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How to encrypt a bootable clone in macOS

A reader wants to protect the bootable clone he makes of his startup volume just as effectively.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Buying music from Apple Music, ripping noisy CDs, file names

Searching for answers to iTunes and Apple Music? Ask The iTunes Guy, Kirk McElhearn.

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How to quickly check that your home IoT devices are secure

Don't let your smart clock expose you to hackers. A web app from BullGuard can help.

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How to delete images from Photos for macOS without getting rid of them

A reader wants the convenience of deleting images without the ticking clock imposed in Photos: hiding media is the right solution.

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How to avoid deleting photos from iCloud while traveling

Another twist in the ongoing untangling of iCloud Photo Library and local storage comes via a reader's mother.

How to recover your system from a Ransomware attack

After infecting a system with Locky Ransomware, CSO attempted to recover it using basic tools and backups

What a Locky Ransomware attack looks like

CSO Online's Steve Ragan infects a laptop with Locky Ransomware

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How to make sure Time Machine backs up external drives

A reader wants to shift his Photos and iTunes libraries to an external drive and ensure they're backed up by Time Machine.

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How to connect another building on your property to your house over Wi-Fi

A reader wants to hook her workshop into a home Wi-Fi network, and can’t make it work with Apple gear.

The iTunes Guy

Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes libraries on the new MacBook Pro, orderly audiobook playback

How can you store a large iTunes library on a SSD-equipped MacBook Pro with limited storage? Kirk McElhearn has a few suggestions.

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How to change your default font for viewing and composing in macOS Mail

It's easy to switch the default font in Mail—when it works.

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Where to find Safari’s downloads list

The downloads button plays hide-and-seek with Mac users.

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How to open a disk image’s Library folder

A reader wants to access the Library folder that’s stored on a mounted disk image.

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How to use Levels adjustments in Photos and how to use Copy Adjustments to tweak other images

Apple's Photos has powerful tools for making your pictures you spectactular.

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Should you keep using an old Time Capsule to rotate for off-site storage?

A reader wonders about putting a former Time Capsule into a secondary position in her backup queue.

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How to use NetSpot to map out your Wi-Fi network

This helpful Mac app can be used to fix weak spots in your wireless coverage.

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Don’t delete your photos after turning on iCloud Photo Library

With iCloud Photo Library on, clearing storage space isn't a trivial task.