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    December 18th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    Bad guys listening in? Take steps to avoid public Wi-Fi snooping

    Reader H. Thomas Staton would like his laptop to be as secure as possible while he’s on the road. He writes: What is the best way to secure my MacBook...

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    December 18th, 2014 by Topher Kessler
    The four Mac security options everyone should know

    As our lives increasingly go digital, security is a major concern not only for the various online services we use, but also for the devices on which...

  3. Help
    December 16th, 2014 by Kirk McElhearn
    How to help a Good Samaritan return your lost iPhone, iPad or Mac

    You know it could happen some day: you might lose your iPhone, iPad or laptop. If you’ve activated Find My iPhone (or the similarly named feature...

  4. Help
    December 16th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    Stop that ringing! How to prevent the iPhone from forwarding calls

    Reader Graham Lee’s iPhone is making its presence a little too well known. He writes: I’m running iOS 8 on my iPhone along with a couple of iPads...

  5. Help
    December 15th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    The case of the mysteriously sleeping MacBook

    Reader John Greeves believes he has a stumper in regard to a mysteriously sleeping laptop. He writes: This is a weird one but I’ve run out of ideas....

  6. Help
    December 12th, 2014 by Joe Kissell
    How to choose the best video calling method

    It should be such a simple thing: you’re just going to make a video call. If it were a phone call, you’d dial a number and you’d either get...

  7. Help
    December 11th, 2014 by Rob Griffiths
    The paranoid person’s guide to a complete Mac backup

    I’m somewhat paranoid about backing up my data files. And by “somewhat paranoid,” I mean “petrified.” If you’re not of a similar mindset,...

  8. Help
    December 11th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    How to restore a missing recovery partition

    Reader Kai Peterson installed a copy of Yosemite but seems to be missing something. He writes: I installed a clean copy of Yosemite on an external...

  9. Help
    December 11th, 2014 by Lesa Snider
    How to pick the best photo editor for your life

    Browsing the App Store for new photo-editing software can be overwhelming. There are dozens of image editors and it’s difficult to tell which is...

  10. Help
    December 8th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    Finder labels too subtle? Create garish folder icons instead

    Reader Ingrid Sorenson finds some elements of OS X a little too subtle. She writes: In the past I used to assign labels to folders so that I could...

  11. Help
    December 8th, 2014 by Kirk McElhearn
    iTunes: Ripping CDs in 2014, streaming music from Mac to stereo

    I’ve received lots of interesting questions in the last couple of weeks, and here are four of them. I address the increasingly common problem of...

  12. Help
    December 8th, 2014 by Chuck La Tournous
    How to speed up your network without replacing your AirPort Extreme Base Station

    Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Stations (AEBS) have never been a bargain, but they’ve always offered good speed and range. What’s really set them...

  13. Help
    December 5th, 2014 by Topher Kessler
    How to mount and manage non-native file systems in OS X with FUSE

    Mac OS X supports a handful of common file systems – HFS+, FAT32 and exFAT, with read-only support for NTFS. It can do this because the file systems...

  14. Help
    December 4th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    Photo Stream how-to: Delete once, remove all copies

    Reader Bengt Hamsten needs a little extra help understanding the whys and wherefores of Photo Stream. He writes: When I take a picture with my new...

  15. Help
    December 4th, 2014 by Christopher Breen
    How to recover passwords with Keychain Access

    If you’re the kind of upstanding person I believe you to be, over the coming holidays you’re going to spend some time with family and friends....

  16. Help
    December 4th, 2014 by Lesa Snider
    How to make beautiful calendars with iPhoto

    For an incredibly meaningful gift, look no further than a wall calendar hand-crafted in iPhoto. Apple’s calendars are nice and big (33 x 25cm),...

  17. Help
    December 3rd, 2014 by Lou Hattersley
    How to set up Family Sharing on an iPad, iPhone or Mac

    Family Sharing is a new feature introduced alongside iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. With Family Sharing you can share apps, music, movies, books and more...

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