Stories From Around the Web: April 5th – April 11th, 2014

This week, we came one step closer to world domination with an article and interview in an Indonesian tech blog about our app. Now we’re dreaming of an Indonesian vacation, but that’s besides the point.

We fell in love with this article on TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) about people whose lives were literally saved by their phones. And we mean “literally” in the, uh, literal sense. From first aid apps to “Find My Phone” locating missing persons, your phone could be the one thing standing between you and an untimely demise. Now you can feel better about paying more attention to it than your dinner date.

Also this week, an iOS expert solved one of the most common iPhone issues. Past and present employees of the Apple Genius Bar are an amazing source of information about your phone. After two years of working at Apple, ex-Genius Bar employee Scott Loveless wrote an amazing guide to solving your phone’s short battery life. The number one culprit? It was the Facebook app, which has features that drain your phone’s battery even when you are not using it.

Last, but not least, we wanted to talk a bit about the big news online this week: the Heartbleed Bug. Security is a huge deal to us here. We think that superior security is what separates us from the other guys. Please rest easy knowing that none of our services have been directly affected by this bug and we are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure it stays that way.

Not sure about what the Heartbleed bug is? Well, basically it is a vulnerability in services that transmits secure information, like online banks and Facebook. No one knew about it for a few years, meaning that while we were traipsing around the internet, there might have been hackers extracting massive amounts of data from the services that we all use every day.

What’s worse? There would be no trace of a hacker extracting your data. So the best course of action is to assume that your accounts have been compromised and change your online passwords. It’s important to wait a week or two until all sites have been able to patch their security systems, or wait until you receive an e-mail prompt from compromised sites that will let you know they have upgraded to software without the Heartbleed bug.

If you have any lingering questions about Heartbleed, we recommend this great explanation on Business Insider. If you want to talk about Orchard’s commitment to security, you can let us know in the comments or you can e-mail me at bianca [at] getorchard.com. We are always happy to chat!

 

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