Block Malicious and Adult Web Sites with DNS Filtering

One of the best ways to keep malware from infecting your computers is to avoid visiting websites designed to do just that. No one intentionally visits loadmetogetinfected.com, but malware authors employ all sorts of tricks to lure unsuspecting users into viewing malicious sites. Various tools can help, but the easiest free technique is called [...]

By |2022-05-04T17:12:36-04:00June 3rd, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Block Malicious and Adult Web Sites with DNS Filtering

Put Files in the Mac’s Trash Using the Keyboard

You know that you can drag files or folders to the Trash icon in the Dock for later deletion. And you probably know that you can select multiple items on the Desktop or in a Finder window by Command-clicking each one in turn (Shift-click to select a sequential range of items in a list [...]

By |2022-05-04T17:06:50-04:00May 24th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Put Files in the Mac’s Trash Using the Keyboard

Copy and Paste Like a Pro with a Clipboard Utility

For our money, perhaps the most unheralded innovation of the computer age is Copy and Paste. No one thinks about the clipboard—that virtual shelf where copied text and images sit—because it just works. We all use Command-C to copy something and Command-V to paste it without having to retype the text, reimport the graphic, [...]

By |2022-05-04T17:05:19-04:00May 20th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Copy and Paste Like a Pro with a Clipboard Utility

Beware the Bulging Battery! (And What to Do If Yours Expands)

We’ve been seeing a spate of bulging batteries of late, both in Mac laptops and iPhones. A bulging battery is a Very Bad Thing and must be dealt with immediately because it could catch fire or even explode. As lithium-ion batteries age, the chemical reactions that produce power no longer complete fully, resulting in [...]

By |2021-10-03T12:29:46-04:00November 12th, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Beware the Bulging Battery! (And What to Do If Yours Expands)

Two Important Tips for External Storage Devices

It’s tempting to think that most external storage devices—whether simple hard drives or more complicated network-attached storage (NAS) units—are relatively similar because they all do roughly the same thing. However, a recent problem with older Western Digital My Book Live NAS devices highlighted that there can be large differences. In that case, hackers figured [...]

By |2021-07-06T11:37:25-04:00August 3rd, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Two Important Tips for External Storage Devices

Two Tricks for Fixing a Mac That’s Restarting Unexpectedly

Although extremely uncommon, it’s not unheard of for a Mac, particularly an older model, to restart unexpectedly. If it happens once, chalk it up to cosmic rays and move on. But if it happens multiple times, try these two things right off. First, use compressed air to remove dust from cooling vents or the [...]

By |2021-06-07T12:07:01-04:00July 13th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Two Tricks for Fixing a Mac That’s Restarting Unexpectedly

Nine Reasons to Put Your Mac’s Pointer in a Corner

Nine Reasons to Put Your Mac’s Pointer in a Corner If your Mac is like ours, it’s a busy place, with oodles of open windows and lots of icons lying around. If you want to display the Desktop or see a single app’s windows, you may find yourself clicking around or using keyboard shortcuts, [...]

By |2021-05-04T08:40:47-04:00June 18th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Nine Reasons to Put Your Mac’s Pointer in a Corner

Home Sharing Lets You Access Media on Your Mac from Other Local Apple Devices

In the heyday of iTunes, Apple users stored their music, movies, and TV shows on their Macs and shared them with other Macs in their homes, as well as their iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs. Of late, however, streaming has become Apple’s preferred media consumption approach, thanks to the rise of Apple Music and [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:58:34-04:00March 26th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Home Sharing Lets You Access Media on Your Mac from Other Local Apple Devices

Getting Started with 1Password

We’ve long recommended that everyone use a password manager like 1Password instead of attempting to memorize or write down passwords. Although there are other password managers, 1Password is the leading solution for Apple users, thanks to a focus on macOS and iOS from its earliest days. 1Password offers numerous benefits, including: Automatic generation of [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:56:26-04:00March 19th, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Getting Started with 1Password

Reclaim Local Storage Space by Removing iCloud Drive Downloads

With iCloud Drive, Apple provides an Optimize Mac Storage checkbox that, when checked, stores the full contents of iCloud Drive on the Mac only if there’s enough space. However, you may wish to recover local storage space without selecting that option—luckily, that’s easy to do. Open iCloud Drive in the Finder, Control-click a file, [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:45:12-04:00March 2nd, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Reclaim Local Storage Space by Removing iCloud Drive Downloads
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