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How to Devise Passwords That Drive Hackers Away

How to Devise Passwords That Drive Hackers Away | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
It’s a good idea to be a little paranoid about password theft, and there are several ways to strengthen your defenses.

A PASSWORD MANAGER? MAYBE

  Password-protection software lets you store all your usernames and passwords in one place. Some programs will even create strong passwords for you and automatically log you in to sites as long as you provide one master password. LastPass, SplashData and AgileBits offer password management software for Windows, Macs and mobile devices. But consider yourself warned: Mr. Kocher said he did not use the software because even with encryption, it still lived on the computer itself. “If someone steals my computer, I’ve lost my passwords.” Mr. Grossman said he did not trust the software because he didn’t write it. Indeed, at a security conference in Amsterdam earlier this year, hackers demonstrated how easily the cryptography used by many popular mobile password managers could be cracked.

IGNORE SECURITY QUESTIONS

  There is a limited set of answers to questions like “What is your favorite color?” and most answers to questions like “What middle school did you attend?” can be found on the Internet. Hackers use that information to reset your password and take control of your account. Earlier this year, a hacker claimed he was able to crack into Mitt Romney’s Hotmail and Dropbox accounts using the name of his favorite pet. A better approach would be to enter a password hint that has nothing to do with the question itself. For example, if the security question asks for the name of the hospital in which you were born, your answer might be: “Your favorite song lyric.”

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If you can't back up or restore your Mac using Time Machine - Apple Support

If you can't back up or restore your Mac using Time Machine - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Check these things if you see an alert that Time Machine is unable to back up your data, or if you can't select your backup disk in Time Machine preferences.
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How to overcome Safari hijacked by a JavaScript warning

How to overcome Safari hijacked by a JavaScript warning | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Whether it is from clicking on spam or otherwise being caught in a malicious trap, every now and then such oversights when browsing the Web can have you inadvertently load phishing or spam pages th...
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Fix Many Common Safari Issues in Mac OS X with a Simple Reset

Fix Many Common Safari Issues in Mac OS X with a Simple Reset | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Fix Many Common Safari Issues in Mac OS X with a Simple Reset
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New MacBooks drop Boot Camp support for Windows 7 - SlashGear

New MacBooks drop Boot Camp support for Windows 7 - SlashGear | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
For several years now, Apple computer users who have still needed to run the Windows operating system have been able to rely Boot Camp, a tool in OS X that
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Three approaches for quickly accessing shared folders in OS X

Three approaches for quickly accessing shared folders in OS X | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Do you access shared folders often on your Mac? While the use of AirDrop, Messages, e-Mail, and online drive options are great for personal and workgroup sharing, often in corporate environments yo...
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Hard Drive Recovery Services Review 2015 | TopTenREVIEWS

Hard Drive Recovery Services Review 2015 | TopTenREVIEWS | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Which hard drive recovery service is right for you? Take a few seconds and easily compare several top services with a side-by-side feature comparison chart and see how each stacks up.
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How to silence your Mac’s startup sound

How to silence your Mac’s startup sound | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
When you press the power button to start up your Mac, you will be met with a boot chime that lets you know your system is healthy and ready to load OS X. However, this sound can be a bit intrusive,...
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New MacBooks say Goodbye to MagSafe

New MacBooks say Goodbye to MagSafe | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
As part of today’s new product announcements, one of Apple’s highlights was its entry-level MacBook systems that tout several new features, including Force-Touch trackpads, new Intel processors, an...

Hopefully Apple will come out with an adaptation of Type-C that will blend in a MagSafe-like quick-disconnect option, but until then, those who adopt Apple’s new systems will need to contend with this drawback, and ensure their systems are otherwise secured from an inadvertent yank when plugged in.

