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How to Disable Public Folder Sharing in Mac OS X

Feb 11, 2014 - 4 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 Yosemite & OS X Mavericks

Jan 6, 2014 - 13 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 - 8 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 - 6 Comments
bypass-gatekeeper-os-x

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.

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

Aug 21, 2013 - 3 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 - 1 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

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