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How to Disable Public Folder Sharing in Mac OS X

Feb 11, 2014 - 3 Comments
Disable Public Folder Sharing in Mac OS X

If you’ve ever joined a public wi-fi network and noticed the Finder sidebar is suddenly filled with other unfamiliar computers and network shares, and then curiously clicked on one of them, you’ve probably discovered that most of these computers have a user ‘Public Folder’ accessible to you and everyone else. This folder is included with … Read More

Block Specific Web Sites in Safari for iOS with a “Never Allow” List

Feb 10, 2014 - 3 Comments
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The optional iOS Restrictions settings provides a way to limit access to adult themed websites from Safari on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but for some purposes those default restrictions may not go far enough. For those looking to gain additional control over web access, users will find that individual websites can be added … Read More

How to Add a User to the Sudoers File in Mac OS X

Feb 6, 2014 - 1 Comment
User added to the sudoers file in OS X

Advanced users may need to add a user account to the sudoers file, which allows that user to run certain commands with root privileges. To greatly simplify what that means, these newly privileged user accounts will then be able to execute commands without getting permission denied errors or having to prefix a terminal command with … Read More

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 - 3 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.

Store Credit Cards Securely in Safari AutoFill to Shop Fast from iOS & OS X

Jan 8, 2014 - 2 Comments
iCloud Keychain Credit Card storage and autofill

Do you use the Safari browser and shop on the web often from a Mac with OS X or an iOS device? If so, you can greatly speed up your checkouts and online ordering by storing credit cards securely within Safari’s AutoFill Keychain. This makes it possible to instantly autofill card information when ordering on … Read More

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

Jan 6, 2014 - 9 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

Preventing Manual Password Resets on a Mac by Using FileVault Security

Jan 3, 2014 - 3 Comments
Secured Mac

Nearly all Mac users have a login and password required to access the Mac upon boot (and if you don’t, you should!), which provides a reasonable layer of password protection to keep out most prying eyes. Users with more advanced security needs may need to go further to protect their Mac from unauthorized access though, … 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

How to Enable Flash Plugin for Specific Web Sites Only in Safari for Mac OS X

Dec 18, 2013 - 2 Comments
Block or Allow Flash Player selectively per website

Safari 7 now provides finely tuned controls over what websites can use which browser plugins, and there are few better uses for such a feature than selectively limiting the Adobe Flash Player plugin to only be enabled for specifically approved websites. Basically this means you can have the Flash player installed on your Mac, but … Read More

Generate Secure Passwords in Safari with iCloud Keychain for Mac OS X

Dec 17, 2013 - 6 Comments
iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain is a password management feature that arrived to the Mac with OS X Mavericks, and to the mobile Apple world with iOS 7. Basically it stores encrypted passwords securely within iCloud, which can then be accessed securely through your Mac or iOS device, allowing you to never have to enter a password again. … 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

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