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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 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 Speed Up A Time Machine Backup

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

  As a Mac user, it's important that you create a Time Machine Backup. This is essential to keeping all your data safe just in case something goes wrong with your computer. And it's one of the most important steps before Pearing your TarDisk to your Mac. However, sometimes Time Machine takes some time to complete the backup. Let's speed up that process. You can do that using what's called the "command line". But be careful! This change will slow down your computer's performance while Time Machine is running. The very reason this trick works is by increasing the Time...

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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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How To Use Custom Shortcuts When Typing Text In OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

You probably use a certain number of links, shortcuts, or phrases frequently. For example, you often find yourself linking to your email address, but need to retype it every time as a shortcut. Or you want your Mac to automatically replace "btw" with "by the way". There is an easy way to go about it: creating custom shortcuts. These enable you to write specific words or phrases that your Mac will recognize and suggest to replace, even with links! Creating the shortcuts First, go to System Preferences, click on Keyboard, and then click Text.   How To Use Custom Shortcuts...

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