Wireless networks are easily hacked, and public networks are the least secure. I won’t take any chances; I’ll always encrypt my wireless connection.
Computers were supposed to make paperless offices possible, but most of us are surrounded by more pages than ever. It’s possible to break free from paper’s grip, however.
I will make life difficult for anyone trying to break into my Mac or my online accounts by choosing excellent passwords and protecting them properly.
I know that anyone can access my computer whenever I’m not looking, so I’ll try to prevent others from getting at my private data.
1Psswd offers a variety of capabilities, including letting you store more than one set of information per site, save passwords in one browser and use them in another, and create new passwords whenever you need to.
Imagine being able to access all your important documents from any computer with an Internet connection—or never having to buy, install, or upgrade office software again. You may already use a Web-based e-mail service instead of an e-mail client, but the next programs to go online could very well be your word processor and your spreadsheet program. You can now get a lot done with only a humble browser.
Google Calendar is very much like an online version of iCal. You can store events such as appointments and birthdays; set up meetings that you invite other people to attend; make events repeat on a schedule; view your events by day, week, month, or other time periods; set alarms; publish your calendars so that others can see your events (even in iCal!); and subscribe to public calendars such as lists of holidays and sporting events. And as in iCal, you can move an event simply by dragging it to a new time or day on the calendar.
Google wasn’t the first company to offer free e-mail accounts that you could access in a Web browser. But Gmail provides an unusually hefty amount of storage (at least 2.8GB per user), excellent spam filtering, and the convenience of fast, reliable Google searching through all those gigabytes of stored e-mail.
If you carry a laptop around just so you can show clients your latest marketing forecasts or call up sales figures at company meetings, you can save yourself some bother by using Google Spreadsheets instead. The program provides editable spreadsheets that are compatible with Microsoft Excel—and, best of all, you and your colleagues can modify them simultaneously.
Is password overload getting to you? With banks, e-commerce sites, and discussion forums—not to mention Mac OS X—all requiring logins and passwords, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep a handle on everything.
Until recently, no one would have thought seriously about doing word processing in a Web browser. As Google Docs capably demonstrates, those days are over. Docs both handles the basics and offers powerful collaboration features that make it easy to work on documents with other people.
By some estimates, spam now accounts for 80 percent of all e-mail sent. Even if you’ve taken steps to curtail spam in the past, you may need to adopt some new strategies to keep your inbox under control.
When you don’t back up your data, you choose to live life on the edge. But what sort of media should you use for storing your backups? You have numerous options, depending on your needs, preferences, and budget.
For most of us, e-mail has become a primary means of communication—which means that we have an ever-expanding list of messages to read and process. As with organizing your files, choosing strategies to implement will depend on whether you prefer to find a place for each message or to rely primarily on searches to sift through your mail.
Clutter not only slows you down by making it harder to find the files you need. If left unchecked, clutter can also bog down your Mac’s performance. The good news is that it’s never too late to get organized.