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How to Secure Erase Free Space on Mac Drives with OS X El Capitan

Apr 28, 2016 - 15 Comments
Erase free space on a Mac drive from the command line

Many Mac users running a modern version of OS X El Capitan have noticed the Secure Erase Free Space feature has gone missing from Disk Utility. What the “Erase Free Space” feature did (and still does in prior versions of Mac OS X) was overwrite the free space on a drive to prevent file recovery, … Read More

Use the Free VPN in Opera Browser for Improved Privacy & to Access Regional Content

Apr 23, 2016 - 29 Comments

Opera, the alternative web browser, now includes a free VPN service, which is built directly into the web browser itself. The free VPN allows you to hide your IP address, access region restricted content or blocked content by bypassing a firewall or regional restraints, hide browsing activity from other users on the same local network, … Read More

The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam, Should You?

Apr 18, 2016 - 90 Comments

If you have ever been to an IT event or security conference you have undoubtedly seen many laptops with tape covering over their built-in cameras. The practice is becoming so common within some groups of people that you’ll occasionally even see the taped webcams in coffee shops and the workplace too. Interestingly enough, it’s not … Read More

How to Show Full Email Headers in Mail for Mac OS X

Apr 6, 2016 - 8 Comments
Mail app icon

Some users may wish to see the complete email header attached to email messages in the Mail app for Mac OS X. These long headers can reveal many details about the sender of an email message, including the origin mail servers and IP addresses, original arrival time, email alias details, and much more, making them … Read More

How to Password Lock Notes on iPhone & iPad

Apr 5, 2016 - 13 Comments
Use Touch ID or enter a password to view the note

The latest versions of the Notes app for iOS allow users to password protect particular notes within the app, making it an excellent place to store personal information and private snippets that you’d like to keep away from prying eyes. In addition to password protection, Notes in iOS also allows users to lock and unlock … Read More

How to Password Protect Notes on Mac OS X

Mar 24, 2016 - 11 Comments

The Notes app is an excellent place to store clips of useful information, and now that you can password protect notes within the Mac app, you can securely keep more personal information within the Notes app of Mac OS X as well. This is a great feature available to new versions of the Notes app, … Read More

How to Show & Verify Code Signatures for Apps in Mac OS X

Mar 14, 2016 - 3 Comments
Check and verify code signing of apps in Mac OS X

Code signed applications allow security conscious users to verify the creator and hash of a particular app to help confirm it has not been corrupted or tampered with. This is rarely necessary for average Mac users, particularly those who obtain their software from the Mac App Store or other trusted sources since the apps are … Read More

iPhone is Disabled? How to Fix With or Without Connecting to iTunes

Feb 26, 2016 - 76 Comments
iPhone is disabled error message and how to fix it

Have you ever picked up your iPhone to discover the message “iPhone is disabled” and to “try again in 1 minute” or to try again 5, 15, 60 minutes? In the worst scenarios, the message says “iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes”, and the device is unusable until then. So, what is going on here, … Read More

Don’t Try This At Home: Destroy an iPhone by Changing the Date

Feb 11, 2016 - 65 Comments
Destroying an iPhone with a bad date bug

Every once in a while an awful bug is discovered that can crash an iPhone, render it nearly useless, or rarely, worse. The worst scenario applies here, because it turns out you can completely destroy an iPhone and make it inoperable by simply changing the devices date to a specific time and date far in … Read More

The iTunes Lockdown Folder Location & How to Reset iOS Lockdown Certificates in Mac OS X & Windows

Jan 21, 2016 - 9 Comments
The iOS Lockdown folders in Mac OS X and Windows

A hidden Lockdown folder is created by iTunes which stores certificate UDID data for iOS devices that are synced to a specific computer. These lockdown certificates are required to be able to successfully sync an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a computer, but in some specific occasions, a user may need to manually access … Read More

How to Delete Recent Safari Search & Web Browsing History in iOS

Nov 29, 2015 - 19 Comments
Delete recent Safari activity in iOS

Safari for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch allows users to clear all caches, website data, and history together in one fell swoop, but sometimes you may want to be more discerning than that. The latest versions of Safari for iPhone and iPad allow users to delete Safari website data, searches, cookies, cache, and Safari activity … Read More

How to View & Watch the Firewall Log in Mac OS X

Nov 24, 2015 - 6 Comments
View the application firewall log in Mac OS X with Console app

Users who have enabled the firewall in Mac OS X may find it useful to be view, read, and monitor the associated logs with the system firewall. As you’d expect, the app firewall logs show you what applications and processes have attempted to connect to the Mac, including accepted and refused connections. There are several … Read More

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