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How to Reveal Hidden Message Previews with Touch ID on iPhone Lock Screen

May 23, 2017 - 2 Comments
The locked screen shows a hidden message preview on iOS

The iPhone defaults to showing message previews on the lock screen of iOS, revealing the sender name and message content text. Because of potential privacy ramifications, many users turn off message previews on the lock screen which hides the message content, but then to read the full message users have to go to the Message … Read More

How to Check XProtect Version in Mac OS

May 1, 2017 - 14 Comments
Check XProtect Version on Mac

GateKeeper, MRT (Malware Removal Tool), and XProtect are all built-in features of Mac OS designed to prevent malware threats and other nefarious software from being installed or used on a Mac. These security features exist in the background and are updated with regular system software updates to Mac OS, but Apple will also push quiet … Read More

How to SSH on Mac with the Native SSH Client

Apr 28, 2017 - 13 Comments
Using SSH on a Mac

Did you know the Mac has a native SSH client built directly into the command line? This ssh client allows for secured connections and remote logins into other machines. Unlike Windows, you won’t need a third party app to utilize SSH for connections into remote computers and devices, because ssh is built directly into Mac … Read More

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

How to Use Screen Lock on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Feb 22, 2017 - 4 Comments
Lock a Mac screen with a Touch Bar button

Locking your Mac screen with password protection when you step away from the computer is always a good idea, but the newer MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models do not support the traditional lock screen keyboard shortcut. This doesn’t mean you can’t lock the screen quickly on a Touch Bar MacBook Pro however, and in … 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 Reset a macOS Sierra Password

Jan 31, 2017 - 26 Comments
Resetting a macOS Sierra password

Need to reset the password on macOS Sierra? Maybe you forgot your primary admin user account password or maybe you’re working on someone elses Mac and you need to gain access to it. We’ll show you the easiest way to reset the password on a macOS Sierra based computer.

How to Reset Forgotten Restrictions Password on iPhone, iPad

Dec 28, 2016 - 31 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 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 - 45 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

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