How to Update Any Icon on Your Mac

7:50 PM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · · Mountain Lion

Back in the day you could tell who the serious Mac users were because they had the skills to customize the icons for their hard drive and other icons. You can do the same in OS X, and it's even easier now. Kelly explains how to swap out icons, and sources for more.

OS X: Use Shortcuts to Jump Around in Text

7:55 AM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · · Mountain Lion

If you didn't know that you could use keyboard shortcuts to move to the beginning or end of a line, paragraph, or document under OS X, then boy, do we have a Quick Tip for you. In this article, we'll cover our most-used shortcuts, and we'll even point you toward a list of dozens more you can use if you're so inclined. We're good like that.

OS X: Using Spotlight’s Privacy Features

8:55 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · · Mountain Lion

Got some folders that you don't want prying eyes to see? Even if you've hidden them well, they'll still show up in Spotlight searches. Fortunately, this isn't a gigantic bummer if you know how to prevent Spotlight from revealing all of your secrets, so we'll help you keep your embarrassing folders private in this Quick Tip.

Apple Patches FREAK Security Flaw for the Mac

9:12 AM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · · Mountain Lion

Apple released Security Update 2015-002 for the Mac late on Monday that patches the FREAK security flaw on OS X 10.8 and higher. Apple promised last week a patch was coming soon.

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Seeing FREAK patched is great, and it's also a good reminder that governments forcing weak encryption on us is a really bad idea.

Apple Warns Developers Garbage Collection is Dead, Move to ARC

11:12 AM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · · Mountain Lion

Apple has issued a warning to developers that it has deprecated the garbage collection feature used for memory management in favor of Automatic Reference Counting, or ARC. New Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store starting in May will be required to use ARC.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac Free 6-Month Subscription

6:09 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · · Mountain Lion

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac Free 6-Month Subscription

If you've been thinking about trying out antivirus software on your Mac, we have a deal that will let you do it for free. It's a 6-month subscription for Bitdefender Antivirus Software for Mac, and you can get it for free through our friends at Stack Social. It works with Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite. There's additional information on the deal's page.

How to Restore Missing iPhoto Image Thumbnails

11:01 AM, Jan. 28th, 2015 · · Mountain Lion

Using iPhoto to manage the photos from your iPhone, iPad, and digital camera is fine unless the thumbnails showing you previews of your snapshots disappear. Keeping track of your pics when you can't actually see them isn't very productive, but there is a fix for that. Read on to learn how to resurrect your missing iPhoto image thumbnails.

Apple Blocks Flash on the Mac Following Major Security Exploit

7:52 PM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · Mountain Lion

Apple has updated its Flash Player blacklist again, this time blocking versions lower than 16.0.0.296 and 13.0.0.264. The move follows a zero-day exploit currently targeting Windows PCs that could also potentially go after Macs, too.

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If you don't need Flash Player on your Mac, don't install it. Flash is an ongoing security headache that doesn't seem to be improving despite Adobe's constant updates.