As snug--and smug--as OS X’s security may make us feel, your data’s safety is up to you. Smart practices and strong passwords help, but thanks to ubiquitous USB flash drives, cloud file storage, and ever-shrinking MacBooks, it’s easier than ever to share sensitive documents or misplace the drives and computers where they’re kept. That means more opportunities for bad guys to snoop through your important stuff. Knox is a utility that gives you an extra layer of protection from prying eyes by encrypting specific files, folders, or external drives on your Mac. While it’s suited for users who need easy encryption on a daily basis, Knox deserves a look from anyone seeking more flexibility in their daily security regimen.
In an ideal world, our Macs would be impeccably organized, not stuffed
with old versions of Word docs and umpteen copies of the Beastie Boys’
“Hey Ladies.” Hyperbolic’s Tidy Up offers powerful tools for
identifying (and dispatching) duplicate files, helping us get closer to
that ideal Mac by sorting and disposing of unneeded bytes.
Queen’s ubiquitous “We Will Rock You” is a tune that will always rock
the sixth-inning rally, but when it’s on repeat for 25 minutes because
of duplicate copies in your iTunes library, it’s time to do some spring
cleaning. iTunes Dupes Barrier helps you quickly seek out and destroy
duplicate tracks, and it’s a bit more flexible than iTunes’ built-in
iTunes 9’s Home Sharing lets you drag-and-drop content between up to
five computers on your home network after you tie each to your iTunes
Store account. SuperSync obliterates Home Sharing’s limitations,
letting you sync and share music and videos between as many machines as
you like, either over the local network or the wide-open Internet.
As any Web maven knows, content is king. But it’s not always in the fancy graphics, photos, or video. Most of the work we do on our Macs calls for manipulating text, that is, typing words. We present eight text-savvy Mac apps that make your time at the keyboard more productive--enjoyable even.