Removing password protection from a PDF file on Mac

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

 

Can’t remove your payment info from your Apple ID? Here’s why

By Anthony Bouchard on May 24, 2016

Not everyone wants to have their credit card or debit card linked to their Apple ID. Some people are afraid of having their financial information tied to online merchants and digital content stores because of the unfortunate reality of identity theft and unauthorized purchases.

With that in mind, what should you do if you don’t want a credit card that you’ve already linked to your Apple ID to be there, but the ‘None’ payment method option isn’t showing for you?

We’ll talk about that in this post and explain why the option isn’t available to you. Read More

 

How to create a guest account on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 23, 2016

In OS X, just like most desktop operating systems, you can have more than one computer user. For instances where you may need to share your computer with someone else, it can be convenient for you to create a guest user rather than risk your security from your own administrator account.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can enable the guest user account on your Mac. Read More

 

MacID to remain available even if Apple introduces Touch ID unlocking for Mac

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?
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Chinese government hopes Apple can provide “secure user experience”

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Earlier in the week, Apple’s boss Tim Cook embarked on a charm offensive in China in an attempt to appease the government and its agencies, which have already forced the iPhone maker to shut down the iBooks and iTunes Movie stores in the massive 1.35 billion people market.

As noted by Reuters, in meeting with Cook in Beijing, head of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) underscored the importance of strong security of Apple’s products for the Chinese consumer. Read More

 

Apple’s new Touch ID rule requires you to enter passcode more often than before

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Has your iPhone or iPad been asking you to enter your passcode after you wake up, even though you normally used to unlock it with Touch ID?

You’re not alone. As first discovered by MacWorld’s Glenn Fleishman, this is the result of a new Touch ID rule which Apple quietly implemented since iOS 9 was released. Read More

 

Manually checking for Java updates for your Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on May 18, 2016

Java, just like Adobe Flash, is often a major security flaw waiting to happen for both Mac and PC owners.

Although Apple takes security very seriously and just about forces Mac users with Java to check for Java updates automatically, it’s still never a bad idea to check on your own from time to time.

Since we recently showed you how to check for Flash updates manually, it only made sense to follow up with a similar guide for Java, which is also a commonly-used web plugin.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to see if you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer or not. Read More

 

How to manually check for Flash updates on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 17, 2016

Flash is among one of the most targeted web platforms for injecting computers with malware, including Macs, and that’s why Adobe is always turning around with updates for Flash all the darned time.

If you’re like me, then your security is important to you, and you may not trust automatic updates to deliver updates to you quickly enough.

This tutorial will show you how you can make sure Flash is up to date on your Mac, the manual way. Read More

 

Google to ditch Flash for HTML5 by default in Chrome come this fall

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

The slow death of Adobe Flash continues as Google preps to put another nail into the beleaguered technology’s coffin come this fall. According to a draft proposal from the search giant, a copy of which was obtained by Venture Beat, Google’s desktop browser will default to showing HTML5 content and video, falling back to Flash as a last resort.

Chrome ships with a built-in Flash Player which automatically kicks into action whenever a piece of Flash content is detected on a webpage. Read More

 

Apple just shot down an app that could detect iPhone malware

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Stefan Esser’s iPhone app, called System and Security Info, can no longer be downloaded from the App Store, as first noted by The Next Web. Esser’s software let iPhone users know if their device had malware that could be used to spy on them, and could detect a jailbreak, too.

The app was removed from the App Store earlier this morning. Esser was basically told that detecting weaknesses in a user’s device could lead to “potentially inaccurate and misleading diagnostic functionality for iOS devices.” Read More

 

How and why to report spammy iMessages to Apple

By Anthony Bouchard on May 16, 2016

Sometimes your contact information ends up where you don’t want it, and you end up with annoying spam iMessages from people, companies, or bots that try to scam you or steal personal information.

Fortunately, Apple’s iMessage service comes with an abuse report feature that you can use to report senders who are misusing the iMessage platform and making it a less enjoyable thing to use.

