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Beware the bulgy battery: lithium-ion batteries removed from laptops can still be dangerous

If a lithium-ion battery has overheated, smells, or has distended, take immediate steps for your safety.

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A reminder to iCloud users: Mail Drop attachments expire and disappear

It's a way for iCloud Mail users to send large files, but remember, they won't stay on file for very long.

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Should you look for an alternative to Apple’s AirPlay?

It sure feels like Apple is getting ready to to discontinue the streaming technology.

How to remove malware

If you've found malware on your system, what should you do about it? This video walks you through the steps of getting the bad stuff off your PC.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Better ways to view your iTunes media

Kirk McElhearn is here to help you with your iTunes questions.

How to Clean-install Windows without Bloatware

You can get rid of bloatware or other troublesome software by doing a clean install of Windows 10. Here’s how it works.

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How to be sure a drive has ejected from a Mac

macOS has several ways to properly eject a storage device.

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A drive and a partition: How to understand the difference when erasing Mac disks

When you want to format a hard drive, it helps to know the difference between a partition and a drive.

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How to stop macOS Photos from re-uploading all your images and videos

The spoiler: there’s no way to force iCloud Photo Library to recognize existing media, but you can pause or stop the uploads.

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How to block certain calls in iOS 10

Gain more control over what calls you receive with these apps.

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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.