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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

Use this trick to speed up your old Mac and get it running like new

How to speed up the Apple Mac's disk drive - for old style mechanical disks

Operating system upgrades are interesting and macOS has some nice features, but there is a downside to them. You Mac runs slower and slower. However, you can use this trick to speed it up again.

How to download Windows for free and run it on your Apple Mac

Download Windows for free and run it on your Apple Mac

No matter how hard Mac users try to give up Windows, it still draws us back. If you need to use Windows on your Mac it will cost a lot of money for a license. Or you can download a copy for free!

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.

How to find and delete duplicate files on the Mac’s disk

Find duplicate files on the disk and then erase them to reclaim the space

Duplicate files are a waste of space. They use megabytes or even gigabytes of disk space and serve no purpose, so why not hunt them down and delete them? It will free up space for other things.

Hard Drive to SSD Cloning: Disk Utility or Clone Software

Clone the hard disk drive in your Apple Mac to a new SSD for extra performance | rawinfopages.com

Douglas Gordon highlights the methods to clone Mac hard drive to SSD -  Disk Utility and third-party Drive Clone software. He also provides an opinion in which disk cloning strategy is better of the two.

How to uninstall Mac software properly and remove all traces

How to uninstall software properly on the Apple Mac and remove all traces leaving nothing behind - rawinfopages.com

The standard advice to someone wanting to uninstall an app on the Apple Mac is to drag it to the Trash and the job’s done. I will show six different cases where that is bad advice.

Fix your Apple Mac's disk with a secret power tool

Fix disk errors on the Apple Mac and get your computer working again | rawinfopages.com

The disk in an Apple Mac is probably the one component that is most likely to fail. Perhaps that is because it is neither designed nor built by Apple. There is a geeky secret tool that can be used to repair faults and here's how to use it.

How to access files on Android devices from your Mac

Apple MacBook and Samsung Galaxy S6 Android phone

Not every Apple Mac user has an iPhone or iPad and some people have an Android phone or tablet. How can you browse the folders and files on an Android device and copy them to your Mac’s disk?

XnConvert is the best image converter for the Mac by far

Batch convert and process images on the Apple Mac

When you need to convert images from one format to another, what’s your favourite software? XnConvert for the Apple Mac is one of the most powerful you’ll find. What’s more, it’s free!

Check files on your Mac for malware with VirusTotal

Malware on the Mac is rare, but it exists and it can infect your computer. Take care!

Viruses, Trojans, spyware and other types of malware are to be found on the internet, but the internet also provides means to protect your Mac. Use VirusTotal to stay safe.

Get a handy 3D Weather widget for your Apple Mac desktop

Get a weather forecast for your desktop computer and don't be caught out in a shower

OS X, soon to be called macOS, has some weather forecasting ability, but it is very limited. The Today widget provides some information, but 3D Weather Free is far superior and a great app.

Call up a handy keyboard assistant on the Apple Mac

Typing on the Apple MacBook, one of the thinnest computers

Where is the hash (#) key on the Apple Mac? Do you know how to type as tilde (~)? What can you do when there isn’t a key for the symbol you want? Get keyboard assistance.

How to set Mac backgrounds for the login screen

Brighten up the desktop on the Apple Mac with a new background image

Setting the Mac desktop background is easy enough, but how do you set the Mac wallpaper for the login screen? There is no obvious way to do this, but with the right tool it can be done quite easily.

Three ways to fix disk errors and repair permissions in OS X

Everything computers do is ultimately binary - a series of 0s and 1s - www.rawinfpages.com

Don’t let small disk problems grow into big ones on the Apple Mac. Fix them before they become serious and begin to affect performance and reliability. Here are three methods you can use.

Clean up your Mac and boost the speed with Dr Cleaner Elite

Clean up, sweep up, scrub and polish to make like new

We all want a faster computer, especially when it it old and not quite the latest specification, but what can you do? Dr. Cleaner Elite can help speed up your Mac by cleaning and optimising.

Review - Trend Micro App Cleaner for the Apple Mac

Apple MacBook - sepia style

Trend Micro has a new utility that is designed to thoroughly clean the system when you uninstall apps you no longer need on OS X. Just how good is it and will it keep your Mac’s disk clean?

How to capture difficult screenshots on the Apple Mac

Taking screenshots is easy and there are several key combinations that save the whole screen or part of it to disk as an image file. Some screenshots appear impossible, but there are ways to take them.

Power users - run apps with higher privileges on the Mac

Apple MacBook

Running apps in standard mode on the Apple Mac is fine and is recommended, most of the time. However, for certain tasks it can be beneficial to raise the privileges to gain more power. Here’s how to do it using OmniDiskSweeper.

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