A Network Scanner Helps You Secure Your Wi-Fi Router

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Network scanner

When you secure your Wi-Fi or wired router, a network scanner is an essential utility you should have on your Mac and iOS device. Jeff Butts has explored several options for letting you know what devices are connected to your network, and gives you an overview of what they can and cannot do.

Get Free Bitcoins from 21 Faucets That Pay

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Bitcoins Raining Down

We’ve put together a Bitcoin Faucet Guide with 21 faucets that we’ve confirmed pay out when and how they say they will. Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: added another faucet to the confirmed pay list. Updated descriptions of other faucets.]

Evade the macOS 'Too Many Open Files' Error by Pushing the Limits

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too many files open

Here at Mac Observer, we’re penultimate geeks. We push our Macs to the limits, and then find ways to surpass those limits. macOS has limits put in place that result in occasional error messages about “too many open files,” which one of the team ran afoul of. Jeff Butts dove deep into the core of macOS and found out how to increase the limits Apple has imposed upon us.

macOS: How to Copy Files as Pathnames

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If you need to reference a file or a folder with a really long pathname, then don’t waste your time typing out the whole thing when there’s a shortcut to help you! Today’s Quick Tip is about a better, faster way to point people toward items on their Macs, and Melissa Holt’s got the scoop.

macOS: How to Roll Back the Firmware on Your AirPort

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If you update your Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme and your network starts having issues, then just go and roll back the version you installed! This little-known feature will let you revert the firmware on your Apple network devices in case you run into trouble, and Melissa Holt’s gonna tell us how in today’s Quick Tip.

iOS 10.3: How To Hide News Sources In Apple News

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When Apple News was first launched, iPhone users had the ability to block news sources. If you read a story you didn’t like, or just didn’t like a particular website, you could hide all of their stories from Apple News. But with the release of iOS 10.3, Apple slightly changed how Apple News worked. But it’s still possible to tweak your news feed, and Andrew Orr shows us how.

The 5 Best Terminal Commands for Your Mac

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Terminal commands on macOS are powerful

As powerful as the graphical user interface is on macOS, there’s still a lot more you can do from the Terminal. Whether it’s turning on repeating keys or hiding a folder from prying eyes, the Terminal holds a lot of potential. Jeff Butts walks us through his favorite five tips and tricks for using the Terminal to unleash more of the power of your Mac.

macOS: How To Disable Webcam on Your Mac

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disable webcam on your Mac

Our front-facing cameras are terrific, but they are also a security risk. Jeff Butts tells you how to disable your FaceTime Camera, iSight, or other webcam on a Mac without resorting to leaving the sticky residue of tape behind.

iOS Tip: Be Careful When Blocking Safari Cookies

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Blocking Cookies

Andrew Orr had a funny little incident over the weekend while using iOS. One night, he decided to control his Safari cookies by having the browser always block cookies. Everything seemed okay at first. Then the next day, he cleared his website history and data. What happened next will change your way of thinking.

Could Facebook Become the New Web of Trust? Maybe!

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Facebook and the Web of Trust

Jeff Butts has never been a fan of OpenPGP, because the Web of Trust it relies upon is, well, unreliable. That might change, because Jeff has discovered a feature in Facebook that could allow the social media giant to become the new Web of Trust.