Ready… Set… High Sierra Upgrade?

(For your Mac, not your iPhone) Apple this week released the 10.13.2 version of Mac OS High Sierra. This update contains many bug fixes and it addresses several severe security flaws originally introduced with this new Mac OS system. Since Apple starting pushing this update out on users in November, you’ve probably been seeing a… Continue Reading

The Four Computer Dreads – Part 1: Passwords

Ahh, passwords: just that word can cause dread in the hearts of even the bravest computer user. But why should that be? Because we live in a crazy world where some people spend their days trying to leach off of others. And we all have things we’d rather be doing than dealing with passwords. Any… Continue Reading

Goodbye Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac?

Microsoft is no longer offering any support for Office for Mac 2011. That means no updates or bug fixes, and if anything goes wrong or stops working in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, or Outlook, you’re on your own. So, if you’re still running Office 2011 you probably should be asking yourself the question, “What should I do?”.… Continue Reading

Deleting the Google All Mail History

Do you have a gmail.com email account, or an account that is managed by Google for your company (i.e. yourcompany.org)? Then you have a Google All Mail box there that has been archiving everything you’ve ever sent or received. They changed this policy in early-2017. Up to that time, even files you put in the… Continue Reading

The Equifax Data Breach – What can you do?

On September 7, Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, reported the data theft of names, Social Security Numbers, birthdates, addresses, and in some cases driver’s license and credit card information for as many as 143 million people. But as a Mac and iOS user, why is this relevant to you? Because anyone who… Continue Reading

MacOS 10.13 High Sierra – Is it better than low Sierra?

(Update: you can read an update to this article on Ready…Set…High Sierra Upgrade?) Apple this week released High Sierra, the latest version of system software to run on Mac computers. This release is right inline with their update schedule, which is to say a new operating system each year. So – should you upgrade? Probably… Continue Reading

iOS 11 – Should I Upgrade?

iOS 11 – Should I Upgrade?

In a word, YES. Apple has been working for a year on this update, which includes many small, but significant visual improvements, and a lot of invisible security and stability updates. What about my favorite (very old) app; will it still work? That depends; this version of iOS is all 64-bit, which means that some… Continue Reading

What is a Flash Player anyway?

What is a Flash Player anyway?

As a Mac tech, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is “What is Adobe Flash Player?“ Most everyone has seen a message on their computer at some point telling them that this needs to be installed or updated. But few people seem to know what it actually is or what it does.… Continue Reading

The psychological reasons behind risky password practices

Only 29 percent of consumers change their passwords for security reasons. The #1 reason people change their passwords is because they forgot it. If you share your passwords amongst multiple sites (as so many people do), then you are choosing to implement risky password practices.     On how many sites do you reuse the same… Continue Reading

MacOS Sierra – New and shiny yes, but should you upgrade?

Apple released the latest version of their Mac operating system, MacOS Sierra in September, and now that they’ve released their second point update, 10.12.2, I am finally ready to give this significant upgrade a thumbs-up recommendation. Major features include beefed-up security, Siri on the Mac, tighter integration with your iOS devices, and a significant number of… Continue Reading

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