By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016
Last week’s macOS Sierra 10.12.2 software update squashed a number of bugs and patched a few newly discovered vulnerabilities, among them one that allowed an attacker to obtain your FileVault disk encryption password by plugging in a $300 Thunderbolt device into a locked or sleeping Mac.
As detailed by security researcher Ulf Frisk, attackers must have physical access to your Mac in order to exploit the vulnerability. The obtained password may be used to unlock your Mac’s disk and access everything on it. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 13, 2016
Chances are you have a thing or two that you like to keep locked away with a padlock of some sort.
Whether you need it for a locker at school or work, or to keep a gate or shed closed at home, you can bring your padlocks up to the 21st century with the Dog and Bone LockSmart Mini, which utilizes wireless Bluetooth connectivity so you can unlock the padlock with your smartphone. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 2, 2016
Forgetful people can now combat their inability to remember their iPhone or iPad passcodes with a new free jailbreak tweak called SmallHint.
What this tweak allows you to do is put an inconspicuous hint on your Lock screen, just below the date, that can help jog your memory in the event that you forget your passcode. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 28, 2016
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just turn on your Mac and start using it without having to log into it all the time?
If you live in a household where you don’t need Fort Knox-like security to keep people from getting into your computer, then you can set up your Mac to log in to your account automatically when you turn it on. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2016
After previewing a new version of its popular password-management utility, developer AgileBits today updated 1Password for Mac with support for the Touch Bar and Touch ID features on the new MacBook Pro (that you can’t have yet).
The update is free to existing users of the $64.99 Mac app. 1Password can now be unlocked by resting your finger on the Touch ID sensor that’s built into the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.
In addition, you can access your vaults faster by tapping the app’s dedicated shortcuts on the Touch Bar. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 9, 2016
It can be a pain to remember all your passwords, and that’s why password manager apps like 1Password exist. But if you don’t like the big price tag or the subscription models, then PasswordRecovery is a jailbreak tweak alternative you could check out instead.
This tweak comes with password remembrance and recovery options all in a single package so you’ll never forget your passcode or have to reset a password for any of its supported apps ever again. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2016
LastPass, a free of charge password manager for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and the web, announced yesterday that all customers can now synchronize passwords across multiple devices at no additional charge.
Previously, the app required buying a $1 per month subscription to take advantage of multi-device sync. If you manage your passwords and logins in LastPass, this should be music to your ears as most people use multiple devices. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 21, 2016
For the last several years, I’ve battled with a password problem. It seemed like every new service I used wanted me to create an account, which involved making a new username and a strong password. Making matters worse, some services want you to make difficult passwords you can’t even remember, containing capital letters, numbers, and special characters.
The problem reveals itself the most whenever I get a new phone, like the iPhone 7 Plus I recently purchased. When I go to set it up, I download all the apps I typically use on my device. Afterwards comes the hard part: trying to remember the credentials to log into all of them. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 4, 2016
Login is an absolutely stunning new jailbreak tweak that offers an OS X-inspired login screen meant to replace the basic Lock screen on your iPhone or iPad. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 9, 2016
Where security is a concern, 3DAppLock is a new jailbreak tweak that helps add some peace of mind.
The tweak lets users lock certain applications on their Home screens with either Touch ID or a password by simply using a 3D Touch gesture on the app icon itself. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 13, 2016
Have you ever went on an app downloading spree in the Mac App Store only to find that it was going to ask for your password every time you wanted to download a paid app on your Mac?
If you’re the only user on your Mac, then you probably don’t want to or need to be bothered with having to enter your password each and every time.
Instead, OS X includes a feature that lets you disable password prompts for additional purchases for up to 15 minutes following your first Mac App Store purchase in a succession. We’ll show you how to configure this feature in this tutorial. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 11, 2016
It’s a good idea to change your passwords every now and again, and your OS X user accounts are no different. If you’re a Mac admin and you want to make sure everyone gets a fresh and secure password every so often, you should take the steps to change the passwords regularly.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can change an account password on your Mac. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 8, 2016
Love it or hate it, Apple’s Safari is a zippy web browser that performs well on the Mac, and it continues to get more and more competitive with other web browser platforms as OS X, soon to be known as macOS, continues to evolve.
Since Apple wants you to use Safari on your Mac, it’s a no-brainer they’re going to make it easier to migrate your web data from one web browser to another.
In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how you can transfer your web data from a third-party web browser to Safari with just a few clicks. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 6, 2016
In some rare scenarios, you as the computer administrator may want to actually promote an existing basic OS X user account to an administrator account, or vice-versa.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can upgrade a user account’s privileges to administrator rights, and we’ll also go through the steps to strip an account of its administrator rights. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on May 24, 2016
The ability to password protect PDF files is a great way to keep personal information safe from prying eyes, especially when you want to control who is and who isn’t allowed to see the contents of a file.
But on the contrary, what do you do if you want to remove password protection from a PDF file on your Mac?
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to convert a password-protected PDF file to a basic PDF file that can be opened by anyone. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on May 21, 2016
There has been some talk recently about Apple potentially launching a new way to unlock your Mac with Touch ID in an upcoming OS X release.
For those who are aware, this can be done already with apps from the App Store, such as MacID, but if Apple brings this feature to the native installation of OS X, what will happen to these premium third-party apps?
By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 30, 2016
Password protecting your PDF files is a great way to keep the contents from being revealed to those who you never intend to see them.
This great security feature can be taken advantage of right from the Preview app that comes bundled with your Mac, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use it to enhance the security of your PDF files. Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 10, 2016
Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app OneSafe. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pickup Lunabee’s popular password manager for free for both iPhone and iPad, a solid savings of $5.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, oneSafe provides advanced security for your sensitive data with features like Touch ID, decoy safe, intrusion detection, and self-destruct mode. It stores logins, financial data, credit cards and more. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 13, 2016
Most of you probably use a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and some of them may even require a password to gain access to.
Have you ever been in a predicament where you’ve needed to use someone’s Wi-Fi network and they wouldn’t tell you the password for it to your face, but they had no problem typing it in for you so you could use the network without knowing what the password was? Or, have you just plain forgotten the password to one of your most-used networks when you have a new machine or device you want to use to connect to it?
If you’ve been in either of these situations, then a new jailbreak app called Wifi Passwords List, which is a free download from Cydia’s BigBoss repository, could be of use to you. It’ll show you the password of any secured Wi-Fi network you’ve ever used on your iOS device. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 3, 2015
Yesterday, on Let’s Talk iOS, we discussed how arduous and tedious it is to enter a password on the Apple TV interface. It’s a difficult process, because the Apple TV lacks support for Bluetooth keyboards, and features an A-Z text entry setup that makes the process even more difficult that it was on last generation’s Apple TV.
Fortunately, the Apple TV features an option that allows you to never require a password for iTunes & App Store purchases. While using such an option works, it leaves your device open to unauthorized purchases. The good news is that, as we discussed on the podcast, you can easily set up restrictions for App Store and iTunes purchases, which will make it so that purchases only require the entry of a 4-digit passcode.