How much does a VPN slow down the internet? Speed test results

A VPN is great for security and privacy, but does all that encryption slow down the internet? Here are the speed test results

The whole purpose of a VPN (virtual private network), is to provide privacy and security when using the internet, but this is no use if it slows down the net too much. So how much does it slow down?

Where are photos stored on MacBooks? Find photos on Mac

How to find the location of photos on the Apple Mac. Do you need to access the original images? Here's where to find them on the Mac's disk

Do you know where your photos are stored on the Mac? Can you find photos on your MacBook or iMac? How do you back them up? It is not as simple as it seems and there are pitfalls to catch you out.

Send Messages read receipts only to selected contacts on macOS

Choose who you send read receipts to when using the Messages app in macOS on the Apple Mac

The Messages app on the Apple Mac is useful for chatting with work colleagues, friends and others. It can send read receipts to everyone or to only those people you select. Here’s how.

Create an email alias with iCloud Mail and sort mail with rules

Create an email alias and use it as a second mail account. A step by step guide for Apple Mac users using iCloud

If you want to keep your email address private and avoid giving it out to websites and services, create an alias. Here’s how to create an iCloud Mail alias to avoid spam and junk mail.

Monitor your Mac from your phone by streaming the webcam

Monitor your Mac through the webcam and see what is happening in front of the computer. Stream the webcam to your phone

Would you like to know who is using your Mac at home or work? Want to watch your pets at home or see the office at work? You can, just by using the Mac’s built in camera and your phone.

6 Safari extensions that will increase productivity on your Mac

6 ways to increase productivity with Safari extensions on the Mac

We are all faced with increasing workloads and busy social lives, so if you are not managing to get everything done that needs doing, these 6 Safari extensions will increase your productivity.

Disable AirDrop on the Mac for increased security in public

How to increase security by disabling AirDrop on your Mac in public

If you have AirDrop enabled on your MacBook and you are using it in a public place, such as at a Wi-Fi hotspot, you could be at risk from malware and other threats. Turn it off to stay safe.

Annotate maps and email them to friends, contacts on the Apple Mac

How to annotate maps and share them by email using Mac Mail

Sometimes you need to show someone the location of a place, perhaps for a business meeting, a trip or even a holiday. Here’s how to annotate it using markup features and email it on the Apple Mac.

6 best clipboard managers for the Apple Mac to boost productivity

The 6 best clipboard managers for macOS are on test

The clipboard is an incredibly useful feature of macOS, so why is there only one? Here are 6 free clipboard managers for macOS that enable you to store up dozens of items on the clipboard.

Scams and Mac antivirus software - what you need to know

Watch out for online scams and protect your Apple Mac with the best security software

There is no end to the scams on the internet and they can pop up on your Apple Mac at any time. Would antivirus software help? Some apps will, but some apps are poorer than you might expect.

Boost Mac security with a VPN without installing any software

Make your Apple Mac more secure by adding a VPN. Here's how to configure a VPN using features in macOS with no software required. Get a free VPN!

A VPN (virtual private network) is a great way to increase the security when using the internet. Normally you have to install VPN software, but did you know that VPN is built into macOS?

5 ways to browse the web privately using Safari on the Apple Mac

5 ways to browse the web privately using Safari on the Apple Mac. Stop everyone tracking you!

Everything you do and everywhere you go on the internet, someone somewhere is tracking your activities. Here’s how to browse privately and stop the trackers from watching what you do online.

15 ways to increase the security of your Apple Mac

15 ways you can improve the security and privacy of your Apple mac

Is your Mac secure? What are you doing to ensure its security? Here are 15 different ways to improve the Mac’s security and all are are simple and free. Stay safe with these expert tips.

Mac Mail not recognising junk mail? Here’s what you need to do

If spam is getting into your inbox, deal with it using these features in Mail on the Mac

Around 86% of all email is junk mail or spam as it is often called. That is 400 billion spam messages every single day. If it seems like they are all landing in your inbox, here’s what to do.

Take control of notifications on the Mac and banish unwanted ones

How to configure notifications in macOS so you see only important ones

Like iOS on the iPhone and iPad, macOS supports notifications and it has a Notification Centre where it stores all events. However, not all notifications are useful. Here’s how to filter them.

How to access Safari’s hidden PDF features on the Apple Mac

Use Safari to view PDF documents on the Apple Mac and access hidden features like two-page view, dictionary definitions and more

How do you read PDF files on the Mac? Do you use the Preview app? It is the obvious choice, but there is an alternative that in some ways better. Use Safari’s secret PDF viewing features!

Reduce Chrome memory usage on the Mac to speed up the browser

Chrome is a great web browser, but it can be a real memory hog if it is not configured correctly. This can slow down the browser and slow down the Apple Mac. Here’s how to speed it both the browser and Mac.

How and where to get your Mac repaired when a fault occurs

How to get your Apple Mac repaired using the support features in macOS to find the nearest repair centre

If your Apple Mac develops a fault, what can you do and where do you go to get help? Surprisingly, the answer is on your Mac and everything you need is built in. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

How to create Smart Folders in macOS to find and access files

Create smart folders in macOS on the Apple Mac and use them to find files matching search criteria from filenames to file sizes

Smart folders is a feature of Finder on the Apple Mac, but what exactly are they and how do you use them? They are easier to use than you might think and they can be very useful. Here’s how they work.

Stop your MacBook Pro battery draining so fast with macOS Sierra

Top tips to stop the MacBook Pro battery draining so fast

There have been several reports of Apple’s new MacBook Pro battery draining fast, mainly with the model with the Touch Bar. Here are the best tips to reduce battery drain on any MacBook.

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