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Clear Recent Web Browsing History in Safari for Mac OS X

Nov 28, 2014 - 15 Comments
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The Safari web browser has always included an ability to delete all web history, site data, searches, and cookies on a Mac, but the latest versions of Safari for OS X make this task even easier and offer a bit more control with four possible options, allowing users to do any of the following; remove … Read More

Use Private Browsing Mode in Safari for OS X Yosemite on a Per-Window Basis

Nov 8, 2014 - 11 Comments
Private browsing window in Safari OS X

Safari in OS X Yosemite gained the ability to initiate private browsing mode on a per-window basis. This is a marked difference from how Private Browsing worked previously in Safari on the Mac, which converted all browser windows and tabs that are open in Safari into privacy mode. Now, you can open an individual Private … Read More

Automatically Delete Old Messages from iPhone with iOS 8+

Nov 3, 2014 - 8 Comments
Delete old messages automatically in iOS

Messages in iOS can grow to take up considerable storage space over time, particularly for users who frequently send and receive multimedia on an iPhone. Each photo taken with an iPhone camera can easily consume 4MB, and movies will take up even more space, and it’s not unusual for an iPhone user to eventually wind … Read More

How to Hide Photos on iPhone & iPad with the iOS Hidden Album

Oct 29, 2014 - 7 Comments
Hide photos in iOS

Everyone likely has a few photos sitting on their iPhone they’d rather nobody else see, whether it’s embarrassing selfies, poorly filtered or edited pics, a picture of a receipt or personal paperwork, or anything else in the realm of private photos. Those pictures can make showing someone another picture on your iPhone (or iPad) an … Read More

Show a Photo On Your iPhone Without Someone Accessing Camera Roll

Aug 15, 2014 - 9 Comments
Deny access to Photos Camera Roll

Have you ever wanted to share an iPhone picture with someone, but you’re concerned about them flipping through your camera roll and finding other photos you’d rather not share? If you want to limit that you have a few options available, but because the iPhone doesn’t have a specific ability to lock onto a single … Read More

Set a Password on iWork Files in Mac OS X for Added Security

Aug 12, 2014 - 3 Comments
Password required to open an iWork file in Mac OS X

Every app in the iWork suite offers optional password protection of files created, modified, or opened within their respective application. In practice, this means that no user will be able to open or access the file and view the contents on their Mac or iOS device without entering the password first. Password protecting iWork documents … Read More

Remove User Names from Login Window for Added Security in OS X

Jul 17, 2014 - 7 Comments
Display login name as password and username field in Mac OS X

The login screen of OS X defaults to showing the account pictures and user names of all accounts on the given Mac. This is undoubtedly convenient for most users as it makes logging into accounts much faster, but for situations where a Mac requires higher security, users may wish to hide user account names from … Read More

How to Clear Recent Searches from Safari

Jun 20, 2014 - 8 Comments
Clear Recent Searches in Safari

Nearly all web browsers default to keeping a list of recent searches which are easily retrievable as part of the browser history. Safari shows this recent search list when the URL bar is clicked into with the cursor, revealing the 10 most recent web search terms or phrases. That recent search list can be convenient … Read More

How to Control What Apps Can Access Photos in iOS

Jun 1, 2014 - Leave a Comment
How to control what apps have access to Photos in iOS

iOS allows users to control what apps can access the images and photos stored on their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This is handled through the Privacy settings and offers granular control over which specific third party applications are allowed to pull images from the Photos app, Camera Roll, and also whether or not they … Read More

How to Block Contacts From Calling Your iPhone

May 5, 2014 - 10 Comments
Block contacts from calling your iphone

You can block callers from contacting you on your iPhone, and not only will it block their inbound phone calls but also any text messages or FaceTime communication attempts. This is obviously useful for so many reasons, whether it’s to avoid a nuisance or a weirdo, and it’s simple to use. One interesting thing to … Read More

How to Enable ‘Do Not Track’ in Chrome on the Mac or PC

Apr 25, 2014 - 5 Comments
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“Do Not Track” is an effort to increase privacy on the web, when enabled it sends a ‘do not track’ (DNT for short) request along with your web browsing, basically asking the web sites and services to not follow activity across the web. Because it’s entirely optional right now, not every website or service respects … Read More

Set AirDrop in iOS to be Discoverable by Contacts Only for Added Privacy

Apr 24, 2014 - 3 Comments
AirDrop for iOS Privacy Contacts Only

Those of us who regularly use AirDrop on the iPhone or iPad and leave the function frequently turned on for share requests may want to take a moment to adjust a simple privacy setting for the feature, allowing your iOS device to be only discoverable by Contacts. This prevents AirDrop requests coming in from random … Read More

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