Apple has designed OS X so that one can just upgrade to the next version, "over the top," seamlessly. With this kind of upgrade, all user data, settings and accounts remain as before, and that works for most users most times. However, there are occasions when a user needs to do what's called a "Clean Install." This sets up the Mac as if it first came out of the box and then personal data is restored. John Martellaro, after a brief introduction, lists the steps for a Clean Install.
Apple has unleashed its next version of OS X for the Macintosh, named El Capitan. In this release, Apple has officially focused on the user experience and performance, but this new version will have traditional attention to stability and security. Here's a rundown of how to to be properly ready before you pull the trigger.
We're counting down the days until OS X El Capitan is released. Hurry up, September 30th! In the meantime, though, we want to make sure your Macs are ready for the transition. Are you sure that your old apps will function under 10.11? Have you backed up recently? (Please say yes.) Come check out our three Quick Tips on how to prepare for Apple's upcoming release.
This El Capitan Quick Tip is about one of the niftiest new Spotlight features: Finding videos on the Internet without having to open your browser first. Melissa Holt will cover that new ability (and how you'll turn it off if you hate it!).
Melissa Holt's got another El Capitan trick for us, and this one's a doozy. You know how you can swipe on a message within iOS to trash it, mark it as read, and so on? Well, the beta version of El Cap offers that feature too! We'll discuss just how you'll do it (and what customization options you have) in today's Quick Tip.
Keychain is a great option for your Mac and has been for some time. Now, through iCloud, you can have access to your Keychain entries on your iOS device.
Another piping-hot El Capitan tip, coming right up! Today Melissa Holt's talking about how we can "pin" sites to the Safari toolbar, which makes accessing favorite webpages faster. These pinned tabs even keep themselves updated in the background! That's the niftiness available in today's Quick Tip.
Apple's next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called "System Integrity Protection" to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while "Repair Disk Permissions" is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.
With the El Capitan beta, we've got a neat, easy way to bypass the trash when we're deleting a file, and we can also remove a single item from the trash without having to empty it completely. This is one of the features that we really hope makes it through to the final version of El Cap! Melissa Holt's here to tell you all about it.
Another big security flaw in OS X Yosemite has been discovered, but instead of telling Apple first, the guy who found it posted his findings on the Internet. That means Apple doesn't have a head start on patching the flaw, and potential hackers have the access to the potential exploit now.
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Operating system security flaws suck, and doubly so when the people who discover them go directly to the Internet with their exploit instead of contacting the developers so they can work on a patch. Thanks to Luca Todesco, tpwn is in the wild and Apple didn't have a chance to check it out ahead of time.
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