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Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious—that can reveal everything about you.

 

This summer, hackers destroyed my entire digital life in the span of an hour. My Apple, Twitter, and Gmail passwords were all robust—seven, 10, and 19 characters, respectively, all alphanumeric, some with symbols thrown in as well—but the three accounts were linked, so once the hackers had conned their way into one, they had them all. They really just wanted my Twitter handle: @mat. As a three-letter username, it’s considered prestigious. And to delay me from getting it back, they used my Apple account to wipe every one of my devices, my iPhone and iPad and MacBook, deleting all my messages and documents and every picture I’d ever taken of my 18-month-old daughter.

  The age of the password is over. We just haven’t realized it yet.

Since that awful day, I’ve devoted myself to researching the world of online security. And what I have found is utterly terrifying. Our digital lives are simply too easy to crack. Imagine that I want to get into your email. Let’s say you’re on AOL. All I need to do is go to the website and supply your name plus maybe the city you were born in, info that’s easy to find in the age of Google. With that, AOL gives me a password reset, and I can log in as you.

  First thing I do? Search for the word “bank” to figure out where you do your online banking. I go there and click on the Forgot Password? link. I get the password reset and log in to your account, which I control. Now I own your checking account as well as your email.

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How to reinstall OS X if your Mac fails

How to reinstall OS X if your Mac fails | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
You can use OS X Recovery to reinstall OS X on any Mac computer (running OS X Lion or later). This feature explains how to install OS X on any Mac by installing the Mac operating system from over the internet.
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If your Mac is lost or stolen - Apple Support

If your Mac is lost or stolen - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
If you lose your Mac or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.
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3 easy ways to share a Mac's screen, great for long-distance tech support

3 easy ways to share a Mac's screen, great for long-distance tech support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
To begin, download and install the full version of TeamViewer on your own Mac first, then instruct your family member to do the same for the TeamViewer QuickSupport version, a stripped-down edition optimized for instant support and minimum fuss. Have them make note of the unique ID and password, then enter those credentials under the “Control Remote Computer” section of your own installation, making sure the Remote Control option is selected.
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Authorize your computer in iTunes - Apple Support

Authorize your computer in iTunes - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Authorize your computer before you use it to sync or play content that you download from the iTunes Store.
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How To Create ISO Disc Image from CD/DVD in Mac OS X

How To Create ISO Disc Image from CD/DVD in Mac OS X | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Most Mac users are not aware of taking image of a DVD/CD. In the Disk Utility there is a option to create image file, but even though it creates .cdr format
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Technical Note TN2063: Understanding and Debugging Kernel Panics

Technical Note TN2063: Understanding and Debugging Kernel Panics | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
TN2063: Addresses kernel panics: what they are and how to debug the code that caused the panic.
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Apple releases OS X 10.10.3, Photos for Mac, iOS 8.3 | MacNN

Apple releases OS X 10.10.3, Photos for Mac, iOS 8.3 | MacNN | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
The bugfixes in 10.10.3 largely deal with Wi-Fi performance (particularly for public Wi-Fi hotspots, also known as "captive networks"), Bluetooth device connections, screen sharing, and compatibility with the new Force Touch-equipped devices such as the current 13-inch MacBook Pro and the forthcoming 12-inch Retina MacBook. Safari has been beefed up with better security and stability, including privacy enhancements to Private Browsing mode.
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A few mindful notes before installing Apple's 10.10.3 update

A few mindful notes before installing Apple's 10.10.3 update | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Apple has released its 10.10.3 update today, which can be installed on any Mac running Yosemite and which brings a number of security and stability fixes. However, in addition, Apple has made the c...
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Use an external SSD to make an old Mac feel new (without cracking it open)

Use an external SSD to make an old Mac feel new (without cracking it open) | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
When internal surgery of a Mac isn't in the cards, an external SSD can rejuvenate a slow machine.
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Power tips for managing files in Apple’s Finder

Power tips for managing files in Apple’s Finder | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
You're already doing most of your file management in the Finder--now add some hotkeys and modifiers to make it even easier.
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Startup key combinations for Mac - Apple Support

Startup key combinations for Mac - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Some Mac features are available by holding down certain keys during startup. 
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Mac 911: Good backup habits making migrating to a new Mac easier

Mac 911: Good backup habits making migrating to a new Mac easier | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
When setting up a new Mac with the contents of an old one, you have several strategies to consider.
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Can't open files in Windows shared folders? This may help

Can't open files in Windows shared folders? This may help | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
If you have Windows systems on your local network, and have them configured to share files with Windows file sharing, then they should appear in your Mac’s Finder sidebar where you can connect and ...
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OS X: Changing or resetting an account password - Apple Support

OS X: Changing or resetting an account password - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Learn how to change or reset an account password in OS X. You might need to do this when someone has lost or forgotten his or her account password.
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Time Machine - Frequently Asked Questions 2. What can Time Machine back up, and where can it put it’s backups?

