Training Google Mail (or Gmail) for Spam Filtering

Have you ever had the experience of someone insisting that they sent you an email, but you can’t find it, only to look later in your Spam or Junk folder and find it hiding there? Now why would your mail app decide one thing is spam and another is not? Email providers like Google, Yahoo,… Continue Reading

Why you should update your software now

You secure your valuables – your wallets, keys, and homes. You know that, if left unsecured, they can easily be a target for criminals. So it makes sense to think the same way about the information stored on all your electronic devices. Computers, tablets, phones and other personal devices hold your emails and your financial… Continue Reading

How to Encrypt your Mac’s Hard Drive

You may have heard of the words “FileVault” and “encryption” relating to your Mac’s hard drive, and you may be wondering if you should use this higher level of security and if it is easy to implement. The answer to all of this is “yes”. Even though you’ve already protected your Mac with a login… Continue Reading

Cleaning Up Safari Passwords

A Handy Tip for Cleaning Up Passwords in Safari The number one challenge for Mac users that I regularly hear about from my clients is dealing with passwords. This includes deciding on passwords to use with new services, as well as making sure passwords are never shared across services. If you use a password manager… Continue Reading

Skype 7 – Is It Really Almost Dead?

Yes, the Sad Day is Coming Soon Support for Skype 7 will end on Nov‍emb‍er 1, 2‍01‍8 on desktop devices. When support ends, Microsoft will begin requiring updates to version 8. Although you may be able to use older versions for a little while, they encourage you to update soon to avoid any interruption. Microsoft… Continue Reading

Mojo? Mojito? No. Mojave!

Apple releases Mac OS 10.14 Mojave Update: Apple released the 10.14.1 update on October 30, which improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. It also offers group FaceTime and more emojis. We now give this a thumbs-up, but still with all the caveats listed below. The folks in Cupertino have been working on… Continue Reading

The Four Computer Dreads – Part 4: Ransomware & Scams

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (or malware) that, once it’s taken over your computer, threatens you with harm, usually by denying you access to your data. The attacker demands a ransom from the victim, promising — not always truthfully — to restore access to the data upon payment. Ransomware attacks are typically carried… Continue Reading

Facebook was reckless with your data – Now what?

(Update: You now have the ability to download a copy of all your current data on Facebook. This article from macobserver.com shows you how.) As you may already know, there’s been a security meltdown at Facebook, thanks to a company called Cambridge Analytica. As many as 50 million users learned that their social media data was… Continue Reading

The Four Computer Dreads – Part 2: Malware

Malware, a shortened combination of the words malicious and software, is a catch-all term for any sort of software designed with malicious intent. That malicious intent is often the theft of your private information. Or it can be the creation of a backdoor to your computer so someone can gain access to it without your… Continue Reading

Meltdown and Spectre Security Vulnerabilities? Oh my!

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Supplemental Security Update, along with Safari 11.0.2 for Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6. These updates mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities you may have read about in the news lately, and are recommended for all eligible Mac users to install. The Mac security software… Continue Reading

Troubleshooting, small business networks,
Macs, iPads, and printers
Device syncing, backups,
passwords and email accounts
OS and app optimization and updates, and
preventive maintenance