Who or what has been accessing your iCloud account?

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Security issues are becoming the norm these days and there seems to be one flaw exposed after another. Has your iCloud account and Apple ID been compromised? Here’s how to find out.

Avast vs Sophos Mac security apps on test

security watch

The recent ransomware attack on Apple Macs has brought security to the forefront of the Mac community and you might be thinking it is time to install Mac security software to keep your computer safe from malicious threats. On test are two free security applications from Avast and Sophos.

Macs under attack from growing malware threat

Apple Mac

Mac users are often told that Macs don’t get viruses and they don’t need antivirus software. That is misleading and unhelpful advice, especially as Macs are once again under threat, this time from ransomware.

Clean your iPhone and iPad with iMyfone Umate

Apple Mac, iPad and iPhone

When you have just 16GB of storage in your iPhone or iPad it is quickly filled. Then what? One option is to free up storage using a utility like iMyfone Umate, which can breathe life into a clogged up iOS device.

How to encrypt external hard drive on your Mac

Disk drive

Data security and privacy are extremely important to prevent its misuse and theft of information. What are your options for protecting your files from access by unauthorised people? Let's take a look at encrypting an external disk on the Mac.

How to manage the Trash on your Mac and get more disk space

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This might seem like a no-brainer and you delete files, they are moved to the Trash. You empty the Trash. What more is there? You might be surprised and there are better ways to manage the Trash.

Create photo collages for sharing using Fotor on the Mac

Foto Photo Editor collage

What photo tools do you use on your Apple Mac? If Fotor Photo Editor is not among them you should grab a copy of this free app and start creating impressive collages to save, print or share on social media.

Fix Hot Corners and access useful functions on your Mac

Hot Corners is a great feature of OS X, but some people have been having problems with it since upgrading to El Capitan. Let’s take a look at it and see how it is configured. It might solve some of those problems.

Improve the battery health of your MacBook

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Stop battery drain, get more life from your MacBook and lake it last much longer with this collection of top tips for improving the health of your laptop battery. It’s essential advice.

LastPass Mac app puts a password manager on your desktop

Password

LastPass is a great password manager and the usual way to access it is by using a web browser extension. However, there is also a desktop app that you can run on your Apple Mac. What’s that for?

Get started with Microsoft OneNote on the Apple Mac

Notebook

Apple’s Notes app is a useful tool for storing notes for personal or work projects, but it locks you in to Apple kit. If you don’t want your notes locked into to Apple hardware, Microsoft OneNote is a good alternative.

Create and use libraries with Photos on the Apple Mac

Photos app in OS X

The Photos app replaced the old iPhoto app a long time ago in OS X, but even though you may be using it quite often, there are still new features to discover. Here we take a look at libraries, the place where your photos are stored.

Monitor the memory and battery in the menu bar on your Mac

On test are two menu bar utilities that provide useful system information. One shows the battery status and health and the other shows memory usage. Both are free and provide useful info.

Use the tools in Preview to edit photos on your Mac

What software do you use when editing photos on your Apple Mac? How about Preview? The latest version of this app has some great features for editing your snapshots.

Use Google two-factor authentication on the Apple Mac

Padlocks - handy for locking things!

I hate security. It drives me nuts. But I turned on two-factor authentication on Google just for the extra security. What happened next on my Apple Mac is an interesting story.

Wunderlist - the best alternative to Reminders on the Mac?

Reminders is a simple but effective app bundled with OS X that is adequate for very simple tasks, but it has its limitations. When you need something more powerful, Wunderlist should be on your shortlist.

Set Safari AutoFill email address preferences in OS X

If you use Safari on the Apple Mac to browse the web, you probably use its ability to automatically fill in name and email fields in forms. Here’s how to choose the email address you want to use.

Use new features in Mission Control in OS X

Mission Control is the handy task switching and desktop switching app in OS X. Have you mastered all of its features? There may be some you never realised were there. The secrets are revealed.

Grammarly on test - intelligently correct writing errors

Grammarly is an app, a browser extension and a website that aims to improve your writing by correcting mistakes and typing slips. What can the Apple Mac app do for your writing?

Create your own system sounds for the Apple Mac

Where are system sounds stored on the Mac? If your knew that you could then edit them, replace them or create new ones. That would be useful and many users want to customise their Mac in various ways. Let's see how to do this and along the way we'll discover the location of the system sounds folder.

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