Time Machine can back up FROM
Any internal or directly-connected (USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, eSATA) drive/partition formatted with any variation of Mac OSX Extended (HFS+).
In most cases, by default it will:
•Include all internal HFS+ disks/partitions (including externals connected via eSATA)
•Exclude all external disks/partitions, including the one it's backing-up to (but not those connected via eSATA)
You can easily modify the handling of individual HFS+ volumes. See question #10.
It can easily back up multiple Macs. See question #4 for details.
It can easily back up multiple drives/partitions on a single Mac. See question #32 for details.
It will back-up your entire system (OSX, configuration, applications, user data, settings, preferences, etc. (less most system work files, caches, logs, trash, etc.), unless you specifically exclude things (see question #10 and/or question #11).
It cannot back up a Boot Camp or other Windows-formatted volume. The WinClone app may work for that, or check the Apple Discussions Boot Camp forum.
It cannot back up a USB thumb drive.
It cannot back up any network drive, including a Time Capsule, a USB drive connected to a Time Capsule or Airport Extreme, or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. The CarbonCopyCloner ($40 U.S. with 30-day free trial) or ChronoSync apps (about $40 U.S.) may be alternatives.

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Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) - Apple Support

Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Learn about the power, data transfer, and video capabilities of the USB-C port and USB-C adapters for your MacBook.
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iCloud: Mail server settings for email clients - Apple Support

iCloud: Mail server settings for email clients - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Use these mail server settings if you need to manually set up your email app (client) to use an iCloud email account. 
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How to transfer music from iPod to iTunes | TouchCopy 12

Learn how to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes, as well as how to copy iPhone music to computer and backup your iPod to Mac or PC.
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Tackle your Mac booting to a gray screen

Tackle your Mac booting to a gray screen | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Given the efficiency and convenience of sleep mode on Mac systems, it is often a rarity that we end up restarting our Macs. When we do, we expect it to boot to normal operation; however, sometimes ...
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Pointers: Safe downloading on Macs | MacNN

Pointers: Safe downloading on Macs | MacNN | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

Download something from the web and when you try to open it, your Mac will at the very best say that this is from the web, are you really sure? Nicely, the warning dialog also tells you when the item was downloaded and offers to take you to the website. It's very good, very sensible, and very well thought-out, but nobody in the world has ever got that far with downloading an app and then hit the button to stop it, unless it was an automatic download they didn't specifically ask for.

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Fix OS X 10.10.3 failing to install

Fix OS X 10.10.3 failing to install | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
A few people who have attempted to install the latest OS X 10.10.3 update have found an issue where the update will take a while to install, and then restart only to stall at boot, followed by load...
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USB 3.1 Cables - Type C - Monoprice.com

USB 3.1 Cables - Type C - Monoprice.com | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
USB 3.1 Cables - Type C Monoprice, Inc. (DBA. MonoPrice.com) specializes in the wholesale distribution of world class cable assemblies for home theater, PC, and high technology industries. MonoPrice.com offers a wide range of products from standard PC products, network cables, and HDMI cables to custom cable assemblies and wiring harnesses.,USB & Firewire,USB 3.1 Cables - Type C
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Mac keyboard shortcuts - Apple Support

Mac keyboard shortcuts - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
By pressing a combination of keys, you can do things that normally need a mouse, trackpad, or other input device.
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How to overcome a massive memory leak in OS X

How to overcome a massive memory leak in OS X | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
When programs perform tasks on OS X and other platforms, chunks of memory are allocated for their needs, but these should be relinquished when the task is done. If not, then a memory leak may occur...
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Mac 911: A wild Wi-Fi ride to hunt a pesky set of problems

Mac 911: A wild Wi-Fi ride to hunt a pesky set of problems | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Yosemite users are still reporting Wi-Fi problems, but Yosemite might not be the issue. We examine several things you should check before throwing your hands up and blaming Apple.
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