Ask The Nice Guy - Strange Emails, Buying Movies, iPhone Debate

This is the 1st post in a series called Ask The Nice Guy. In this series I will attempt to provide answers to the various questions I get asked throughout the week.

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in this blog post, boiled down to five word (or less) summaries.

  1. Friends sending strange emails
  2. Purchasing movies on iPad
  3. Which iPhone to buy?

Question 1: Friends sending strange emails

In the past month or so, I have received emails from two different friends of mine.

However, when I opened them, they made no sense and I have since found out that they did not send them.

Does that mean that someone has my computer data and I am in trouble? I don’t really understand how it happens, but thought I should ask you what I should ( or shouldn’t ) do about it .

The odds are that your friends had their email accounts hacked into and the hacker sent out an email to everyone in their contact list. I receive at least one of these emails per week and there is nothing that you have to do.

When you receive a strange email from a friend I would delete the email and inform your friend that you believe that their email account has been hacked into and that they should change their password. Share my blog post, 30 SECOND TIPS - STRONG PASSWORDS with them at the same time so that they can create a stronger password for their email account.

Question 2: Purchasing movies on iPad

I have avidly read each of your very helpful Blogs since then and have two questions regarding your recent blog post BUY A SONG WITH ITUNES.

First, although it is very doubtful that I ever would want to buy a song (senior citizen that I am, I’ve never even heard of Men at Work), I’m sure that someday I might want to buy a movie.

Is the process of doing so exactly like the process for buying a song?

Second, your Blog ended with “find the song that you just downloaded and tap on it to listen to it in its entirety”. Somehow/somewhere there must be some payment made to ITunes. How is this done? By credit card? Will ITunes walk me through the process. Is it safe for me to give ITunes my credit card number? (For personal reasons, I do not wish to get involved with PayPal.)

The process for purchasing a movie or a television show is almost identical to the process for downloading a song. In a future blog post I will show step by step instructions for renting/buying a movie.

To pay for something from either the App Store or iTunes Store, you must either have a credit card or debit card linked to your account (I recommend credit card), or have entered an iTunes Gift Card.

To add a credit card to your account you can visit iTunes Store: Changing account information for instructions.

If you would like to redeem an iTunes Gift Card you can visit iTunes Store: How to redeem a code. iTunes Gift Cards can be purchased at Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, grocery stores, and gas stations.

Question 3: Which iPhone to buy?

My sister can get a free iPhone 4 or pay $200 for an iPhone 5. She doesn’t travel much and would use data probably less than I do. What would you recommend?

It's a great question. At this point I would advise purchasing the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S should cost $99 with a 2-Year contract and the iPhone 5 should cost $199 with a 2 Year contract.

The iPhone 4 does not have Siri or built-in turn by turn directions. I have seen many students in my community ed classes wish they had an iPad with Siri so that they could dictate text and ask questions.

Your monthly plan is the same whether you have the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPhone 5 so you might as well get an iPhone that has all the functionality.

I have the iPhone 4S and have been very happy with it!

If you have a quick question that you would like answered feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer it.