Mail Key”.
  5. Once you see the key / code, make note of this because THIS is the password that Outlook will want, not your bellsouth.net password.
  6. Make sure to click OK or SAVE.
  7. Now……..Open Microsoft Outlook 2016 and click File in the menu.
  8. Under Account Information, click + Add Account.
  9. Select Manual setup or additional server types and click Next.

Your Name: Enter Your Name (Example: Bob Smith)
Email Address: Your Email Address (Example: bob@bellsouth.net)
Account Type: IMAP
Incoming Mail Server: imap.mail.att.net
Outgoing MailServer (SMTP): smtp.mail.att.net

Logon Information:
Username: Your Full Email Address (Example: bob@bellsouth.net)
Password: THIS IS THE BELLSOUTH SECURITY KEY THAT YOU CREATED ON ATT.COM. NOT YOUR NORMAL BELLSOUTH PASSWORD.
Check REMEMBER PASSWORD
Check Require logon using secure password authentication (SPA)

10. Now click MORE SETTINGS.
– General Tab: Name the mail account if you want.
– Outgoing Server Tab: Check the box that says “My Outgoing Server (SMTP) Requires Authentication / Use Same Settings As My Incoming Mail Server.
– Advanced:
Incoming Server (IMAP): 993
CHECK the SSL box or choose SSL.
Outgoing Server (SMTP): 465
CHECK the SSL box or choose SSL. Or try SSL / TLS.
CLICK OK.

Click Next and if all goes well, Incoming and Outgoing will pass the test and you will now be using IMAP settings, and all of your mail will synch like it should

ATT.net Email Settings Server Setup IMAP SMTP POP

I know that there is a chance that these settings will not work for you, but they finally worked for me, and it took a lot of testing and tweaking because every time you change a setting and test, it would take up to a minute each time just to tell you that the settings are wrong. So I hope that if this does not work for you, it at least puts you on the right track to solving your own settings issues.

Good luck.

 

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For years I have been asked by clients how they can automatically delete their Safari browsing history, and for years the only answers that I could give were the following:

  1. When you first open Safari, remember to go to File>New Private Window. (No one remembers to do this 100% of the time.)
  2. Remember to clear your browsing history when you close Safari. (Almost no one remembers to do this, and it’s inconvenient.)
  3. Go into safari code and change some options. (Not at all easy for the basic user.)

So I performed a simple Google search this morning to see if there have been any changes since the last 2 MacOs releases in Safari, and maybe I missed it before, maybe it’s always been there, but it looks like since the release of MacOs Sierra, and option in the general menu has appeared under Safari Preferences>General which is “Safari Opens With>A new private window”.

Now, the title of this blog post is misleading, yes, but I did that on purpose, because this solution is essentially the same solution as that search term. In other words, if you set the option to “Safari Opens With>A New Private Window”, you will always be surfing in Private mode, and your history will never be tracked. This includes new tabs that are created and opened, because you are already in a private window.

This should solve the Safari Browsing History Auto Delete Issue. Good luck!