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Erase Free Space on a Mac Hard Drive with OS X Disk Utility to Prevent File Recovery

Aug 21, 2013 - 2 Comments
Erase free space on a hard drive

The Mac OS X Disk Utility app provides an ability to erase free space on traditional hard drives, which overwrites vacant disk space on the drive to prevent any potential recovery of deleted files (that is, files that have been removed traditionally, rather than through secure methods). For most users this is an unnecessary procedure, … Read More

Use Tor to Browse the Web Anonymously & Access Blocked Websites

Jul 18, 2013 - 2 Comments
Tor

Tor is a free anonymity network that aims to conceal a users location and browser usage from snoopers, in addition to allowing access to websites that are otherwise blocked or filtered out through firewalls. The official description of the Tor browser and network is described as follows: The Tor software protects you by bouncing your … Read More

How to Set Up Lavabit Secure & Encrypted Email on the iPhone and iPad

Jul 13, 2013 - 1 Comment
Lavabit outbound email port setup in iOS Mail

Lavabit is a secure and encrypted email platform that has been getting a lot of attention lately in light of recent news events. Lavabit aims to prevent reductions of privacy, and so not only does Lavabit have excellent antispam and antivirus features along with your standard email niceties like autoresponders, its most relevant feature at … Read More

Cell Carriers May Sell Your Location & Browsing History, Here’s How to Opt Out

Jul 7, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Privacy

Cellular carriers in the USA are looking to start selling customer usage data to third parties and marketers, according to TechCrunch. This is being done in an effort labeled as ‘personalization’ and using some other boring and friendly sounding descriptions. Though the information is supposedly aggregate and anonymous, it still may include fairly personal details … Read More

Maximize FileVault Security by Destroying Key Storage in Standby Mode

Jul 6, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Maximum FileVault Security

Standby mode is a power saving feature that automatically hibernates a Mac after it has been in sleep mode for a while, which it does to further decrease drain on battery. When a Mac using FileVault encryption is placed into standby mode, a FileVault key (yes, this key is encrypted) is stored in EFI (firmware) … Read More

Secure Remove Files & Directories from Mac OS X with the Command Line

Jun 9, 2013 - 1 Comment
Terminal logo

Need to securely delete a file, group of files, or an entire directory, insuring that it’s quite literally never recoverable by any known possible means? You can do this easily from the command line with the help of an incredibly powerful tool called srm. srm, as you may have guessed, stands for ‘secure removal’, and … Read More

Control What Apps Have Access to Contacts Information in iOS

Jun 5, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Control what apps have access to Contacts in iOS

Have you ever noticed how some apps will have information pulled from your iOS Contacts list, like peoples names, numbers, and contact information? Or, contrarily, how some apps should have access to your address book, but don’t, and are then feature limited? Though this happens by choice, it’s fairly easy to overlook these settings during … Read More

How to Create a Password Protected PDF File in Mac OS X

May 29, 2013 - 1 Comment
Password protect a PDF

If you need to create an encrypted PDF with password protection, forget about buying Adobe Acrobat or other expensive software, because Mac OS X has you covered with built-in tools. Yes, the Mac can natively create secure password protected PDF documents, meaning it’s free, and it’s also impressively easy to do.

Force Spotlight to Ignore Folders & Files with a Naming Extension in OS X

May 28, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Force Spotlight to ignore files and directories with a name change

Spotlight is the core of Mac OS X’s Search functionality, and if you want Spotlight to ignore a file, folder, or drive, the traditionally recommended advice is to drag the items to exclude from indexation into the Spotlight system preference panel exclusion list. That’s the recommended approach because it’s simple to use and easy to … Read More

How to Clear Call History on the iPhone

May 23, 2013 - 1 Comment
Delete a single call from Call History on the iPhone

It’s really easy to delete calls from the iPhone call history log, and you can get quite specific in the process. You can delete a single specific call, outbound calls, incoming calls, all missed calls, received calls, basically, if it is included in the Phone app “Recents” list, it can be deleted with ease. While … Read More

Use FileVault to Get Full Disk Encryption in Mac OS X

May 22, 2013 - Leave a Comment
FileVault disk encryption for the Mac

FileVault is an amazing disk level encryption feature that comes with Mac OS X. When it has been enabled, it encrypts everything, all disk contents, and actively encrypts and decrypts data on the fly, meaning any newly created data or document will instantly be encrypted as well. It’s fast and incredibly secure, using XTS-AES 128 … Read More

How to Turn Off Phone Calls on the iPhone but Keep Data & iMessage

May 8, 2013 - 2 Comments
Turn off phone calls but keep iPhone data working

Ever wished you could turn off the phone call portion of your iPhone, while still retaining the ability to use data, access the internet, even send iMessages? You can do that with a funky workaround we’ll cover here, and it’s an amazing solution if you’re looking for some peace and quiet but in a situation … Read More

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