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How Apple's embrace of the new USB points to world without wires | CNET

How Apple's embrace of the new USB points to world without wires | CNET | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
The slim laptop has just a single USB port, the new tiny Type-C variety that's slowly popping up in devices this year. It's a multipurpose port that connects to external devices like hard drives, runs video to TVs and external monitors, and supplies the laptop with power when it's charging time.
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How to move from Android to iPhone without losing everything (including your mind)

How to move from Android to iPhone without losing everything (including your mind) | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
We explain how to transfer contacts from Android phone to iPhone. How to transfer apps from Android to iPhone. How to transfer photos from Android to iPhone. And, yes, how to transfer music from Android to iPhone. Basically, how to move from Android to iPhone, okay?
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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson

'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP MY PANTS wails roasted Johnson | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Fella's hot Valentine's Day action ends in clothes ripped off, 3rd-degree burns
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Using Apple Hardware Test - Apple Support

Using Apple Hardware Test - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Apple Hardware Test (AHT) contains a suite of diagnostics that will test the hardware of your computer. It's a great way to rule out a hardware issue when troubleshooting your computer.
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Force-quit processes to fix a hot Mac with blaring fans

Force-quit processes to fix a hot Mac with blaring fans | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Your MacBook has limited battery life, so what do you do when your system's fans suddenly crank on at full tilt, and you notice that your system is getting hotter and hotter to the touch? Generally...
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OS X: When your computer spontaneously restarts or displays "Your computer restarted because of a problem." - Apple Support

OS X: When your computer spontaneously restarts or displays "Your computer restarted because of a problem." - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
In rare situations, your Mac may do one or more of the following: spontaneously restart, become unresponsive, turn off, display a message
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Unable to boot to a secondary hard drive? This may help

Unable to boot to a secondary hard drive? This may help | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
One long-standing and useful feature in OS X is its ability to boot from practically any mountable partition, including external drives. This allows for quick ways to test an installation, isolate ...
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What makes a volume bootable? | Carbon Copy Cloner | Bombich Software

Bootability comes down to a few simple rules:

  1. The hard drive enclosure must support booting a Macintosh (applies to external hard drives only).
  2. The computer must support booting from the interface used to attach the hard drive (e.g. USB, Firewire, Thunderbolt).
  3. The computer must support booting from the hard drive's partition format (e.g. GPT vs MBR).
  4. The cloned filesystem must have all the required components of OS X.
  5. The cloned operating system must be properly "blessed".
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If your iPhone, iPad, user iPod touch is lost or stolen - Apple Support

If your iPhone, iPad, user iPod touch is lost or stolen - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.
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6 things to know about the USB-C port in the new MacBook

6 things to know about the USB-C port in the new MacBook | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
The new USB 3.1 port in the 12-inch MacBook is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.
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Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter Preview - CNET

Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter Preview - CNET | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

Everything you need to know about the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, including impressions and analysis, photos, video, release date, prices, specs, and predictions from CNET.

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How-To: Fix Crashing Apps on Your iPhone and iPad

How-To: Fix Crashing Apps on Your iPhone and iPad | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
How-To: Fix Crashing Apps on Your iPhone and iPad

Solution One: The Soft Restart
Solution Two: The Hard Restart

Solution Three: Delete the App and Reinstall From Your Mac

Solution Four: Install From your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch

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What programs are forcing the use of your MacBook's high-power GPU?

What programs are forcing the use of your MacBook's high-power GPU? | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Apple's high-end MacBook Pro systems have two Graphics processors: an "onboard" one that uses less energy, and a "dedicated" one that is optimized for advanced graphics processing. In normal cases,...
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How to run and interpret Apple's Hardware Tests on your Mac

How to run and interpret Apple's Hardware Tests on your Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
In order for OS X or any software to run properly, your Mac's hardware must first be in running order. While symptoms of crashes, graphical artifacts, or other corruption can be indicators of hardw...
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How to check what kind of Mac you have

How to check what kind of Mac you have | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
When Mac systems are discussed online, you will often see them mentioned by their common name, such as “Late 2012,” “Mid 2013,” or “Early 2013,” etc. These names suggest a model number, and sometim...
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