Recently Apple began offering a new security option with two-step verification using a phone or registered Apple mobile device. Two-step verification means when making purchases or changing user information, a code is sent to the registered device to be used in addition to the normal password. This method improves security by adding a layer of protection. This is a welcome option those using an Apple ID for iTunes purchases or iCloud and have one or more mobile devices.
An Apple ID provides access to information and potentially dangerous abilities including remotely wiping out the contents of a device as one reporter learned after a hacker used social engineering to gain access to his account (Mashable.) If someone gains access to your Apple account, that person can make purchases and remote lock your devices. An intruder using social engineering and some detective work can potentially gain access to everything through your login or by calling Apple support for a password reset. Two-step verification helps protect against social engineering by replacing pass phrases along with an authentication code.
Using two-step verification with an Apple ID requires at least one device supporting SMS or the Find my iPhone app for iPhone or iPad using iCloud. This is the device that will receive a four-digit code after entering the normal password when purchasing or changing account information. As a backup if the device is lost, there is an authentication key. Learn more at support.apple.com.
Keep the authentication code in a very safe place away from your devices such as in a safe or locked cabinet. If your registered device is lost, remove it from the list of registered devices as soon as possible.
Dee Count updated to v1.5 for iOS6 changes. Now also requires minimum of iOS5.1.
1.3 includes a productivity improvement and a fix. Learn more about Dee Count for iPad.
The custom count button (?) now updates the value and selects the button beside it (normally a 12) allowing for quicker repeated custom count entries. The custom button remains denoted by the question mark, and the third button becomes your custom value. The custom entry pad now always starts blank for quicker entry. This is perfect for when there are several products without barcodes that are counted by hand. In the older versions, this required an extra button tap and deleting the current custom value.
Screen shot of new count buttons
In the above screen shot, the current count selection is 3 and the custom entry is set to 5. Tapping the ? opens the count by entry pad.
Screen shot of custom count entry
Let’s say we have a product missing a bar code, and we counted by hand to find 24 on the shelf. Enter 24 and tap OK. The 24 is already selected, so we type in the product code.
Screen shot of adjusted custom count entry
In landscape orientation, sometimes several of the action menu buttons didn’t work. Now works in iOS5 and iOS4, tested in iPad 2 and original iPad.
In Dee Count with iOS 5 there seems to be a glitch with the actions menu. When the menu shows up at half-height, some of the buttons don’t work. I’m looking into it. A workaround is to turn the iPad to the tall orientation and re-open the menu.
The iOS 5 update allows for undocking or splitting the on-screen keyboard making the iPad easier for using while holding in two hands or to see more content. To undock, hold down on the keyboard hide button (lower-right corner) and select from the dialogue to undock or split. Hold-and-slide the same button to move around the screen.
The screen shots show my app, Dee Count, with the keyboard moved away from the bottom. If you return to using your bar-code scanner and eject later to type in text, your on-screen keyboard will return to where you last positioned it. To dock, hold down the keyboard button and select the dock dialogue.
Updating Dee Count for iPad to prepare for iOS 5 including cloud-friendly improvements.
Dee Count is now available for the iPad. Find it at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dee-count/id454072809?mt=8 or learn more in software/deecount
Count, track, and verify your counts by comparing to a second count or an existing inventory list. Use a bar code scanner for quick entry. I recommend breaking your inventory into small sections for quick comparisons and help locate a product by where it was scanned.