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Don’t Try This At Home: Destroy an iPhone by Changing the Date

Feb 11, 2016 - 65 Comments
Destroying an iPhone with a bad date bug

Every once in a while an awful bug is discovered that can crash an iPhone, render it nearly useless, or rarely, worse. The worst scenario applies here, because it turns out you can completely destroy an iPhone and make it inoperable by simply changing the devices date to a specific time and date far in … Read More

The iTunes Lockdown Folder Location & How to Reset iOS Lockdown Certificates in Mac OS X & Windows

Jan 21, 2016 - 7 Comments
The iOS Lockdown folders in Mac OS X and Windows

A hidden Lockdown folder is created by iTunes which stores certificate UDID data for iOS devices that are synced to a specific computer. These lockdown certificates are required to be able to successfully sync an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a computer, but in some specific occasions, a user may need to manually access … Read More

How to Enable Stealth Mode in Mac OS X Firewall for Added Security

Nov 18, 2015 - 19 Comments
Enable Stealth Mode Firewall in Mac OS X

Mac users who want a bit more network security can turn on an optional firewall feature in OS X called Stealth Mode. With Stealth Mode enabled, the Mac will not acknowledge or respond to typical network discovery attempts with ICMP ping requests, and will not answer connections attempts made from closed TCP and UDP networks. … Read More

How to Prevent Gatekeeper Turning Back On Automatically in Mac OS X

Nov 5, 2015 - 10 Comments
Terminal in OS X

Gatekeeper is a security feature built into Mac OS X which helps to prevent unauthorized applications and code from executing on a Mac. Most users have encountered Gatekeeper before when they go to open an application downloaded from the internet, where you see an “App can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer” … Read More

How to Use “Secure Empty Trash” Equivalent in OS X El Capitan

Oct 12, 2015 - 40 Comments
Secure Empty Trash equivalent in OS X

Many Mac users have noticed that the Secure Empty Trash feature has been removed in OS X El Capitan (10.11 or later), the reason the feature was removed is basically because it did not work all the time, but more on that in a moment. First, let’s cover how you can perform the equivalent of … Read More

How to Disable System Integrity Protection (rootless) in OS X El Capitan

Oct 5, 2015 - 67 Comments
Enable or Disable System Integrity Protection Rootless in Mac OS X

Apple has enabled a new default security oriented featured called System Integrity Protection, often called rootless, in OS X 10.11 onward. The rootless feature is aimed at preventing Mac OS X compromise by malicious code, whether intentionally or accidentally, and essentially what SIP does is lock down specific system level locations in the file system … Read More

How to Stop Using an iCloud Password to Unlock a Mac

May 23, 2015 - 9 Comments
Use iCloud (Apple ID) as a Mac Login

When a user sets up a new Mac, there is a helpful option to use an iCloud ID and Apple ID to login and unlock the Mac. Users can also choose at any time to have their iCloud ID as their login for OS X too. While this is undoubtedly a helpful feature and it … Read More

How to Disable Gatekeeper from Command Line in Mac OS X

May 4, 2015 - 4 Comments
Gatekeeper warning in Mac OS X prevents unknown apps being launched

Though most Mac users will want to keep Gatekeeper enabled for security purposes, some advanced users find that Gatekeeper is overly zealous in preventing third party apps from being used in OS X. While it’s easy to turn off Gatekeeper through the System Preferences on a Mac, another option is to disable Gatekeeper by using … Read More

How to Use iCloud Password to Login & Unlock Mac OS X

Mar 24, 2015 - 17 Comments
Use iCloud (Apple ID) as a Mac Login

Rather than remembering a separate password and set of login information for unlocking a Mac, OS X offers the option to use an iCloud password to login to the computer at boot, reboot, authentication, locked screens, and all login windows instead. This is a helpful feature for users who like to keep things simple and … Read More

Security Update 2015-02 Available for OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion

Mar 9, 2015 - 38 Comments
Security in Mac OS X

Apple has released an important security update for Mac users running a variety of versions of OS X. Labeled as “Security Update 2015-02”, the small update weighs in around 60MB and is available now for OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, and OS X Mountain Lion.

How to Enable & Disable root User from Command Line in OS X

Feb 19, 2015 - 1 Comment
Terminal in OS X

Though most advanced Mac users will find it easiest to enable root with Directory Utility from the GUI of OS X, another option is to turn to the command line. No, we’re not talking about using sudo or su, we’re talking about enabling the actual root user account, which can be appropriate for some complex … Read More

How to Remove a Password from a PDF File in Mac OS X

Feb 17, 2015 - 23 Comments
Unlock the protected PDF to remove the password

Many users who send PDF documents with sensitive data back and forth will password protect the files from their Mac so that only authorized users can read and access the data contained within the document. This is fairly common with everything from contracts to accounting and financial records, and it’s equally common to sometimes require … Read More

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