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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

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 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

How to Hide Pictures in Photos for Mac with Hidden Album

Dec 29, 2016 - 8 Comments
Unhide a photo in Photos for Mac

If you have some picture(s) you’d rather not shown alongside your regular photo album in Photos for Mac, you can hide those photos and then use a special Hidden Photos album to contain the hidden images and browse them separately. These hidden pictures will be self contained and separate from the regular album views, though … Read More

How to Reset Forgotten Restrictions Password on iPhone, iPad

Dec 28, 2016 - 25 Comments
Reset Restrictions Passcode on iPhone and iPad

Restrictions on iPhone or iPad prevent a user from making many changes to the devices settings and allow the disabling of various iOS features, including some apps, functionalities, to disallow certain content types, and the ability to prevent making in-app purchases or buying from the App Store. Restrictions are very commonly used by parents to … Read More

How to Block Unknown Callers & “No Caller ID” on iPhone

Nov 10, 2016 - 22 Comments
Block unknown callers on iPhone

Now that we can block callers on the iPhone by selecting a specific number or contact, wouldn’t it be nice to go further and stop all “Unknown” callers and “No Caller ID” calls from coming to the iPhone too? Typically the “Unknown”, “No Caller ID”, and “Blocked” callers are telemarketers, robocalls, and other annoying types, … Read More

How to Download a File from a Server with SSH / SCP

Nov 7, 2016 - 1 Comment
Terminal in macOS

Users can securely download a file from any remote server with SSH by using the scp tool at the command line. Essentially this means you can have a file stored securely on a remote server and transfer it to local storage without having to expose that file to the outside world, because scp offers the … Read More

How to Record iPhone Phone Calls the Easy Way

Nov 2, 2016 - 43 Comments
How to Record Phone Calls with iPhone

Want to record an iPhone call? Did you know there is a very easy way to record iPhone phone calls using nothing but your iPhone and a voicemail trick? I know you’re thinking what does recording an iPhone call have to do with voicemail, but it turns out that a simple trick allows you to … Read More

How to Decrypt External Drives on Mac

Oct 25, 2016 - Leave a Comment
How to Turn Off Encryption on External Drive on Mac to decrypt

For Mac users who encrypt external hard drives and USB flash drives, there may come a time when you want to remove the password protection and decrypt the external device. Decrypting an external drive allows all data on the drive to be accessed without the password authentication, effectively turning off any protection on the target … Read More

How to Disable “Reply to Message” from Lock Screen in iOS 10

Oct 22, 2016 - 4 Comments
Reply to Message from lock screen of iOS

The latest versions of iOS allow users to read and reply to Messages directly from the lock screen, without having to authenticate with a passcode or Touch ID on the device. This allows for iPhone and iPad users to quickly reply to inbound messages, but it can also lead to some potential privacy issues that … Read More

How to Disable Location Based Suggestions in Mac OS

Oct 7, 2016 - 2 Comments
Turn off Location-based Suggestions on Mac

Spotlight, Safari, Siri, Maps, and other apps on the Mac use your location during searches to help suggest particular activity. For example, if you’re searching in Spotlight for “coffee” on the Mac, you may find that nearby coffee shops are displayed, allowing you to search local listings directly from Spotlight search in Mac OS. These … Read More

How to Open .pkg Files to View What Will Install on Mac with Suspicious Package

Aug 31, 2016 - 5 Comments
Suspicious Package Quick Look view to open PKG file

Many Mac applications and downloads arrive as a PKG package file, but have you ever wanted to open a PKG file to view exactly what is being installed and where it’s going from the source .pkg? Assuming you get a .pkg installer from a trusted source like Apple there is generally nothing to be concerned … Read More

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