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Remove User Names from Login Window for Added Security in OS X

Jul 17, 2014 - 7 Comments
Display login name as password and username field in Mac OS X

The login screen of OS X defaults to showing the account pictures and user names of all accounts on the given Mac. This is undoubtedly convenient for most users as it makes logging into accounts much faster, but for situations where a Mac requires higher security, users may wish to hide user account names from … Read More

Advanced Guide to Understanding OS X Malware

Jun 25, 2014 - 12 Comments
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Note: This is an advanced topic aimed at expert Mac users. Macs are generally thought of as secure, certainly at least compared to the alternative world of Windows. But the reality is that while Macs are generally more secure than Windows, there is still legitimate potential for malware getting through to OS X, despite GateKeeper, … Read More

How to Password Protect Pages, Keynote, & Numbers Documents on iPad & iPhone

May 12, 2014 - 1 Comment
Password Protect iWork Documents

The iWork suite of productivity apps include Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and each of them allow users to password protect individual documents. In practice, this means that a document created within iWork in iOS, OS X, or iCloud, can be safely locked with built-in encryption, and the document can not be opened or viewed without … Read More

How to Disable IPv6 in Mac OS X

Apr 18, 2014 - 6 Comments
IPv6 Mac

Some Mac users may wish to disable IPv6 networking support on their machines. This may be desirable to avoid certain networking conflicts, or to increase security for users in higher threat environments, since IPv6 has been found by researchers to be potentially vulnerable to man-in-the-middle and other network attacks. Though most users don’t use IPv6 … Read More

2 Critically Important Things Every Apple User Must Do This Weekend

Mar 1, 2014 - 18 Comments
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Two hugely important software security updates have been released for many Apple devices recently, and if you haven’t updated your software to the latest versions yet, you really should do it while you have some free time this weekend. Do this for all of your own Apple hardware, do this for your parents Macs, grandparents … Read More

Help Protect a Mac from the SSL / TLS Security Bug

Feb 22, 2014 - 18 Comments
Wi-Fi security

Apple recently released iOS 7.0.6 with an important security update for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch users – if you have an iOS device, you should install that update right away. Though the 7.0.6 bug fix description was initially vague, further information we’ll detail below points to just how potentially serious the security issue is (or … Read More

How to Disable Public Folder Sharing in Mac OS X

Feb 11, 2014 - 3 Comments
Disable Public Folder Sharing in Mac OS X

If you’ve ever joined a public wi-fi network and noticed the Finder sidebar is suddenly filled with other unfamiliar computers and network shares, and then curiously clicked on one of them, you’ve probably discovered that most of these computers have a user ‘Public Folder’ accessible to you and everyone else. This folder is included with … Read More

How to Enable a Passcode for iPhone / iPad

Jan 22, 2014 - 5 Comments
The Enter Passcode iPhone Screen

Virtually all iPhone and iPad users should set an iOS passcode for their individual devices. This forces anyone attempting to use the device to enter a password before being able to unlock it or gain access to anything on the device, and it also requires the same passcode before any user is able to make … Read More

How to Set a Firmware Password on a Mac with OS X Mavericks

Jan 6, 2014 - 9 Comments
Set a firmware password on a Mac

Mac users in higher security risk situations may wish to enable an optional firmware password on their machines,which offers an advanced level of protection. In short, a firmware password is a lower level layer of security that is set on the actual Mac logicboards firmware, rather than at the software layer like FileVault encryption or … Read More

Generate Secure Passwords in Safari with iCloud Keychain for Mac OS X

Dec 17, 2013 - 6 Comments
iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain is a password management feature that arrived to the Mac with OS X Mavericks, and to the mobile Apple world with iOS 7. Basically it stores encrypted passwords securely within iCloud, which can then be accessed securely through your Mac or iOS device, allowing you to never have to enter a password again. … Read More

Bypass Gatekeeper in OS X Mavericks with Security Preferences

Nov 8, 2013 - 5 Comments
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Gatekeeper is an application level security feature on the Mac that aims to prevent unauthorized and unidentified apps from being launched in OS X, thereby preventing potential security problems like exploits or trojans from running on a Mac. The feature is most often encountered when an app has been downloaded from the web, and upon … Read More

How to Block All Incoming Network Connections in Mac OS X

Aug 28, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Block all incoming connections in Mac OS X with this firewall option

The OS X Firewall provides an optional ability to block all incoming network connections, offering a significant security boost to Macs that are located in untrusted networks or hostile network environments.

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