Concerned about privacy? Keep iOS and Mac OS up to date!

SecurityIconXOne of the long-standing problems that users have had with personal computing devices is the degree of privacy they offer, especially as devices are being used more and more for financial, medical, and other personal information. Behind the pretty interface in which you enter your social security number or bank account number and click “save,” the information could be well encrypted or simply be sent and stored as plain text for any passer-by to see. Continue reading

How to launch and quit applications in OS X using the Terminal

NewTerminalIconXWhen you run any command in the OS X Terminal, you are running some program that has been coded and compiled to perform a specific function, be it something simple like “ls” to list directory contents, or something more interactive like “top” to display information on running processes. These commands are all programs on your Mac, just like applications such as Pages, Word, TextEdit, and Safari that have graphical interfaces and are the main productivity programs you use when running OS X. Continue reading

What to expect when upgrading to iOS 8

iOS8IconXMaybe you’re ready to install iOS 8, or maybe you’re going to give it a few days, but when you finally do install the upgrade, there are several issues you might run into, and some general behaviors when installing that might have you wondering if something has gone wrong.

First and foremost, the 16GB iPhone and iPad are the most popular models; however, even though Continue reading

Five reasons to avoid installing iOS 8 right away

iOS8IconXApple’s long-anticipated iOS 8 upgrade will be released today, and will likely start being available for download at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern) for all eligible iDevices, which are the iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, and 5C, the iPad 2, 3, 4, Air and Mini models, and the 5th generation iPod touch. If you have one of these devices, and have properly prepared it for the upgrade, then you are only left with the notion of whether or not you should upgrade right away. For the most part, the answer to this will be a resounding yes, but there are a few considerations you might take before jumping right in. Continue reading

How to prepare your iPhone or iPad for iOS 8

iOS8IconXApple has announced iOS 8 will be released on September 17, and as with prior iOS updates it will appear as a notice on your iPhone (models 4S, 5, 5S, or 5C), iPad (models 2, 3, 4, including the Air, and all versions of the Mini), or iPod Touch (5th generation only) that will instruct you to download and install the new software; however, before you do, be sure your various iDevices and their contents are backed up, and are otherwise prepared for the update. Continue reading

Apple releases eighth and perhaps last developer build of Yosemite

YosemiteInstallerIconXApple has released the eighth build of OS X Yosemite to its developer and testing communities. This build is also the third release of Yosemite to Apple’s Public Beta testing program, and given the impending release of iOS 8 on the 17th, suggests this build may be the final release that will end up going public. Continue reading

How to secure individual private files in OS X

SecurityIconXYour account in OS X should be relatively secure, and provided you store your files within the structure of your account (ie, the Documents, Music, Movies, and Photos folders in your home directory), then other users on your system will not be able to access your documents. However, this security has its limits, and may break down for several reasons, especially if you transfer documents from your Mac to other systems, or to online services which you access from other systems: Continue reading