In this piece, we’ll talk about how and why you should be reporting iMessages that seem spammy. Read More

 

A quick overview of the new System and Security Info app

By Andrew O'Hara on May 12, 2016

Security has always been a top priority for Apple and its ecosystem, especially as of late. Tim Cook has made it clear that maintaining encryption and tight security protocols are here to stay. Users that are equally as concerned about protecting their personal information have had few options in actually monitoring their security however. A new app called System and Security Info from security firm SektionEins aims to help with that. Read More

 

Ensuring your Mac is receiving updates about new malware and compromised web plug-ins

By Christian Zibreg on May 10, 2016

Among the plethora of built-in OS X features that help keep your Mac secure is something called File Quarantine, a download validation technology that checks any downloads for known malware when you try to open them.

File Quarantine is also available in compatible applications like Safari, Messages, iChat and Mail that download files from the Internet or receive files from external sources, such as email attachments.

Additionally, OS X blocks compromised versions of web plug-ins from functioning, including Java web apps and Adobe Flash content, to further limit your Mac’s exposure to potential zero day exploits.

In this tutorial, we’ll discuss how you can make sure that File Quarantine updates are turned on, which will allow your Mac to receive latest malware definitions and information about compromised web plug-ins from Apple. Read More

 

Pop-ups in Safari on your Mac? Here’s what to do

By Anthony Bouchard on May 10, 2016

I hate pop-ups, and chances are, you probably do too. They’re not only a nuisance, but most of the time they’re also designed to get in your way to purposely try and scam you and get you to click on malicious material.

Safari in OS X comes with anti-pop-up measures, but those with malicious intent are always coming up with ways to get around those measures.

In this post, we’ll talk about what you can do in a scenario when you get these annoying pop-up messages on your Mac and why you might be getting them. Read More

 

New app can detect malware and tell if you’re jailbroken

By Cody Lee on May 9, 2016

There’s a new app in the App Store called System and Security Info that shows detailed information about your device and running apps from a security standpoint. It can do a lot of things, including monitor memory and disk usage, show running processes, and it even detects malware and other anomalies.

A few other things about the app also caught our eye. One, it’s capable of telling if your iPhone and iPad have been jailbroken, and two, it appears that former jailbreak contributor Stefan Esser (also known as i0n1c) is involved in the project. In fact, it was Esser who penned the announcement blog post. Read More

 

LogDog for iOS lets you monitor the security of your online accounts

By Anthony Bouchard on May 2, 2016

LogDog, a service originally made popular on the Android platform for keeping your various online accounts safe from unauthorized activity, is now launching for iOS.

With LogDog, you can actively monitor your online accounts and keep an eye on where the most recent logins came from, what operating system and web browser was used, and more.

If you’re always worried about your security, or even your privacy, this is an app you’ll want to check out. Read More

 

How to password protect PDF files on your Mac

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

 

Changing your router’s DNS settings to increase speed and security

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 29, 2016

At times, you may experience slow hiccups while trying to use the internet from your home. Sometimes, these problems can be attributed to your router’s DNS settings because your ISP may not always have the best DNS server speeds.

Your DNS server settings can also affect your security as you use the internet because some DNS servers come with built-in firewalls and security measures to prevent you from opening malicious or phishing websites, while others don’t do anything at all to protect you.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can edit the DNS settings on your wireless router if you’re experiencing slower internet speeds than you should be. Read More

 

How to use your old iPhone as a home security camera

By Sébastien Page on Apr 27, 2016

If you have an old iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch laying around that is just collecting dust, why not put it to work by turning it into an affordable home monitoring camera? We’re not talking about a full-featured surveillance system here, but just a simple setup that can live stream anything happening in your house, and send motion alerts directly to you should it detect activity.

In this post we’ll be showing you how to convert your spare iOS device, whether it is an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, into a video monitoring camera. The best part is, it’s completely free and you should be up and running in just a few minutes. Read More

 

What the “Trust This Computer” alert on your iPhone means

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 22, 2016

Occasionally, you will be asked on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad whether or not you want to “Trust This Computer” when you attach it to a computer with a USB connection either to charge or sync.

If you have ever wondered why this pop up appears, and what it means, then you’ve come to the right place. In this piece, we’ll discuss the alert and why it appears so you’ll have a greater understanding of what it aims to do. Read More

 
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