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Back up your Mac’s file to iCloud

Once you’re signed into iCloud on a Mac, you can backup your local files to the cloud via an iCloud Drive setting. Just go to System Preferences -> Apple ID and click on the “Options” button next to iCloud Drive and enable the setting for “Desktop and Document Folders.” Doing so will make it so […]

Use a two-way firewall on your Mac

The built-in firewall on your Mac only provides inbound protection, which prevents cyberattacks from threats outside of your network. By installing a two-way firewall, you’ll have outbound protection as well, which keeps malware that’s already in your system from being able to connect to the internet.

Turn off AirDrop when using public Wi-Fi

If you’re using the same network as strangers, set limits for file sharing so that nobody can intercept your messages or send you unwanted files. If you’re on a Mac, go to Finder, click on AirDrop, then find the setting called “allow me to be discovered by” and switch it to “no one.”  You can […]

Use the right local data backup solution for your PC or Mac

Backing up your files is essential not only for preserving important photos and documents, but also for having recourse if your computer is ever attacked. On Windows 8 and 10, you can use File History to back up to an external hard drive over USB. In Windows 7, Windows Backup does mostly the same thing. […]

Create multiple accounts on your Mac or PC

It’s usually a good idea to create at least two local accounts on your Mac or PC – one that has administrator privileges, and another that doesn’t. You’ll want to use the latter most of the time, except when performing admin-only tasks like installing apps or making updates. This setup can help protect you by […]

Only download software from trusted sources

If you spend enough time on a PC or Mac, you’ll probably run across websites begging you to click a link or button to download a program. Many of these programs should be avoided. You can increase your safety by configuring your device to only run programs from the official app store for its operating […]