AppleTV doesn’t support 2-factor authentication

In my attempts to secure my account from the oddness that happened a few weeks ago where my devices in short order became untrusted, several times in a row even after being re-authenticated by me, I’ve activated the new 2-factor-authentication from Apple (the previous one is now called 2-step-authentication).

It seems to work great, I get approval requests for most login attempts, but so far I’ve seen two occasions where 2FA-login is not working or not respected.

The first and most annoying is that Apple TV does not seem to support 2FA-login. So I’m unable to login to my Apple TV for now. But so far it’s not a big problem since I can stream everything through my iPad or iPhone. But it’s still a glitch.

The second is maybe intentional, but when upgrading to iOS 11 I noticed that after the phone restarts and you’re asked to login, even if it’s not on the primary phone used for approving authentication, but a secondary phone, the 2FA approval request is not required, only username and password and then you’re logged in. Luckily I can see logged in devices through the account page, but I consider this a glitch as well.

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iPhone oddities

I upgraded my iPhone to iOS 10.3 the other day, and have been seeing some “lagging” in games which no longer flows as smooth as they used to. And also an increased battery drain, which seemed to stop once the adblocker app was updated. Coincidence or not? I’m not sure.

But the oddest thing happened today, when my (private) iPhone suddenly started a loud alarm (at work, which surprised everyone around).

Once checked, I found it to be the “Find my iPhone” making the noise. And an email was also sent out to the mailbox of my AppleID with the same message, that “a sound was played on <device>” on <date and time>.

But there’s no clue in the email as to why it played, or who initiated it. Until I know otherwise I can only assume someone was trying to locate or hack my phone remotely through the Find my iPhone feature. These times it feels comforting to at least have enabled 2FA for logins.

But it’s still annoying not knowing the cause of the alarm sound, or what triggered it.

I’ve finally activated 2FA for my Microsoft account

I’ve finally activated two-factor-authentication for my Microsoft account.

Better late than never, but I’ve held back for a while since last I checked there was no good app for iPhone for authentication. Now there is.

And secondarily, I used to use my Facebook and Apple accounts more actively and had 2FA enabled for those. This has changed and the Microsoft account is getting more and more central to most logins I do, so it felt about time to get it done.

And it was remarkably easy, even though the walkthrough from Microsoft is actually wrong or outdated in some places:

Activation worked fine, I installed the Microsoft authenticator app, made sure it worked and then just enable 2FA on the account.

It also told me to generate app-passwords if I used the Outlook app on other devices. Funnily the only place I’ve so far needed to use the app-password is when I launch Office 365 on my Windows 10 computer. All other places, like Email on iPhone, Skype on iPhone, and several other apps works with the “real” user account/password and actual 2FA confirmation. So it’s only the native Microsoft Office 365 Outlook app that fails this so far.

All in all, this was very easy and great to have. Now onto the next big problem, which was a trigger for this in some ways, to see what can be done about the sudden appearance of large amounts of spam on one of my non-Microsoft accounts. Whether the ISP can solve this or I need to start forwarding all mails to my Outlook.com account ?

Compass glitches

After last weeks upgrade to iOS 10, and the subsequent 10.0.2 I’ve noticed some glitches I didn’t notice before in the compass, and in Find My iPhone.

I’m quite sure the compass problems are rather new, but I can’t be 100% certain they came with iOS 10, and Find My iPhone I use so rarely that I don’t know when it worked last, but it has.

However, what I’m seeing just now is this, for 3 iPhones laying right beside each other on the same dinner table.

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Which is annoying, if I were to try to actually use the feature to locate the person using the phone. But even more annoying is the compass glitches, which I’m not sure are related to the above, but it certainly feels like they’re in the same area.

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I’ve cropped the coordinates since they’re not necessary to show, and they are also identical, which is interesting given that Find My iPhone does not seem to think so.

But the real problem is the left phone, which seems to be somewhat confused in regards to the direction of North.

iPhone restored

Well then. I just completed restoring my iPhone from an old backup which I luckily had done just the day before the Snapseed app got updated to its new version, which in my opinion was a significant step backwards in user friendliness and functionality.

First update in years and the app is so drastically changed it should really have been a completely different app, so those wanting it could buy it.

But all’s well that ends well, and at least I have finally gotten around to disabling the auto-update functionality on my iPhone and iPad, I had thought about doing it for a long while but hadn’t really done it since on the whole everything worked well enough and it was easier to auto-download than to install manually. But no more so.

Windows 8.1 is finally released

And here I thought I was past getting excited about a new software patch, especially after the gigantic disappointment I had with IOS7, but I’m actually looking forward to the full release of Windows 8.1.

On the Surface RT it matters little as it’s had the preview since day one, but the new Pro with its vanilla-8 felt rather crippled in comparison when I unpacked it yesterday.

Now downloading some 4GB of patches…

Things I shouldn’t have tested in the last minute

I was planning to reduce the weight and leave the laptop at home, and only bring the Surface tablet to Tech-Ed. And I got the bright idea (or so it seemed at the time) that I would need work email on it as well as my private mail.

And it had completely slipped my mind that I had tried this once before, and it didn’t work then either. So I enabled email, it required setting of some policies, oh well, let’s accept those (I thought I should know the impact), and sync away.

The first problem to come up was that the mailbox is quite large and the sync is horrendously slow, not at all like on iPhone or iPad, but painfully slow. And once sync’ed it is even more painfully slow to actually try to switch mailboxes, quite unusably slow. But I thought I could live with that for a week. Until I noticed that the enforced policies had also removed by numeric pincode login and replaced it with the original 25 character randomized Windows Live account password. Which won’t really do at all in real life.

So, mailsync quickly removed, and now for the exciting task of (once more) trying a systems restore without loosing too much things. This time around I will make sure to write it down, in the hope that the next time I get the bright idea to try to use email on the Surface I will read here first and refrain from it…