Security and privacy

Why you need to create a new user account on your Mac today!

Create multiple user accounts on the Apple Mac for extra security and for backup purposes in case there is a problem.

How many user accounts do you have on your Apple Mac? Just one? This is risky and there are potential pitfalls to beware of when there is just one user. Here’s how many you should have.

Can you trust Apple iCloud to keep your data safe or is it at risk?

Millions of people store their most precious files in Apple iCloud, but are they safe and secure? How much can you trust Apple?

Is Apple iCloud safe enough to backup all my photos and music or should I rely on other services? Sean Westbrook delves into this hot topic and offers advice for those trusting Apple.

How to hide files and folders from Finder on the Apple Mac

Hide files and folders on your Apple Mac that you do not want others to see. Make then private so only you can see them and access them.

Security is a constant worry and we often hear about this or that that was hacked, files stolen and private files made public. Stop worrying and hide files and folders to make them more private.

Stop hackers, enable LastPass two factor authentication

Add two factor authentication to the LastPass password manager to increase the security and prevent unauthorised access by hackers and thieves.

Online security is a constant worry, but adding two factor authentication to your LastPass password manager increases security and keeps out hackers. Use this step by step setup guide.

Take control of your passwords and login details with KeePassXC

An online password manager is at risk of being hacked. Take control of your site logins by storing them in and encrypted database using KeePassXC on the Mac

A password manager is an essential tool because it is impossible to remember all your login details. Instead of online or paid tools, KeePassXC is free and offers security benefits.

Choose between speed or reliability with UDP vs TCP internet connections

Can you speed up the internet or make it more reliable? Yes. Just choose between UDP and TCP. Here's how to do it using a VPN, which also increases internet security and privacy

Do you want to run your internet connection at maximum speed, or a bit more slowly, but more reliably? With a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your computer, you have the choice. Which is best?

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?

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.

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.

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.

Store passwords in a secure vault with Avast Passwords for Mac

Don't lose control of your passwords, store them securely in a password manager

It seems that everything on the internet requires a password these days and it is hard to keep track of them. Avast Passwords is a free (for now) Mac tool that can do the job for you.

How to encrypt files from the command line on the Apple Mac using OpenSSL

Encrypt private files you don't want anyone to see using OpenSSL on the Apple Mac

Do you have files on your Mac’s disk that you want to keep private? Encrypt them! Use the openssl command line tool in Terminal to make sure no-one can access them. They’re safe for emailing too.

How to securely delete files on a Mac so they can’t be recovered

Secure your files on the Apple Mac and prevent anyone from accessing them or recovering them when they are deleted

When files are deleted they are not removed from the disk and they remain there. If someone had access to your Mac they could recover them. Here’s how to stop them

A much improved Dr Safety scans your Apple Mac for malware

Mac malware - is your Apple Mac infected with malware?

When I first looked at Dr. Safety, a security app from Trend Micro, it had some irritations and was disappointing. However, it has been  improved and it now much better. It is worth another look.

Avira free VPN service for Mac secures your internet connection

Keep your internet activity private when in public by securing your connection with a VPN

Your internet connection needs to be secure for many online activities, but sometimes it is not, such as when using public Wi-Fi hotspots. Avira Phantom VPN connection makes sure no-one can spy on you.

Fix missing macOS Gatekeeper function from the command line

How to enable or disable Gatekeeper from the command line in macOS Sierra to enable the missing Anywhere option | rawinfopages.com

Apple has tweaked many settings and functions in macOS Sierra and there is one puzzling change in Gatekeeper. A useful function has mysteriously disappeared, but fortunately you can bring it back.

Know your options when deleting user accounts on the Mac

Remove user accounts that are no longer required on the Apple Mac - rawinfopages.com

Additional user accounts can be created when other people want to use your Mac and when they no longer need their account, it can be deleted. What are your options when deleting users? There are several choices.

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