How to slim down your inbox

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Robert Matheson desires a tidier inbox. He writes:

For years I’ve allowed all my incoming email to pile up in my inbox. That strategy has broken down to the point where I can’t find my important email. I want to be more organized but don’t know where to start. Any hints?

If you could see the office I inhabit, you might think better of asking me anything about organization. But while the immediate area around me may be a disaster, I’m fairly picky about my inbox—not Inbox Zero picky, but particular enough that the worst of my electronic effluent is not within eyeshot.

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How secure is iCloud?

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader John McKnight is concerned about iCloud’s security. He writes:

My wife has an iPhone 4s and we recently purchased an iPad Air. Both are set up to use iCloud. I don’t like having passwords and other kinds of personal information in the cloud and am thinking of attaching a password-protected storage device to my router so that I can create my own private “cloud.” Just how secure is iCloud?

It would be worth your while to read Apple’s iCloud: iCloud security and privacy overview document. As its name hints, it spells out how your data is encrypted—both when it’s transmitted between your computer and Apple’s servers and when it’s stored on those servers.

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How to transfer backups from Time Machine to a new Mac

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Mike Vogel is curious about configuring a new Mac with multiple transferred accounts. He writes:

My wife and I currently have our own MacBook Pros. As we are transitioning to iPads we are going to replace our oldest laptop with a new iMac. So for the first time I need to set up a Mac with multiple user logins. Both laptops currently run Snow Leopard. Is it possible to set up my profile by restoring from my Time Machine backup, and then my wife’s profile by restoring from her Time Machine backup? Or will I have to use Migration Assistant and manually port over data?

In order, the answer to your three questions are Yes, Yes, and Yes/No. Now to lend clarity to these somewhat unclear answers.

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Keep snooping relatives out of your stuff

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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A reader who wishes to remain anonymous (you’ll see why shortly) is concerned about his curious kin. He writes:

Over the upcoming holidays, members of my extended family will be sharing my Mac to check their email and surf the web. I have some files that I’d like to keep hidden from them. I’m particularly concerned that some of these files will appear in Spotlight. Is there any way to hide them?

I can recommend a few options.

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How to apply Finder Tags to applications

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Twitter follower Ben Collins (@shaolin108) has a question about Mavericks’ Finder Tags. He tweets:

Can you add Finder Tags to Mac App Store purchases in Mavericks? I’m making app categories (photos, utils, etc) and can’t get it working.
Change "everyone's" permissions to "Read & Write."
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How to downgrade your AirPort device's firmware

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Glen Green had some difficulty with a solution I recently offered. He writes:

In your recent article “Troubleshooting a ‘Busy’ Time Machine Backup” you discussed upgrading an AirPort Time Capsule’s firmware. I decided to follow these instructions and discovered that my Time Capsule was running firmware version 7.5.2 so promptly updated. Now the front light just keeps flashing yellow and in the Airport Utility under Status, it says “No DNS Servers.” What do I do now?

The first thing to try is resetting your network. To do that you’d follow the steps I outlined in that article. First, power down your broadband modem as well as the Time Capsule. Then plug in the modem until all the correct lights appear. And finally plug in the Time Capsule. When it fully boots it should get the proper information from the modem.

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Bugs & Fixes: Dealing with iPhone flash, low-quality Netflix, and Outlook junk issues

Ted Landau Senior Contributor, Macworld

For today’s Bugs & Fixes, I offer potential remedies to a trio of unrelated problems, each one too minor to justify an entire column to itself.

Preventing washed-out iPhone flash photos

Ever since getting my iPhone 5s, I’ve been having trouble with flash photos. Especially in very low-light situations, the result was often a washed-out picture, as you might get if the flash level was set far too bright. As there is no way to manually adjust the flash level, I was unsure how to deal with this.

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