November 29, 2023

Just My Opinion - By Mary Kilen

Make Sure You Lock Your Cars
Last week on Facebook, I saw one of my friends had a vehicle stolen from their property south of Stanley. I was a little stunned to say the least.
Now while I’m looking at Facebook on Monday afternoon, I see that the Stanley Police Department has a post about another vehicle having been stolen on 6th Ave SE in Stanley on Sunday. The responding officer learned the vehicle had been started to allow it to warm up. At the time I was reading the post, the vehicle had not been located and was currently entered as a stolen vehicle.
The police department would like to remind residents to lock their vehicle doors, use a remote start or similar product to warm up their vehicle if possible, and to install an audible alarm and anti-theft device.
My, how times have changed. I remember when you could go to virtually any car in town and the keys were likely in it. It was not uncommon to just leave your car running while running into any store or the Post Office. It was normal to drive down Main Street on a cold day and see virtually every car running. We may have even been known to say, “just take my car, the keys are in it”.
It is a different world we live in now. We lock our houses. We lock our cars. Sometimes I long for the simpler days, but unfortunately that is a time long gone.
Check Your iPhone
If you are on Facebook or you watch your local news, you have likely seen one of the many stories of authorities warning iPhone users of one of the features from the newest iPhone update. I first saw the story over the weekend and immediately had Dale check his phone because he just put in the new update. Sure enough, his “NameDrop” was enabled.
The feature called “NameDrop” is enabled by default with the new update. Most of the reports include information like “Anyone with this feature can place their phone next to your iPhone or your child’s iPhone and automatically receive their contact information. Authorities have said information passed to another phone could include a picture, phone number, email address and more.”
The stories then tell you how to disable this feature by going into your iPhone settings, click general, then airdrop and shut off “bringing devices together.”
Officials with Apple said the contacts won’t be shared unless you choose to share your contact card and receive the other person’s. NameDrop will also cancel if the two iOS devices are moved away from each other or the iPhone is locked before the transfer completes.
Information from further describes NameDrop as follows:
“In a Newsroom post, Apple called NameDrop a “new AirDrop experience.” People with iPhones can “hold their iPhone near another to share their contact information with only their intended recipients.” 
Apple clarified that you’ll be able to select what information you share with other people, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally sending super personal information to strangers. 
Essentially, all you have to do is place your iPhone close to the intended recipient of your NameDrop, and you’re done. Once you’ve placed the phones together, a Contact Poster will pop up (this is the image that pops up when you call someone). After that, you’ll have the option to just receive the contact or send your own back.
You’ll only be able to NameDrop with other iPhone users running iOS 17 or later and Apple Watch users running Watch OS 10 or later. So, if you want to get in on the contact sharing action, you’ll want to make sure your device is running the right version of its operating system.”
While there do seem to be protections in place, I can’t say that turning that off seems like a bad thing to me. After all, while the safeguards are supposed to be there, it doesn’t mean that somewhere some hacker won’t find a way around them.