Take a Few Minutes to Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Settings

Even beyond its often controversial behavior in the 2020 US presidential election, Facebook continually makes news headlines for its numerous privacy and security problems. Most notable, of course, were the 50 million Facebook profiles gathered for Cambridge Analytica for the 2016 election. Closer to home, the company pushed a VPN service in the Facebook [...]

By |2020-12-23T16:10:01-04:00January 22nd, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Take a Few Minutes to Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Settings

Flash Is Dead—Uninstall Flash Player to Keep Your Mac Secure

In July 2017, Adobe announced that it would stop distributing and updating Flash Player on December 31st, 2020. Web standards like HTML5 provide a viable alternative to Flash content, and organizations that relied on Flash have had three years to replace it. Because Adobe will no longer be addressing security vulnerabilities in Flash with [...]

By |2020-12-23T15:59:24-04:00January 12th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Flash Is Dead—Uninstall Flash Player to Keep Your Mac Secure

Want to Send Photo Cards? Try Building Them with Motif for Photos

In 2018, Apple dropped support for creating print projects from within Photos, including greeting cards, calendars, and books. Instead, Apple allowed other print-service companies to build Photos Project extensions that gave users the same sort of capabilities. At first, they didn’t match up with what Apple had previously provided, but they’ve improved over time. [...]

By |2020-12-23T16:04:46-04:00January 8th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Want to Send Photo Cards? Try Building Them with Motif for Photos

A Quick Shortcut to Create an Instant Slideshow from a Folder of Images

You probably know that you can select an image in the Finder and press the Space bar to preview it in a Quick Look window. And you may know that you can use the arrow keys to preview other files in the same folder without closing and reopening the Quick Look window. But did [...]

By |2020-12-23T15:57:40-04:00January 5th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on A Quick Shortcut to Create an Instant Slideshow from a Folder of Images

Don’t Worry about an Occasional “Not Charging” Message on Your MacBook

Starting with macOS 10.15.5 Catalina, Apple introduced a battery health management feature that improves your battery’s lifespan by adjusting charging patterns to reduce the rate at which the battery chemically ages. (Find it in System Preferences > Energy Saver > Battery Health.) One thing to be aware of with battery health management is that [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:58:56-04:00December 1st, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Don’t Worry about an Occasional “Not Charging” Message on Your MacBook

What’s MDM, and Why Is It Useful for Organizations?

For those who work in organizations, regardless of size, you know how much effort is involved with coordinating a group’s technology. It can take quite some time to set up a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone with all the right apps, settings, and logins. And that’s just to get started—on an everyday basis, maintaining [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:57:03-04:00November 27th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on What’s MDM, and Why Is It Useful for Organizations?

Use These Settings to Show or Hide Filename Extensions

On the Mac, nearly every file has an extension, a set of characters after a period that indicates what type of file it is and determines which app opens it. So, .png indicates a PNG graphic that opens in Preview by default, .pages denotes a Pages document, and .docx identifies a file as belonging [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:41:25-04:00November 17th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use These Settings to Show or Hide Filename Extensions

Make Your Finder Window Columns the Right Size

We’re big fans of column view in Finder windows (choose View > as Columns). You never have to worry about missing icons that are outside the window, everything is sorted alphabetically, and selecting a file shows a preview. But the column widths can be too thin, such that they cut off file and folder [...]

By |2020-10-10T18:03:03-04:00November 10th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make Your Finder Window Columns the Right Size

Stop Snoops with Private Browsing and by Clearing Your Web Browsing History

With so many of us working at home these days, it’s worth remembering that spouses, children, and housemates may have easy physical access to your Mac. And, particularly if you share a Mac with them, you might want to consider how you protect your browsing privacy. Even if you wouldn’t be embarrassed if your [...]

By |2020-10-10T17:52:48-04:00October 23rd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Stop Snoops with Private Browsing and by Clearing Your Web Browsing History

Remember to Enable Text Message Forwarding When You Get a New Mac or iPad

You’ve long had text messages forwarding from your iPhone to your Mac and iPad, but after you get a new device, it might be a while before you realize that it’s not receiving texts sent to your iPhone. It turns out that, when you get a new Apple device, you must manually enable it [...]

By |2020-10-10T17:49:01-04:00October 20th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Remember to Enable Text Message Forwarding When You Get a New Mac or iPad
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