Tired of Nonstop Cookie Popups? Dismiss Them Automatically with These Extensions

The European Union has for many years required that websites—at least those serving European users—gain informed consent before storing the personal data of those users. That data includes cookies, which are bits of information stored in Web browsers that websites can read and write. Cookies are widely used for remembering login information, saving user [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:18:56-04:00April 12th, 2024|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Tired of Nonstop Cookie Popups? Dismiss Them Automatically with These Extensions

Keep a USB Keyboard and Mouse for Troubleshooting

Steve Jobs famously railed against cable clutter, and it’s now easy to use a desktop Mac with a wireless keyboard and mouse, either from Apple or another manufacturer. That’s fine for regular usage, but Bluetooth keyboards and mice aren’t always sufficient. Batteries wear out, pairing can fail, and wireless interference can cause lags or [...]

By |2023-12-18T13:57:24-04:00April 2nd, 2024|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Keep a USB Keyboard and Mouse for Troubleshooting

Is Your Mac Running Low on Disk Space? Here’s How to Delete Unnecessary Files

Between apps, photos, videos, music, and downloads, it’s easy to fill up your Mac’s drive, particularly one with just 128 or 256 GB of drive space. macOS warns you when you get too low on space, but those warnings may come late—for optimum Mac performance, we recommend you keep at least 10–20% of your [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:17:24-04:00March 29th, 2024|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Is Your Mac Running Low on Disk Space? Here’s How to Delete Unnecessary Files

Feel Free to Upgrade to macOS 14 Sonoma When You’re Ready

Although we’re cautious about recommending that people upgrade to the latest major release of macOS, we think Apple has done a good enough job with macOS 14 Sonoma that anyone who wants to upgrade can do so now. That doesn’t mean you have to upgrade immediately, but there’s no major reason most people need [...]

By |2023-12-18T14:14:37-04:00March 1st, 2024|Mac Tips, News|Comments Off on Feel Free to Upgrade to macOS 14 Sonoma When You’re Ready

A Practical Guide to Identifying Phishing Emails

Phishing is becoming an ever more common way for people to get in trouble when using the Internet. A phishing attack is some communication, usually an email, that tries to lure you into revealing login credentials, financial information, or other confidential details. A State of Phishing report from security firm SlashNext claims that there [...]

By |2023-03-01T18:31:15-04:00March 17th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on A Practical Guide to Identifying Phishing Emails

Quickly Put Lots of Files in a Folder with One Command

Imagine that you’re working with a bunch of files, and you want to put a set of them in a new folder. You could stop what you’re doing, make a new folder, select all the files, and drag them into the folder, like an animal. Or you could take advantage of a slick Finder [...]

By |2023-03-01T18:23:28-04:00March 14th, 2023|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Quickly Put Lots of Files in a Folder with One Command

Is Your Wi-Fi Network a Security Risk?

With Wi-Fi security, it’s easy to fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” trap. Your Wi-Fi router probably lives in a corner or closet, and of course, Wi-Fi’s radio waves are invisible. But the ease of connecting your devices to your Wi-Fi network means it’s equally as easy for a hacker to [...]

By |2023-03-01T18:27:53-04:00March 3rd, 2023|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Is Your Wi-Fi Network a Security Risk?

Use Quick Look to Preview Spotlight Results in Ventura

When you search using Spotlight on the Mac, it provides a decent amount of information about each result, including name and other metadata. But what if you want to see what’s behind the search result? In macOS 13 Ventura, Apple added Quick Look support to Spotlight so you can easily preview the search results. [...]

By |2023-02-01T17:43:43-04:00February 21st, 2023|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use Quick Look to Preview Spotlight Results in Ventura

You Can Now Upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura When You’re Ready

When upgrading to a new version of macOS, we err on the side of caution, at least in our recommendations. (We’ve been using macOS 13 Ventura for some time now and often install beta releases on secondary machines for testing purposes.) Upgrading is easy, but if you upgrade too soon, the new macOS version [...]

By |2023-02-01T17:48:42-04:00February 10th, 2023|Mac Tips|Comments Off on You Can Now Upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura When You’re Ready

What Is Advanced Data Protection for iCloud? Should You Enable It?

In early December, Apple made a surprise announcement: Advanced Data Protection for iCloud. It’s not as though iCloud’s standard data protection is problematic, but it hinges on one architectural decision that makes some iCloud data theoretically vulnerable: Apple holds the encryption keys necessary to decrypt iCloud data. Because Apple controls those encryption keys, an [...]

By |2023-01-06T17:34:00-04:00January 27th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on What Is Advanced Data Protection for iCloud? Should You Enable It?
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