Jeffery BattersbyMacworld

Jeffery Battersby is an Apple Certified Trainer, (very) smalltime actor, and regular contributor to Macworld. He writes about Macs and more at his blog, jeffbattersby.com.

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Fire up your Mac's firewall

OS X has a built-in firewall. Here's how to use it.

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Spam filtering on the cheap for your domain's email

Unwanted emails clogging your inbox? There are lots of web-based spam filters to help.

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Checking your Mac for viruses -- wait, what?

OS X does a pretty good job of stopping viruses and malware from attacking your computer. But there are steps you can take to further protect yourself.

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When adware attacks! And how to defeat it

If you download software from the Internet, you may have inadvertently installed adware on your Mac. Here's how to get rid of it.

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Save your bandwidth by using a caching server

If you have a multi-Mac setup, a caching server can help save time and money by taking a load off your Internet connection.

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The power of Pomodoro (or, how to slice your time to stay on task)

The Pomodoro Technique can help you focus on the task at hand. And there are plenty of Pomodoro timers to choose from.

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BusyContacts review: Keep your contacts close, and their social media feeds even closer

BusyMac's new contacts manager can keep you up to date on the doings of your contacts, but you need BusyCal to make the most of it.

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The best iOS services for tackling your taxes

Still need to file your taxes? Let your iPad help. Here's the rundown of TurboTax, H&R Block, and TaxACT's offerings for iOS.

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First look: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac doesn't feel like an afterthought

A free preview is available to try, and surprise, it provides a seamless experience with Office on other platforms.

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QuickBooks Online Self-Employed review: Untangle your business and personal expenses

If you work for yourself and file a Schedule C, this new version of QuickBooks can help. But it's not for everyone.

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Anypass review: This app mimics AirDrop between non-AirDrop capable Macs and iOS devices

Unless your Mac is running Yosemite and your iOS devices are running iOS 8, you can't use AirDrop to share files between them. That's where Anypass comes in.

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DocMoto for Mac review: Network-based document management tool tracks it all

We haven't seen any other document management app that matches the features, intelligence, or capabilities of DocMoto.

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Microsoft Word for iOS review: This classic word processor shines on every device

Microsoft's most recent update offers free editing for all, adds Dropbox integration, and now includes an app for your iPhone that you can use to create and edit documents.

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Microsoft Office for iOS goes free and full-featured on your iPhone

This latest update syncs your work between your iPhone and iPad and lets anyone create or edit documents — no Office 365 account required.

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Review: Wunderlist 3 for iOS and OS X shines at delegation

Wunderlist may be the best group task management app you'll ever put your hands on.