bookmark_borderLastPass Error: We couldn’t contact the server. Check your internet connection and try again.

Have no idea why this started, but it began a couple of weeks ago (August 2022). Today I finally had enough and had to get a solution, it was driving me bonkers.

Tried all the different options I could find, none seemed to work.

The only thing that worked for me was to “remove” the extension, then reinstall it. Reinstalled by going to the Lastpass download page here:

From there, clicked the “download” button which took me to the web store. You can probably do the same thing by going directly to the web store:

Other recommendations I found online included:

Basic recommendation:

  • Rebooting the machine
  • Clearing the browser cache

Extension specific recommendations:

Refreshing sites and clearing local cache in the plugin (didn’t even know this was a thing):

  • Click the LastPass icon in your web browser toolbar.
  • Go to Account Options or click your email at the bottom of this menu > Advanced > Refresh Sites then Clear Local Cache.
  • Log out and log back in to your LastPass account.

I tried each of these, none of them did the trick. This issue seems to be specific to Chrome, wasn’t able to replicate it in other browsers.

For me, the only solution was to uninstall and reinstall. Be aware that doing this can delete any passwords you added while it was having connection issues, although I found that it was still saving even with the warnings.

I don’t know, weird shit, but hope this helps.


bookmark_borderMigrating to a New User on Mastodon

Over the past year I have become a bigger proponent for platform like Mastodon. With such adoption, some things are not always as clear as you might expect them to be.

In this instance I wanted to change from one user to another. Example: to

It is possible, but not as seamless as you might have come to expect from other experiences.

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bookmark_borderGoogle Authenticator App fails to load after iOS 14.2 Update

The recent iOS 14.2 update is a critical security update. If you haven’t done so already, you should really update.

If you do, be mindful that some apps might not load. For me, it was the Google Authenticator app. This was especially concerning because I use it for Two Factor Authentication (2FA) on a lot of systems.

The solution is simple, and all credit goes to Nick Lowe for sharing it:

It’s extremely straight forward. Once you offload it, you’ll see it immediately asks you to reinstall it. So don’t get too panicked.

One thing to be mindful of is iDevice Storage is generic and accounts for iPhone and iPAD. For me, on an iPhone it reads iPhone Storage:

What’s really nifty about this is it offloads the app without losing the data. Being this is my 2FA app, it’s critical I don’t lose it.

Apple does provide an instructional on what to do if an app doesn’t open after an update but doesn’t provide this as an option.