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    Extreme Security With TrueCryptTruecryptpreview
    In this tutorial I'll show you how to use TrueCrypt to store files on your Mac as securely and secretly as possible. I’ll also show you how to use nested TrueCrypt volumes to keep your secrets safe–even if you are subjected to extortion or torture.Read More…
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    Understanding Password SecurityPassword icon
    You'll be familiar with being told to use capitals, numbers and special characters in our long and complicated passwords but if you don't understand why, you're still going to end up with easy to crack security. Read More…
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    The System Preferences You Should Be UsingSp icon preview
    A good look at the system preferences panes you probably aren't using, but should be. Especially if you value your privacy or security.Read More…
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    How to Set Up and Use Password Protected Vaults on a MacPassworddisk2x
    Everyone has some files that they don't want other people to see. They may be important business documents, tax returns, health information or anything else someone would want kept secret. While it's all well and good to have a password on your Mac, if someone gets past that password (and there are ways), or comes across your Mac while it is logged in, they have access to all your files. For that reason, it is worth having a second line of defence; by having your most important files locked away securely except when they are actively in use, you can keep them as safe as possible. In this tutorial I will show you three methods for doing so; making your own solution with Apple's Disc Utility, using the open source TrueCrypt and using AgileBits' Knox.Read More…
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    How to Perform a Password Security AuditPassaudit400
    With password breaches, like Adobe's recent loss of up to 130 million passwords, becoming all too common, now is a very good time to conduct an audit of your password security. In this tutorial I'll show you how to use 1Password or LastPass to analyse how secure your passwords, and where necessary, create new, secure ones.Read More…
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    Encrypting Email With GPGToolsGpg tools encrypting email retina
    Email security, asymmetric encryption, keys…all confusing and complicated subjects to the uninitiated. However, there are some tools that help make the job of keeping your email secure much easier, especially on a Mac. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can keep your email secure from prying eyes by using GPGTools to create your own keys and encrypt your email.Read More…
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    How and Why You Should Customise Your Mac's Login ScreenApple400
    If your choice of Mac is one of the MacBooks Air, or Pro, then it is likely that you enjoy using your Mac for its portability … even if that portability is just so that you can work around your home or office. The disadvantage of that portability is that it opens up the chance of loss, when you are out and about. Combined with the desirability and high resale values, your Mac is also a prime target for thieves. In this tutorial I will show you how to create a customised message, on the login screen, that may help reunite you with a lost or stolen Mac.Read More…
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    The Complete Guide to Find My MacFmm icon 2x
    Find My Mac brings the iCloud function of Find My iPhone to Mac OS X, providing a way of locating and performing a number of remote actions on a Mac. It's an essential feature for anyone using a portable Mac on a regular basis, especially those working with confidential data or who have a penchant for forgetfulness. In this tutorial, I'll explain and show you everything there is to know about Find My Mac, from locating it to remotely wiping all of the data it contains. Read More…
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    The Complete Guide to iCloud KeychainKeychain
    1Password has always been a great way to manage your digital keys. Now Apple has joined in with password synchronization across devices; one of the headline features of Mavericks is iCloud Keychain. Now, if you ask Safari to remember your password for a website, it will also be autofilled on your iOS devices, and other Macs you use. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to set up iCloud Keychain and use it to help you remember everyday passwords.Read More…
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    Security
    Turn a Mac into a Video Surveillance SystemCctv icon 2x
    Whether you want to keep an eye on the kids or keep watch over your property, there are many different types of security cameras and other CCTV equipment available to buy. These range from network-connected security cameras that you can place anywhere in your home, providing simple recording and streaming functionality, to dedicated CCTV systems that provide 24/7 recording and streaming from one or more cameras. Unfortunately, these setups can often be expensive and fairly difficult to configure and use. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to build a budget video surveillance system to protect your home using an old Mac and some ultra-cheap USB webcams. Once finished, it will offers features such as motion detection, time lapse, web streaming and more.Read More…
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    How to Securely Format Your SSDSsdpreview400
    Ever since Apple started implementing solid state drives (SSDs) in its line of notebook computers, the process for formatting the drive has evolved from the method previously used for a SATA magnetic disk drive. The tried-and-true method of writing 35-plus series of zeros over the entire disk for maximum data obscurity is no longer a recommendable option because filling an SSD that many times can negatively impact the life expectancy and efficiency of the drive. In this tutorial, I'll be explaining what you should you do if you find yourself needing to permanently destroy files on an SSD.Read More…
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    How to Keep Your Mac Safe From MalwareGatekeeper400
    Malicious Software, or malware for short is something many Mac users don't experience on a regular basis. Apple has always sought to advertise Macs as machines which are extremely hard to penetrate. While it is true that Apple computers are preloaded with many different forms of protection, they are still far from invincible. Let's take a look at how Macs deal with threats as well as ways you can get rid of malware before serious damage occurs.Read More…
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