Monday, July 27, 2020

Free iPhone Scanning App

I know I've heard about scanning apps for mobile devices before but I always preferred to use a full sized flatbed scanner for when I need to scan something in to save for genealogy sources. The problem is that there are times when I didn't anticipate needing my scanner so I didn't bring it and my only option is to take a photograph of the document or photo or miss saving it completely. Overall, taking a photo works okay but you always end up having it at a slight angle or saving things only as image files. I found an app today that has been around for a long time. In fact, it's been on the iPhone for as long as I've had one.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A Hack and a Data Leak in Two Major Genealogy Web Sites - Updated July 22, 2020

If you use Family Tree Maker, currently owned by MacKiev and use it to sync your genealogy database to and from Ancestry's servers, change your password immediately! The headline reads like the main web site was hacked but according to information security website, it was a a misconfigured server that held a "database [which] contained around 25GB worth of data belonging to 'The Software MacKiev Company,' which syncs’s user data." Among the data that was left in the open for anyone to download were users IP addresses, date and time of users' access, email addresses, messages exchanged with support, internal system user IDs, subscription type and status and user location data such as city and GPS coordinates. This affects approximately 60,000 users. They don't know whether or not any malicious actors got a hold of the data but they can't prove they didn't. You need to assume your username and password are compromised and act accordingly.