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Use “Delete Immediately” on Files to Bypass Trash in Mac OS X

Nov 23, 2015 - 14 Comments
How to delete files immediately in Mac OS X and bypass the Trash

The latest versions of OS X include a new ability to immediately delete a file or folder from the Mac, bypassing the Trash can. Essentially how the “Delete Immediately” feature works is by circumventing the Trash and rather than waiting for user action to remove the files, it just deletes the file(s) instantaneously from the … Read More

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

Nov 18, 2015 - 15 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 Use “Secure Empty Trash” Equivalent in OS X El Capitan

Oct 12, 2015 - 27 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 Unblock a Caller on iPhone

Sep 8, 2015 - 4 Comments
iPhone Contacts icon

The ability to block people from calling or messaging an iPhone or iPad is an undoubtedly useful feature, but there may come a time where you wish to undo that block. Fortunately, unblocking a contact from iOS is straight forward and easy, so whether you have changed your mind, accidentally blocked someone, or have just … Read More

Change How Safari Clears Downloaded Items List in Mac OS X

Sep 1, 2015 - 4 Comments
The Safari downloads list in Mac OS X, you can clear it manually

Each time you download a file from the web with Safari, it goes into a list of downloaded items contained within the browser. In modern versions of OS X, this downloaded list item deletes itself automatically after a day passes, but if you want to change how often and when Safari clears the download list, … Read More

How to ‘UnTrust’ All Computers from iPhone & iPad

Aug 26, 2015 - 8 Comments
How to reset the Trust This Computer alert in iOS

When you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer, you’ll see a familiar “Trust This Computer?” pop-up on the iOS device screen with two options “Trust” and “Don’t Trust”. If you intend to use the computer with the iOS device users will tap on “Trust”, which gives the computer access to the … Read More

How to See the Exact Location Where a Photo was Taken with a Mac

May 8, 2015 - 9 Comments
Find the picture location in GPS > Show in Maps

The digital cameras included with iPhone, Android, and many others, have an option to geotag pictures using the devices GPS hardware, effectively pinpointing the exact location a photo was taken and bundling that geographic location data into the metadata of a picture. While you can turn off photo geotagging on iPhone and iPad, many users … Read More

How to Stop Suggested Apps Appearing on Lock Screen of iPhone

Apr 18, 2015 - 6 Comments
Suggested app on the lock screen of iPhone

New versions of iOS offer an interesting featured called Suggested Apps, which uses your current location to recommend or suggest an app to use or download based on where you are and what you may be doing. For example, if you walk into a Starbucks, the Starbucks app could be recommended on the lock screen … Read More

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

Feb 17, 2015 - 20 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

How to Hide a Specific User Account from Login Screens of OS X

Feb 1, 2015 - 8 Comments
Hide a specific user account in Mac OS X

Mac users who have multiple user accounts on a single machine may sometimes wish to hide a specific user account from appearing on the login screens of OS X. This is fairly common for systems administrators who want to hide an admin account that can be used for direct or remote troubleshooting, but it can … Read More

Clear Recent Web Browsing History in Safari for Mac OS X

Nov 28, 2014 - 17 Comments

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 Mac OS X on a Per-Window Basis

Nov 8, 2014 - 11 Comments

Safari in OS X El Capitan and 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 … Read More

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