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Macs under attack from growing malware threat

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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.

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.

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.

How to screenshot anything on the Mac including the Touch Bar

Learn all the keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots on the Mac, even the Touch Bar too. Plus hidden screenshot settigs

To capture the screen as an image on your Mac ad save it to disk, there are several hotkeys you need to remember. There are also some secret settings to make the task of taking screenshots easier.

Reduce eyestrain with f.lux on your Apple Mac

Staring at the computer screen for hours on end can make your eyes tired and it is not pleasant. Turning down the brightness might help, but there is another solution and f.lux can make the screen easier on your eyes.

Monitor the stock market and your investments on your Mac

Use your Apple Mac to track share prices on the stock market using the Today Stocks widget and Stockfolio, an inexpensive app in the Mac App Store

The state of the stock markets around the world affects all of us in one way or another. Stockfolio is a great app for the Apple Mac that enables you to follow the ups and downs of share prices.

Is Disk Cleaner – The Best Cleanup App?

Among the top free utilities in the Mac App Store is Disk Cleaner – The Best Cleanup App. The name makes a bold claim and that is one worth investigating. Cleanup apps that free up disk space are always useful.

The really simple guide to Automator in OS X on the Mac

Automator is a sort of programming tool that enables you to create utility apps on the Apple Mac, but it does not require any programming knowledge. This guide takes you step by step through your first app.

Get a free Mac clipboard manager and view your history

What is the most used feature on your Apple Mac? Could it be the clipboard? Power up the OS X clipboard with a utility to manage it and view clipboard history.

Monitor internet usage with Bandwidth+ on the Apple Mac

How many megabytes or gigabytes of internet data have you uploaded and downloaded today? Do you need to keep an eye on the total usage? Bandwidth+ is a free app that can do that.

Get to know the new Disk Utility in OS X El Capitan

Disk Utility has been in OS X on the Apple Mac for years and it has not changed much, until now. The new Disk Utility in El Capitan is completely different to the previous version. Use it to fix problems on the Mac’s disk drive.

Check your website for bad links with this free Mac app

Websites come and go, web pages move or are deleted and as a result of this, links on your website stop working. Integrity is a free Apple Mac app that checks your website for these dead links and shows where they are.

How to check the battery in your Mac, iPhone, iPad

Battery warningUse coconutBattery on your Apple MacBook to view the status of the battery and its health. This free app also tells you the status and health of the battery in your iPhone and iPad too.

PhoneClean aims to clear junk from your iPhone or iPad

Apple MacBook, iPad and iPhone

PhoneClean is a Mac app that is designed to track down the junk files on your iPhone or iPad and clear them out, leaving more space for important things, like apps, photos and music.

FonePaw helps recover lost data and files from an iPhone

Disasters sometimes strike no matter how careful you are and you could find yourself in a situation where your iOS device is lost or broken. FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can help.

Install Windows 10 on your Apple Mac in Boot Camp

Windows 10 is hereat last and it is like nothing you have seen before. Will you install it on your Apple Mac? Do you have the disk space? Will it even run? To see what it is like, I tried installing it on a 2012 MacBook Pro.

Will Dr. Cleaner make your Mac run like new?

There are many disk cleanup tools and memory optimisation utilities, but there may be room for one more and this one is an interesting app. Dr. Cleaner is from security company Trend Micro and it cleans and optimises.

Configure the Archive function in OS X on the Mac

I recently showed where you can find hidden apps on your Apple Mac’s disk drive and then explored the Network Utility. It is a useful tool. In this article I will look at one of the other hidden apps, the Archive Utility. What is it for and how do you use it?

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