Users can make a request for emergency access to a data backup account in case someone has passed away. You can set it up with your password vault, like LastPass. iCloud does it too. Facebook also has a way to gain access to social media accounts and turn the page into a memorial for those who passed away.
After receiving a lot of pushback towards their new child safety photo scan initiative, Apple has announced they are pulling back to give more time to listen to feedback and craft a solution that will preserve user privacy.
With the coming iOS15.0 update, Apple is going to be scanning your photos to look for missing and exploited child activity. Teaming up with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, the company will be scanning user photos on the iPhone and iCloud Photos and creating "fingerprints" that can be compared with known child porn images in a database kept by NCMEC. Leo has mixed emotions about it because while it's a good thing that Apple can offer a tool to protect and rescue kids from child porn.
Tom is worried about Apple invading his privacy with their new monitoring scheme. Sure, it's for the kids, but is it a slippery slope? Leo says it's important to really understand what Apple will be doing. The software won't be looking at photos, but at the digital "fingerprints" of each photo, and then comparing it to a database of known exploited child images. So, his privacy should still be protected. But he can always opt out of iCloud if it concerns him. But if he uses Facebook or Google Photos, they're doing it too.
Apple's new child safety policy, which will enable the company to search user's iCloud and phone photo libraries for child porn, has met with a lot of push back from their users. Mostly citing privacy concerns. But Leo says that the pushback is largely due to misunderstanding what Apple plans to do.
Jody has a Mac and a Samsung Galaxy Android Phone. He used to be able to sync the calendar on both with no problem. But lately, he's been having issues with the built-in Mac calendar and the Android Calendar program. Leo says it's possible that Jody's Calendar hasn't been syncing to iCloud, which is what Apple does before syncing to other devices. Apple may have logged him out before an update. Also, make sure it's not requiring 2-factor authentication now. Look into the iCloud settings and make sure that the Calendar is syncing.
Joe has 16GB of messages on his iPhone, and he wants to back them up before he gets a new one. Leo says you have to turn on cloud sync in the settings, and you'll need more than your free iCloud allocation to do it. There are third-party backups that let you save to your computer. iMazing does a great job. It's $50, but worth it.
If you want to let a family member use some of your favorite apps, media content, and iCloud storage, use Apple Family Sharing. It lets you share stuff with up to five family members, from music to TV+ movies. This is also useful for letting family members use your device without letting them know your individual Apple ID. As an adult (the organizer), just invite the others to join, then select which services can be shared. The other members still see their own personal content and recommendations personalized for their Apple IDs.
Doug is a singing voice teacher who recently upgraded his Macbook Air with the new Apple M1 design. Leo says that Doug is the ideal candidate for the M1. But what Doug is experiencing is issues with his backups being restored. What Leo recommends is to use the old computer to upload all photos and videos to iCloud. Use the most recent version. The way the old iPhoto used to store them is in a big blob. Go to the Pictures folder and R/C on the library. Select "open contents." There he will see the original photos folder. Copy that over.