Test Your Router’s Ability to Handle Full Speeds and Avoid Buffer Bloat

11:30 AM, Apr. 14th, 2016 · · How-To

Recently on Mac Geek Gab we were discussing your router's Quality of Service (QoS) settings and avoiding a scenario where everything else on your network slows down when one device is using up all of your bandwidth, a condition known as Buffer Bloat. One way to test that is to do a speed test while simultaneously watching a series of pings from the Terminal. Another is to simply use DSLReports' speed test which does all of this for you! Check it out.

How to Reveal a Link’s Actual URL in Both OS X and iOS

5:45 PM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · How-To

How to see actual URLs in a link

The very design of HTML uses both a hyperlink and link text.
All you're supposed to see is the link text, but that has led to various and sundry deceptive practices. Here's how to see the actual URL in both OS X and iOS, in both mail and Safari.

How to Pair a Siri Remote With its 4G Apple TV

7:00 PM, Apr. 4th, 2016 · · How-To

Pair a Siri Remote With its 4G Apple TV

It can happen. Your Siri Remote isn't working. You're sure it has a good battery charge. As (bad) luck would have it, it may have become unpaired with the 4G Apple TV.  Here's how to get the two all paired up again.

How to Strongly Encrypt a File (for free) in OS X

4:30 PM, Mar. 29th, 2016 · · How-To

OS X: Encrypt a file with native tools

There are many tools for encrypting files in OS X. GUI apps to do that have varying prices. Unfortunately, OS X itself doesn't have many built-in ways to encrypt a file. John Martellaro shows you the two native methods available in OS X.

5 Ways to Keep Your Mac’s Data Safe and Secure

8:44 PM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · · How-To

Five ways to help secure your Mac's data

The hearing on whether or not Apple should be forced to make a special version of iOS so the FBI can hack into an iPhone may be on hold, but that doesn't mean the personal data we want to keep private is safe. The fight to punch holes through our privacy is still gaining steam, and it reaches beyond the encrypted data on our iPhones out to our computers, too. There are ways to help protect your personal data on your Mac so the government, criminals, or even just nosey friends can't see what isn't any of their business. Check out The Mac Observer's list of tips on making your Mac—and your personal data—more secure.

This One Thing Will Make Your iPhone and Mac Passwords More Secure

5:30 PM, Mar. 10th, 2016 · · How-To

Password quality techniques

You have probably seen suggestions on how to construct a more secure password. But times are changing, and those bad guys who would break into your device now have advanced algorithms and so much computing power, they can easily outsmart your most devious passwords. Nevertheless, there is one thing you can do to ensure the quality of, if you must, your human chosen password. John Martellaro explains.

Monitor Your Podcast Recordings With Audio Hijack 3’s (Hidden) Low Latency Mode

1:45 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2016 · · How-To

Rogue Amoeba has added a hidden feature to Audio Hijack 3.2.3 that allows users to monitor themselves with no perceptible delay while recording. This is particularly useful for podcasters, as it allows them to record "live-to-tape" while hearing exactly what their listeners will hear. We'll show you how to enable and make use of this new mode.