They say good fences make good neighbors, and what goes for backyards may be even truer online. For most of us, using a Mac means that we don’t have to worry about intrusive computer viruses. But the internet is a big place, full of all sorts of evils looking for vulnerable computers, and a firewall can help keep your Mac secure. Here’s the lowdown on what a firewall is, how it works, and how to set up the one that’s already on your computer (trust us, it’s way easier than you think). We’ve also looked at some third-party firewall applications that offer features, flexibility, and protection that OS X alone can’t match. With the right software in place, you’ll be browsing, sharing, and surfing more safely in no time.
Your passwords are your essential to living online and you take their security seriously. But there are so many of them and it's hard to keep track of killer, hard-to-crack passwords. After all, no "password123" for you. With hundreds of password keepers in the App Store, we took a look at the top-rated kings of the encryption to see what we could see. Four stars or higher from 80 or more ratings on universal apps need only apply.
As important as it is to back up your data, software is only half the story when it comes to digital disasters. Hardware can go bad, or even get stolen, and there’s no way to keep a backup of a shiny new MacBook Pro. Or is there?
Mac OS X may have a sterling reputation for being virus-free, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other ways for malicious types to invade your personal space. According to one security blog, one such vulnerability has turned up in the new OS X Lion which allows hackers to change your account passwords.
Kids of all ages love using Macs -- and that means risking them seeing, doing, and deleting things they shouldn’t. This comprehensive guide shows you how to keep your beloved hardware safe -- oh, and your kids too!
It’s a sadly familiar tale: An Apple engineer walks into a bar and leaves his iPhone prototype behind, where it’s scooped up by persons unknown. That sounds familiar to anyone who survived last year’s lost iPhone 4 scandal, but history has repeated itself this year in the very same way.
Time Machine is great for everyday backups and simple file restores, but it only gives you the ability to restore your system after reinstalling OS X. But what if disaster hits, and you don't have this kind of luxury? A full clone of your Mac’s hard drive can really help get you back up and running in a matter of minutes. Read on to find out how to make a bootable clone of your Mac's main hard drive and come back from a data disaster.
I just got a new iMac; however, I’m afraid that my boyfriend who works as a Genius at an Apple Store will be able to “hack it” and go through my files in my account. How can I protect myself from my boyfriend who is a Mac expert? Help me!