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Apple Pay Is Faster, Easier, More Secure, and More Private Than Using Credit Cards

By | 2018-04-17T12:13:40+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Mac Tips|

You’ve probably heard of Apple Pay, but have you set it up so you can use it to pay for purchases at checkout? If not, give it a try, since it’s one of those living-in-the future Apple technologies that feels like science fiction every time you use it. Simply put your iPhone, iPad, or Apple [...]

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Ransomware: Should You Be Worried, and What Protective Steps Should You Take?

By | 2018-02-26T21:29:20+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Malware makes headlines regularly these days, and although Macs are targeted far less than Windows PCs, Mac users still need to remain vigilant. A particularly serious type of malware is called “ransomware” because once it infects your computer, it encrypts all your files and holds them for ransom. Luckily, despite the virulence of ransomware in [...]

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Install Minor Operating System Updates to Maintain Herd Immunity

By | 2018-02-26T21:13:13+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Mac Tips|

It seems like Apple releases updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS nearly every week these days. It has been only a few months since iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra launched, and we’ve already seen ten updates to iOS and seven updates to macOS. Some of these have been to fix bugs, which [...]

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Five Things You Should Never Do with Passwords (and Three You Should)

By | 2018-01-31T16:22:22+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Mac Tips|

Passwords are the bane of our modern existence. Nearly anything you want to do, it seems, calls for a password. As the Internet’s reach extends beyond computers and into phones, TVs, appliances, and even toys, we have to enter passwords with increasing frequency and in ever more annoying ways. To make dealing with passwords easier [...]

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What you Need to Know about the Meltdown and Spectre Security Vulnerabilities

By | 2018-01-11T16:39:26+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Mac Tips|

You’ve no doubt heard in the news about the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities. While they are not to be taken lightly, once all is said and done we don’t believe there is a lot to worry about. The bad news is that every CPU chip designed since 1995 has these vulnerable design flaws due [...]

What You Need to Know about Face ID on the iPhone X

By | 2017-12-22T16:49:14+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Mac Tips|

Apple’s new iPhone X does away with the Home button, which has been a fixture since the original iPhone and has long served as the Touch ID sensor. To replace Touch ID, Apple developed a new facial recognition technology called Face ID. With Face ID, the iPhone X scans your face to authenticate you instead [...]

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Watch Out for Phishing Attacks Hidden in Your Email

By | 2017-12-07T16:55:50+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Mac Tips|

One of the most important things you can do to stay safe on the Internet is to be careful while reading email. That’s because online criminals know that we’re all busy, and we often don’t pay enough attention to what we’re reading or where we’re clicking. To take advantage of our inattention, these Internet information [...]

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Avoid Ransom Requests with a Unique iCloud Password

By | 2017-10-03T02:42:52+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Mac Tips|

We’ve been hearing reports from people whose Macs have been locked remotely via Find My Mac, with the criminals responsible holding access to the Mac hostage until they receive a ransom in Bitcoin. First, if this happens to you, do not pay the ransom! Any Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Store can unlock your [...]

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PSA: Beware Tech Support Scams!

By | 2017-09-18T19:23:52+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Mac Tips|

Apple does a great job with Macs, iPhones, and iPads, but stuff goes wrong all the time—as professional providers of technical support we know that better than anyone. So we’re really cheesed off by tech support scams that try to defraud unsuspecting users in the name of fixing problems that don’t exist. Here’s how to [...]

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