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

4:30 PM, Mar. 29th, 2016 · · Tips

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.

PSA: Apple Broke Fantastical on Apple Watch

2:58 PM, Mar. 28th, 2016 · · Tips

watchOS 2.2 breaks Fantastical on Apple Watch

watchOS 2.2 may fix several bugs, but it introduced new issues that effectively break Fantastical. Once Apple's latest and greatest Apple Watch update is installed, events stop appearing in Fantastical even though they show up in Apple's own Calendar app.

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

8:44 PM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · · Tips

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.

OS X: Troubleshooting Kernel Panics

9:05 AM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · · Tips

Troubleshooting Mac OS X kernel panics

So your Mac keeps rebooting itself when you're right in the middle of your work, and when it restarts, it's giving you some scary dialog boxes about sending reports to Apple. Unfortunately, there are lots of things that could be causing your problem, from bad third-party software to a misbehaving USB device. Fortunately, there are numerous resources to help you figure out what's going on, and we're going to discuss some in today's Quick Tip.

iOS 9.3: Sync PDFs Through iBooks

9:10 AM, Mar. 23rd, 2016 · · Tips

How to sync PDFs through iBooks in iOS 9.3

One of the less-touted (but still cool!) new features of iOS 9.3 is the ability to sync PDFs into iBooks through Apple's iCloud syncing service. In today's Quick Tip, we'll talk about how you'll enable that, where you can view those PDFs, and how to add new ones to your devices!

iOS Mail: Emailing Groups of People

9:10 AM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · Tips

How to use Groups in Mail on your iPhone

Today's Quick Tip is about emailing groups of people on your iPhone or iPad without having to type in each person's address every time. First off, how do you do it? Secondly, how do you add new groups? And what can you maybe, possibly expect to be frustrated by when you start using this feature? We'll reveal all in this article.

iOS 9: Turn Off Those Pesky “Frequently Visited” Sites

9:05 AM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · Tips

How to disable Mobile Safari's frequently visited sites option

Have you ever wondered about those weird sites listed as "frequently visited" within Safari on your iOS device? How do you delete them? And even better, how do you prevent the crazy places you've been from showing up there? Helping you keep your friends' respect is the subject of this Quick Tip.

Use the π Symbol on Your iPhone on Pi Day

11:06 AM, Mar. 14th, 2016 · · Tips

Today is Pi Day. While some people might say that Tau is more relevant than Pi, it's still Pi Day. With that in mind, you may want to wish your friends a happy Pi Day. And while that's cool, it's even cooler to wish them a Happy π Day (OK, well, it may or may not be cooler to do this, but it's definitely geekier!). We'll show you how to get the π symbol by adding a Greek keyboard to your iPhone.

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

5:30 PM, Mar. 10th, 2016 · · Tips

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.