Both posts this week had me circling back to topics I’ve covered before and learning something new, which is always nice.
7/25/2019: Locked out of your Google account? Why it can sometimes take days to get back in, USA Today
Once again, I tried to shed some light on how Google goes about resolving a forgotten password for a Google account. This time, I got the company to document a hitherto-undocumented “security hold.” Alas, much of the process here remains mysterious, and the reader in question here may have only gotten her account back so quickly because I inquired on her behalf.
7/26/2019: Why so many wireless carriers seem to have “America’s best network”, Fast Company
My work updating the Wirecutter guide to smartphone service required me to spend a lot of time with studies ranking the performance of the big four wireless carriers, so I decided to write an explainer about how these surveys get their results and how you should interpret their findings. That effort revealed a couple of finer points about these projects that I was able to add to the Wirecutter update, which should be up any day now.
Your “Locked Out” article said “Better yet, spend $10 or so on a USB security key….” Where can I find a security key for around $10? The ones I found ranged up to about $50.