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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 Block Cookies on Safari for iOS

Jan 17, 2014 - 4 Comments
Safari

The Safari web browser for iOS provides for tremendous user control over how web cookies are handled on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, allowing users to choose to block all cookies, allow all cookies, or selectively block only third party tracking and advertiser cookies.

How to Set a Firmware Password on a Mac with OS X Mavericks

Jan 6, 2014 - 11 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

Enable & Control Access for Assistive Devices & Apps in OS X Mavericks

Jan 5, 2014 - 2 Comments
Accessibility feature called Assistive Devices in Mac OS X

Assistive Devices and Assistive Apps are applications and accessories which can control parts of the Mac and OS X beyond the normal scope of app limits. While it’s primarily thought of as an Accessibility feature, it’s also commonly uses for general apps too, ranging from screen sharing functions, to apps that require microphone access, to … Read More

How to See & Control What Apps Use Location Data in Mac OS X

Dec 28, 2013 - Leave a Comment
See when an app is using Location Data in Mac OS X

OS X now has the ability to easily view and manage which applications can access a users location data. This is a new feature with OS X Mavericks, and Mac users who also have iOS devices should find the initial indicator to be a familiar arrow icon that resides alongside other status bar icons and … Read More

See & Control What Apps Have Microphone Access in iOS 7

Nov 26, 2013 - Leave a Comment
List of apps with microphone access in iOS

Apple has added an additional security feature to iOS 7 that allows users to control exactly which apps can have access to the microphone. Yes, the microphone that you speak into, either at the bottom of an iPhone / iPod, or at the top of an iPad. The access controls are tucked away within the … Read More

Create a Password Protected Text File with vi and the Command Line

Nov 22, 2013 - 4 Comments
Terminal in OS X

It’s easy to create a password protected text file by using the command line text editor ‘vi’. This is infinitely useful for privacy purposes, whether the protected file is for containing login details, various passwords, personal information, a private journal, or just about anything else that you want stored securely in a single password protected … Read More

Hide Notifications from the Lock Screen of Mac OS X

Nov 21, 2013 - 2 Comments
Disable Notifications from showing on the lock screen of Mac OS X

Don’t want to see Notifications and alerts on the login screens and locked screens of OS X? Me neither, and because Notifications can be fairly personal items from calendars, reminders, messages, or apps, they aren’t necessarily something you want on the lock screen of a Mac that is visible in public, like at an office … Read More

How to Use Private Browsing with Safari for iOS 7

Oct 19, 2013 - 5 Comments
Safari icon for iOS

Private Browsing is an optional Safari browsing mode that causes no data from the browsing session to be saved, this means no cache files, cookies, or browsing history will be stored or collected in iOS, making for a fairly anonymous session on the client side. It’s a popular browsing choice for a wide variety of … Read More

How to Tell if Someone Snooped Your iPhone / iPad & Read Emails, Messages, Call Log

Sep 7, 2013 - Leave a Comment
How to see if someone snooped on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you suspect someone is snooping through your iPhone call log, messages, email, or through other apps, you can set a simple trap of sorts to potentially catch such intrusions on privacy. The idea behind this is pretty simple: quit out of all apps to leave the task bar empty, then check on the multitask … 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.

Hide Email Previews from the Lock Screen of iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Aug 26, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Hide email previews from the lock screen of iOS devices

New email arrivals display a small preview of the message itself on the lock screen of iOS devices, which shows the sender, the subject, and part of the actual email message body. Because emails can contain some very private and/or personal details, you may wish to hide those email message previews from showing up on … Read More

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