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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.

Erase Free Space on a Mac Hard Drive with OS X Disk Utility to Prevent File Recovery

Aug 21, 2013 - 2 Comments
Erase free space on a hard drive

The Mac OS X Disk Utility app provides an ability to erase free space on traditional hard drives, which overwrites vacant disk space on the drive to prevent any potential recovery of deleted files (that is, files that have been removed traditionally, rather than through secure methods). For most users this is an unnecessary procedure, … Read More

Use Tor to Browse the Web Anonymously & Access Blocked Websites

Jul 18, 2013 - 2 Comments
Tor

Tor is a free anonymity network that aims to conceal a users location and browser usage from snoopers, in addition to allowing access to websites that are otherwise blocked or filtered out through firewalls. The official description of the Tor browser and network is described as follows: The Tor software protects you by bouncing your … Read More

How to Set Up Lavabit Secure & Encrypted Email on the iPhone and iPad

Jul 13, 2013 - 1 Comment
Lavabit outbound email port setup in iOS Mail

Lavabit is a secure and encrypted email platform that has been getting a lot of attention lately in light of recent news events. Lavabit aims to prevent reductions of privacy, and so not only does Lavabit have excellent antispam and antivirus features along with your standard email niceties like autoresponders, its most relevant feature at … Read More

Maximize FileVault Security by Destroying Key Storage in Standby Mode

Jul 6, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Maximum FileVault Security

Standby mode is a power saving feature that automatically hibernates a Mac after it has been in sleep mode for a while, which it does to further decrease drain on battery. When a Mac using FileVault encryption is placed into standby mode, a FileVault key (yes, this key is encrypted) is stored in EFI (firmware) … Read More

Use FileVault to Get Full Disk Encryption in Mac OS X

May 22, 2013 - Leave a Comment
FileVault disk encryption for the Mac

FileVault is an amazing disk level encryption feature that comes with Mac OS X. When it has been enabled, it encrypts everything, all disk contents, and actively encrypts and decrypts data on the fly, meaning any newly created data or document will instantly be encrypted as well. It’s fast and incredibly secure, using XTS-AES 128 … Read More

Allow the Java Plug-In on a Per Website Basis with Java & Safari Updates for OS X

Apr 16, 2013 - 11 Comments
Java icon

Two new updates are available for Mac users that aim to increase security and control over how the Java web plugin runs in the Safari web browser. Named as Java for OS X 2013-003 and Safari 6.0.4 (or Safari 5.1.9 for older versions of OS X), the updates are available right now through Software Update … Read More

Automatically Log Out of a Mac After a Period of Inactivity

Mar 23, 2013 - 2 Comments
Automatic Log Out in Mac OS X

Using the automatic log out feature is a good way to bring an additional layer of security to a Mac. It works just as you’d expect; after a predetermined amount of time has passed without activity, the active user account logs itself out. This means all currently running apps close out as well as all … Read More

Set Up Two-Step Verification for Apple ID to Increase Account Security

Mar 21, 2013 - 8 Comments
Set up two step verification for Apple ID's

Apple has added an optional two-step verification security authentication feature to Apple ID’s, the login which is used to manage everything from iCloud storage settings to iTunes and App Store purchases. With Two-Step Verification enabled, you’ll login as usual, but then be required to verify your identity by entering in a special verification code on … Read More

Reset App Access to OS X Privacy Data from the Command Line

Dec 19, 2012 - 11 Comments
tccutil manages OS X privacy database and app access

If you accidentally permitted an app to gain access to things like your personal contacts list or location, or you’d just like to start over again and have granular control over which applications can access certain data, you can use the command line tool tccutil in OS X 10.8 and later. Think of the tccutil … Read More

How to Remove EXIF Data from Images Quickly

Dec 5, 2012 - 8 Comments
Remove EXIF data from an image

Photos taken with digital cameras, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, all include some level of EXIF data, which is basically metadata with information about the image. With pictures taken from the iPhone and other smartphones, that data can even include details like precise geographic coordinates where the image was taken, (though that’s easy … Read More

How to Generate & Change a MAC Address in OS X the Easy Way

Nov 9, 2012 - 15 Comments
Change a MAC Address easily in OS X with LinkLiar

If you need to change a computers MAC address (the unique ID attached to a physical network interface), but aren’t comfortable with the command line approaches that we’ve discussed before, an excellent free preference panel called LinkLiar makes it easy. Not only does LinkLiar make changing MAC addresses remarkably simple for any network interface on … Read More

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