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How to get El Capitan features without upgrading to El Capitan

If you don't want to or can't upgrade to El Capitan, there's still a way to get some of its features, thanks to third-party apps.

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Little Snitch keeps an eye on your Mac's Internet connections

Firewalls are good for blocking inbound network traffic, but what about your Mac's outbound traffic? Little Snitch keeps an eye out for you.

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The ins and outs of an OS X Permissions fix

The term "permissions fix" gets thrown around as a solution to all sorts of problems, like when your Mac slows down or experiences random crashes. Here's a guide to permissions, and various ways to run permissions fixes.

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8 reasons to use 1Password that don't involve storing passwords

If all you're doing is stashing logins and passwords in 1Password, you're not coming close to using all its abilities.

Spring cleaning for your Mac: How to consolidate files and remove duplicates

This week we tackle some of your storage questions, including consolidating, de-duplication, and management.

How to create a personal cloud with BitTorrent Sync 2.0

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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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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Unlocking Disk Utility’s hidden secrets

Disk Utility has a lot of talents, some less well known than others. Topher Kessler explores some of its more esoteric (though useful) features.

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Making more of Migration Assistant

Perhaps it's been ages since you've used Migration Assistant to move data from one Mac to another. Or maybe it's new to you. Either way, Chris Breen offers helpful tips for its use.

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Exploring the many miracles of Image Capture

If you haven't opened Image Capture, now's the time. Chris Breen presents six cool uses for this under-appreciated utility.

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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.