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How to Disable Webcam / FaceTime Camera on Mac Completely

Mar 1, 2017 - 28 Comments
How to disable Mac camera completely

Some of the more privacy conscious Mac users out there might put tape over their webcam or use apps like Oversight to detect camera activity. While either of those approaches can be satisfactory for many users (or considered totally paranoid and overboard to others), many advanced Mac users in the security community go a step … Read More

How to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

Feb 27, 2017 - 20 Comments
How to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

AirDrop is the fastest and most convenient way to wirelessly send files from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac. While AirDropping from iOS to Mac OS is easy, how it works may not be particularly obvious to some users, and many people don’t know the feature exists at all. Learning to use AirDrop to … Read More

Where Photos Files Are Stored on Mac

Feb 23, 2017 - 16 Comments
Where Photos are stored on Mac

The Photos app in Mac OS aims to manage all images found within the application, including pictures copied from an iPhone or memory card into the Photos app and those imported into the app as well. But have you ever wondered where those actual Photos files are stored on a Mac? We’re going to show … Read More

How to Use Screen Lock on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Feb 22, 2017 - 4 Comments
Lock a Mac screen with a Touch Bar button

Locking your Mac screen with password protection when you step away from the computer is always a good idea, but the newer MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models do not support the traditional lock screen keyboard shortcut. This doesn’t mean you can’t lock the screen quickly on a Touch Bar MacBook Pro however, and in … Read More

Detect Webcam & Microphone Activity on Mac with Oversight

Feb 21, 2017 - 12 Comments
Detect camera and microphone access on Mac

Though Mac users don’t usually have to worry excessively about “camfecting” malware and spyware, some security conscious users may find it nice to know if a process or application is attempting to access their computers web camera or microphone. With the help of a free third party security utility called Oversight, you can have your … Read More

How to Get a Hardware Escape Key on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Feb 20, 2017 - 7 Comments
Escape key on MacBook Pro touch bar

The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar model includes a Touch Bar screen in lieu of the standard hardware function keys and escape key. Removing the Escape key may not be a big deal to some Mac users, but for many pro users having no hardware escape key could be considered a major frustration or … Read More

How to Mute Sound in Embedded Videos in Messages

Feb 17, 2017 - 1 Comment
Mute the audio from embedded videos in messages

Want to mute a video that is blasting noise within an embedded Message? You can do that with a nice subtle trick. This works to silence embedded video sound in both the iOS and Mac Messages apps, both of which allow you to play embedded videos in Messages conversations without launching into a web browser.

How to Close Other Tabs in Safari on Mac

Feb 16, 2017 - 4 Comments
Close Other Tabs in Safari on Mac

If you’re a browser tab hoarder in Safari, you may find it helpful to close out of all other tabs while maintaining a specifically chosen active tab to be open. This offers a fast way for Mac Safari users to close out of tabs that are no longer needed, but without closing all other opened … Read More

How to Recover a Lost QuickTime Recording on Mac

Feb 16, 2017 - 1 Comment
QuickTime

Have you ever been recording a video or audio with QuickTime Player on the Mac only to have the application crash before you were able to save or edit the movie file? If so, you likely assume the video or audio file that was being recorded or was saved is now missing, but that is … Read More

The Best Video Players for Mac

Feb 15, 2017 - 31 Comments
Best Video Players for Mac

Ever wondered what the best video player for Mac is? While there are droves of app options available to watch movies and video on Mac, rather than going on a wild video player fishing expedition we’ve helped to narrow down some of the best free video player choices for you.

How to Automatically Empty Trash in Mac OS After 30 Days

Feb 10, 2017 - 7 Comments
Auto remove items from Trash after 30 days in Mac OS

For those Mac users who often dump items into the Trash but forget to empty it on a regular basis, you can enable a new feature in MacOS which allows the Trash to automatically empty itself after 30 days. This can be a particularly nice feature if your Trash can is constantly bloated and taking … Read More

How to View FileVault Progress When Encrypting a Mac Disk

Feb 8, 2017 - Leave a Comment
Check Filevault encryption progress

Using Filevault on a Mac encrypts the entire hard drive and helps protect personal data from theft or unauthorized snooping. It’s a great security feature that many users enable when they’re first setting up their Mac, but some users may enable it or disable it later as well. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but … Read More

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