Learn How to Autofill SMS Login Codes in iOS 12 and Mojave

An ever-increasing number of Web sites boost their security via two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires you to type in a short numeric code to complete a login after entering your username and password. It’s a big win because that code is generated on the fly and is good for only a short time (often [...]

By |2019-08-01T13:58:08-04:00August 23rd, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Learn How to Autofill SMS Login Codes in iOS 12 and Mojave

Annoyed by Your Holiday Music Playing out of Season? Stop It with This Tip

“Winter Wonderland” may be a great song to listen to when the snow flies, but if you’re sweltering in the summer heat, having it pop up while iTunes is shuffling through your music feels wrong. Happily, there’s a way to prevent holiday music from playing out of season—this trick is also useful for keeping [...]

By |2019-08-01T13:44:32-04:00August 20th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Annoyed by Your Holiday Music Playing out of Season? Stop It with This Tip

Buy Quality Cables to Avoid Possible Device Damage or Even Fires

Apple’s prices for Lightning, USB-C, and Thunderbolt 3 cables often seem high—$19 for a USB-C to Lightning cable or $29 if you want a 2-meter version? Unfortunately, when it comes to cables, you often get what you pay for. Happily, other reputable hardware manufacturers like Anker and Belkin make quality cables and often charge [...]

By |2019-07-18T11:57:04-04:00August 9th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Buy Quality Cables to Avoid Possible Device Damage or Even Fires

Here’s How to See Full URLs in Safari’s Smart Search Field

By default, Safari on the Mac hides full Web addresses—technically known as URLs—from you, showing just the site name in the Smart Search field at the top of the window. If you click in the field or press Command-L, the full URL appears, which is good for checking that you’re really where you think [...]

By |2019-07-18T11:46:06-04:00August 6th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How to See Full URLs in Safari’s Smart Search Field

Never Send Someone a Password in Mail or Messages: Do This Instead!

One of the big no-nos with passwords is sending them to other people as plain text in email or a text message conversation. You presumably trust your recipient with the password, but what if their email was hacked or phone stolen? Instead, always use a site like 1ty.me or One-Time Secret, which lets you [...]

By |2019-07-18T11:43:18-04:00July 30th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Never Send Someone a Password in Mail or Messages: Do This Instead!

Use Spotlight on the Mac to Convert Units, Track Flights, Find Movies, and More!

Most Mac users probably think of searching on the Mac in relation to finding files on their drives. That may be the most common use of Apple’s Spotlight search technology, but over the years, Apple has continually enhanced Spotlight’s capabilities, turning it into a veritable Swiss Army Knife that you can invoke with a [...]

By |2019-07-18T11:52:58-04:00July 26th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use Spotlight on the Mac to Convert Units, Track Flights, Find Movies, and More!

Use macOS’s Guest Account to Protect Your Privacy from Temporary Users

We’ve all had it happen. “Can I use your Mac for a minute to check my email?” The answer can be “Yes,” but to keep people from poking around on your Mac, have your visitor log in as Guest. To enable the Guest account, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups. If the [...]

By |2019-07-25T13:54:47-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use macOS’s Guest Account to Protect Your Privacy from Temporary Users

Some May Like It Hot… But Your Technology Prefers to Stay Cool

When summer brings sunny days and rising temperatures, you may have ditched your business suit for shorts or skirts to stay comfortable, but your technological gear can’t do the same. And keeping your tech cool is about more than comfort—as temperatures rise, performance can suffer, charging may get slower or stop, various components might [...]

By |2019-07-18T11:50:32-04:00July 19th, 2019|Mac, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Some May Like It Hot… But Your Technology Prefers to Stay Cool

For Faster, Easier Photo Sharing, Try an iCloud Link

It’s easy to share a single photo from your iPhone or iPad with a friend, but if you want to share a bunch of photos or lengthy videos, sending them in Messages or Mail might not work or could impact your (and your recipients’) data caps. In iOS 12, Apple added a clever feature [...]

By |2019-06-03T12:01:39-04:00June 28th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on For Faster, Easier Photo Sharing, Try an iCloud Link

Apple Issues Voluntary Recall for Certain 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro Units

Heads up! If you’re using an older 15-inch MacBook Pro—the version with lots of ports that predates the current Thunderbolt 3 models—Apple has started a recall program to replace batteries that could explode and catch on fire. (We’re not kidding.) The affected MacBook Pro models were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017. [...]

By |2019-07-18T12:00:00-04:00June 20th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Apple Issues Voluntary Recall for Certain 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro Units