Find My iPhone

Image courtesy of Apple

Image courtesy of Apple

If you haven't heard of Apple's Find My iPhone or wish you knew more about it, here's a quick rundown of why it's important and what it can do for you.

How To Enable: Find My iPhone is part of iCloud and can be enabled on your iPhone or iPad by going to Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone and on your Mac by going to System Preferences -> iCloud - > Find My Mac.

How To Use: With the setting turned on, you can now see the location of all your devices from any computer or iPhone/iPad with iCloud.com and the Find iPhone app respectively. Once there, a map view will show all your devices and each device can be made to 1. Make a sound, 2. Be locked down with a custom message, and 3. Be completely erased. Making a sound is handy for when you've lost your phone in the house and erasing it is great for if your phone has been stolen.

Why It's Important: It's great to be able to find your lost devices but Find My iPhone also prevents thieves from ever using your stolen phone. Your devices become locked to your iCloud account and only someone with your iCloud password can "unblock" your Apple device if it's been stolen with Find My iPhone turned on. This has already proven to reduce iPhone thefts in big cities and gives you peace of mind knowing that your device's contents are encrypted.

Joshua Wallace

JTec, Santa Cruz, CA

    Ever since my mother won a computer at a company raffle when I was 6, I’ve been hooked. Nothing excites me more than new technology and I’m always the first to dissect and figure it out. From building my own PCs from parts at the LA Computer Fair in Pomona to my first PowerBook when I was 15, I’ve always loved computers. 

     My first job tutoring was for community service during high school. I first assisted and then became a teacher at a beginners computer course for the elderly and those with English as a second language. There I taught the basics of computing (using a mouse, file systems, etc.) and went on to teach Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I’ve managed a law firm’s computer network and integrated Macs into a predominantly PC environment. I’ve also held weekly classes for a retirement community focusing on doing more with their Macs. They learned things such as how to import and edit photos with iPhoto from a digital camera, how to set up Email, and much more. It was extremely fulfilling and I loved passing on my knowledge. 

     Now I work on-call and travel to client’s homes or businesses to “fix” their computers while teaching them how to fix it themselves in the future. I also will routinely take computers home to repair hardware issues such as broken screens or trackpads. I genuinely want you to learn how to make the most out of your technology and I always aim to make you self-sufficient.