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How to Use iCloud Password to Login & Unlock Mac OS X

Mar 24, 2015 - 10 Comments
Use iCloud (Apple ID) as a Mac Login

Rather than remembering a separate password and set of login information for unlocking a Mac, OS X offers the option to use an iCloud password to login to the computer at boot, reboot, authentication, locked screens, and all login windows instead. This is a helpful feature for users who like to keep things simple and … Read More

How to Join a Hidden Wi-Fi Network with No Broadcast SSID from iOS

Mar 18, 2015 - 2 Comments
Connect to a hidden wi-fi network in iOS

Hidden wi-fi networks are becoming more common as network administrators look for additional measures to secure wireless connections. Hiding the network functions as a means of security by obscurity, but the main user-side issue with a hidden Wi-FI network is that the routers SSID is not broadcast which can make it difficult to find for … Read More

How to Change the Root User Account Password in OS X

Mar 8, 2015 - 5 Comments
Login as root user in Mac OS X

Some advanced Mac users require having the root user enabled in OS X for administrative or troubleshooting purposes. While many will keep the root user account password the same as their general administrator password, this is not always recommended for some situations, and thus these Mac users may wish to change the root user account … Read More

Fix for Mac Randomly Asking for Password to iCloud, FaceTime, Messages

Mar 4, 2015 - 23 Comments
iCloud

A notable amount of Mac users have discovered that a random OS X password popup window can appear from iCloud, FaceTime, or Messages, any of each asking for the respective iCloud password. The random password request is very non-specific and just has the logo, “iCloud Password – Please enter your password for email@address” with options … Read More

How to Enable & Disable root User from Command Line in OS X

Feb 19, 2015 - Leave a Comment
Terminal in OS X

Though most advanced Mac users will find it easiest to enable root with Directory Utility from the GUI of OS X, another option is to turn to the command line. No, we’re not talking about using sudo or su, we’re talking about enabling the actual root user account, which can be appropriate for some complex … Read More

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

Feb 17, 2015 - 17 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

Detect & Remove Adware from Mac OS X Easily with AdwareMedic

Jan 29, 2015 - 21 Comments
AdwareMedic-for-Mac

Adware is generally something most Mac users won’t have to worry about, but that doesn’t mean that OS X is entirely immune to the potential nuisance, and nobody likes it when their browser has been hijacked by that type of junk. If you’re at all concerned about adware impacting your Mac and web browsing, you … Read More

Forgot a Mac Firmware Password? Don’t Panic, Here’s What To Do

Jan 28, 2015 - 18 Comments
Disable firmware password in Mac OS X

Users who require higher than usual security measures often set a firmware password on a Mac, which requires that a password be entered before the typical OS X boot sequence begins. While these low level passwords are quite secure, but that higher security also means a forgotten firmware password can be a significant problem. Nonetheless, … Read More

How to Remove a Finger Print from Touch ID on iPhone & iPad

Dec 29, 2014 - 16 Comments
iPhone Touch ID fingerprint unlock

When you properly set up Touch ID to unlock your iPhone or iPad, many users add several different of their fingers to the configuration so that they can unlock the iOS device in different orientations. That’s a good idea, but sometimes you may want to change which fingers (or whose fingers) are allowed to access … Read More

OS X Bash Update 1.0 Released to Address Shellshock Security Flaw

Sep 29, 2014 - 20 Comments
Terminal in OS X

Apple has released an important security update for Mac users, labeled as OS X Bash Update 1.0. The update addresses a recently discovered critical security flaw known as “Shellshock” that impacts the bash shell, the default shell used by the Terminal app of OS X, and is recommended for all users to install even if … 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

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