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Back Up Your Computer: It's a Big Deal

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

        These days it can sometimes seem as though our entire lives are on our devices. Our conversations with our loved ones are on iMessage. Our pictures from vacations and outings are on our smartphone. Perhaps even your children's first drawings are now saved on an iPad. Fortunately, unlike physical photo albums, your files can't burn down, fall apart, rip, or tear. But your systems can crash, be corrupted, or reset. Your data also needs protection just as much as your photo albums. That's why you need to back up your data consistently. It's like making several...

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How Do I Update My Mac OS?

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

Mac users can update system software and apps on a Mac in three easy steps. Click on the  Apple menu Click on the "App Store" from the menu bar Click the “Updates” section in the App store Always backup your Mac before installing any system software updates. Flash must be updated separately from Adobe, but another approach would be to uninstall Flash completely and use the plug-in sandboxed in Chrome browser instead. The plug-in will update itself along with the browser. Try to always keep your Mac up-to-date for the latest security and features. Happy updating!

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How to Restore an UnPeared MacBook

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

How to Restore an UnPeared MacBook:   1. First, you'll have to reduce the used disk space on your Macintosh HD to at least 15% below the size it was before “Pearing”. For example, if your original Macintosh HD size before Pearing was 121GB, you must make sure that your current system has 103GB or less on it now. 2. Turn off file Vault. 3. Create a Time Machine backup to ensure that you have backed up your data. This step is critical for the restore process. If you want added protection, you can also use an online backup system in addition to Time Machine. 4. Confirm...

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How to Activate Firewall In OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

Your Mac probably spends most of the day connected to the internet. While it's connected, it's perfectly possible for someone to install malware or other malicious software onto your machine. Luckily, if you use a router (wireless or not) or an AirPort Time Capsule, you don't need to activate the firewall in your Mac. These devices come equipped with a built-in firewall. But if you aren't using either of these devices, or you share your local internet or use the router connected straight to your Mac, you should make sure to activate the firewall. This way, you at least have...

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How to Safely Disconnect An External Drive From Your Computer

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

  We've all done it, just yanking out your flash drive from the USB port when you're done using it. What's the harm, right? Turns out, it could damage files on your drive if you don't properly eject your disk. The odds are low - but they do exist. Why risk it? Here are three ways to eject your drive or disk to ensure your data's safe and sound. Drag the disk icon This is probably the most popular method. All you have to do is click the disk icon on the desktop and drag it to the Trash icon...

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