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FileVault 2 encrypts your whole Mac, and Disk Utility can encrypt parts

Glenn Fleishman distills everything you need to know about encrypting files, disk images, or your Mac's entire hard drive.

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The many superpowers of Apple's Preview app: Part 1

Preview has some surprisingly robust abilities for working with photos.

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How to use benchmarks to cut through marketing hype

Does deleting large files or defragmenting your drive really make a difference? Run some tests and find out.

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How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac

Some people regret installing MacKeeper but can't figure out how to remove it. Chris Breen provides instructions.

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How to restore a missing recovery partition

A reader seems to be missing his OS X recovery partition after cloning one drive to another. Chris Breen offers a solution.

How to create a personal cloud with BitTorrent Sync

You don't have to keep your files in the cloud to get Dropbox-like syncing and sharing. Joe Kissell explains how to get started with BitTorrent Sync.

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Keyboard Maestro: 8 unexpected uses for the old-school Mac-hacking tool

The venerable Keyboard Maestro can do a lot more than just open an app when you hit a keyboard shortcut: It can launch all sorts of different actions using all kinds of different triggers. Here are eight super-useful (and surprising) examples.

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How to remove unwanted utilities from your Mac

Ridding your Mac of unwanted antivirus utilities isn't always a simple matter. Chris Breen explains how (and when) to remove it.

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How to access iCloud files from your Mac

iCloud is a black-box when it comes to document files: Normally, the only way access them is via the apps that made them. But there are ways to open that box.

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Four reasons you should use OS X's System Information utility

When it comes to troubleshooting hardware and software problems on your Mac, the utility formerly known as System Profiler can be a lifesaver.