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How to Make Your Mac as Secure as Possible  How to Make Your Mac as Secure as Possible 

In a recent blog post titled “Hardening macOS,” Ricard Bejarano offers an extensive list of settings you can tweak to make macOS as secure as possible. It’s a comprehensive list of tasks—and we love it—but it’s important that you understand the “why” behind his recommendations, too. Here are a few of his top tips and…

How Is Your macOS Mojave Experience on Your Older Mac? How Is Your macOS Mojave Experience on Your Older Mac?

New macOS versions usually mean better performance on Apple’s latest hardware, but they’re rarely optimized for anything older (even last year’s models). So what’s the consensus on macOS Mojave, Apple’s latest operating system, when it comes to older machines?

What You Need to Know Before (and After) Installing macOS Mojave What You Need to Know Before (and After) Installing macOS Mojave

The latest and greatest version of macOS is here. Whether you’ve been bingeing on the beta for months or forgot all about version 10.14 of Apple’s desktop operating system, you can download the final version of macOS Mojave starting right now. Well, maybe.

The Tech Decisions That People Love to Fight Over The Tech Decisions That People Love to Fight Over

The identity politics of tech are real. We become obsessed with the devices that power our lives, and they can drive us to heated arguments—however preposterous—with anyone who loves a competing product, platform, or service.

How Do I Recover an Old iPhoto Library? How Do I Recover an Old iPhoto Library?

A disaster from years ago still haunts this week’s Tech 911 letter-writer. She’ll explain the full details in a bit, but it makes me grateful for complicated backup setups. Anyway, let’s go put the world’s biggest Band-Aid on a potential technological catastrophe.

How to Enable Safari Favicons on Mac and iOS How to Enable Safari Favicons on Mac and iOS

Apple launched the newest version of its Safari web browser, Safari 12, for macOS Sierra and High Sierra users on September 17, and it brings a bunch of new security features and handy little touches—including favicons.

How to Set Up a Virtual Machine for Free How to Set Up a Virtual Machine for Free

There are plenty of reasons to run a virtual machine. The first, and most compelling, is that you want to play: Maybe there are some other operating system you want to dabble with (cough Linux cough), but you don’t want to deal with installing another hard drive, partitioning your existing drive, or setting up your…

What to Do With Your Old Apple Devices What to Do With Your Old Apple Devices

It’s that time again: time for your annual frantic search to find all of the original packaging for your older iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. That’s the best way to sell it for the highest possible sum, after all, before you plunk down a preorder for whatever Apple’s announcing this week.

CleanMyMac X Saves Space, Removes Malware, and Speeds Up Your Mac CleanMyMac X Saves Space, Removes Malware, and Speeds Up Your Mac

I’ve been recommending CleanMyMac to friends and family for a while now, and it gets better with every version. CleanMyMac X was released yesterday, with powerful new tools for optimizing and protecting your Mac.

Reeder 3, Awesome RSS Reader, Is Now Free From the Mac App Store Reeder 3, Awesome RSS Reader, Is Now Free From the Mac App Store

If you’re in the market for a new RSS reader, have we got a deal for you.

How to Revisit Every Version of Mac OS X From Your Browser How to Revisit Every Version of Mac OS X From Your Browser

The Aqua GUI in Apple’s operating systems has undergone a remarkable evolution since March of 2000, when it found its way into OS X 10.0, and you might be surprised at just how different everything looks now. Thanks to the newly launched Aqua Screenshot Library, you can revisit every version of OS X (and macOS)…

How to Add a Dock Shortcut for Any macOS System Preference Pane How to Add a Dock Shortcut for Any macOS System Preference Pane

If you frequently access the same System Preferences pane on your Mac, you can add a shortcut directly to your Dock. Here’s how:

Use These Mac Shortcuts Instead of the Esc Key Use These Mac Shortcuts Instead of the Esc Key

Here’s a dumb shortcut that will come in handy some day. In some apps, ⌘-. does the same thing as the escape key. So if that key is broken, or your stupid Touch Bar is hiding your stupid virtual escape key, or your hands can’t reach the corner of your keyboard, or you just like the ergonomics better, then go for it.

Google Directly From MacOS Spotlight Using This Keyboard Shortcut Google Directly From MacOS Spotlight Using This Keyboard Shortcut

Sometimes you want to Google (or Bing? up to you...) something, but opening up another browser tab feels like a touch too much effort. If you use MacOS, try this handy keyboard command that makes search queries from Spotlight automatically open in your default browser’s search engine.

How to Get Gmail's Best Features If You're Holding on to an Old Email Account How to Get Gmail's Best Features If You're Holding on to an Old Email Account

In this week’s Tech 911—the column where we offer reasonable answers and explanations for of your deepest, darkest tech confusions—a Lifehacker reader wonders why she can’t access some of Gmail’s best features with a third-party email client (and a non-Gmail address).

How to Take Prettier Screenshots on a Mac How to Take Prettier Screenshots on a Mac

Mac: If you’re clipping a bit of text to send in a tweet or saving info from a rental car confirmation page, your standard Command-Shift-4 shortcut for a screenshot is more than adequate. But adding a couple keystrokes can make all the difference when you want to, say, include a professional-looking image of your…

How to Rescue Embedded Images From a DOCX File How to Rescue Embedded Images From a DOCX File

“If you rename a .docx file to .zip you can open it,” tweets SwiftOnSecurity, the security professional/Taylor Swift parody account. Then you can grab images and video that were embedded in the document, all as separate files. Swift’s followers have more great tips for rescuing data from different file formats. For…

Switch Between Light and Dark Mode in macOS Mojave With This Handy App Switch Between Light and Dark Mode in macOS Mojave With This Handy App

Mac: Even though you probably shouldn’t install a public beta of an operating system on your primary device—your laptop, in this case—go ahead. Give macOS Mojave a try. There are plenty of fun features you can play with, including the operating system’s new dark mode (close to the top of my list).

How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2 How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2

Some Sonos speakers are finally getting support for Apple’s latest wireless streaming technology, AirPlay 2. Whether you’re want to blast your favorite Netflix movies or rock out around your house, this update lets you connect your speakers to your iOS devices. Here’s how to get started:

Trick Out Your Touch Bar With These Creative Apps and Games Trick Out Your Touch Bar With These Creative Apps and Games

I don’t know about you, but I’m still on the fence about Apple’s Touch Bar. The most use I get out of it is accidentally tapping the virtual “back” button in my browser when trying to press a number key. That, and I mainly use the Touch Bar to adjust my MacBook’s brightness and volume. (Perhaps I need to configure…

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