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How to block auto-play videos

If you're distracted by sites that shove audio and video at you while you're trying to read, Chris Breen has a solution.

Exploring Safari's preferences

Professor Breen continues his exploration of Safari with a look at its most helpful preferences.

A low-tech way to avoid NSA spying

Concerned that your messages are being monitored? Kerry Davis has a tip sure to confound NSA snoops.

Getting started with Safari

In this week's Mac 101 lesson, Chris Breen introduces the Web browser you may very well be using to read these words.

How to protect your PC from Prism surveillance

You have the right to be secure in your electronic communications. Here are a few tips on how to do it.

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What to do when Netflix, Google, and other browser plug-ins won't update

Lex Friedman couldn't successfully update the Google Hangouts plug-in, or the Silverlight plug-in that Netflix requires. After much trial and error, he found the fix.

Deleting stubborn Outlook messages

You've tried everything you can to delete a message in Outlook 2011, yet the darned thing resists every effort. Chris Breen offers a solution that works.

Making video calls with FaceTime

In this week's Mac 101, Professor Breen describes how to make and receive FaceTime video calls.

Doing more with Messages

Last week, Professor Breen took you on an extensive tour of Messages. This week, he wraps up the topic by looking at the application's screen-sharing, remote presentation, and archiving abilities.

Viewing project-related email archives

Yes, you can export email archives of related messages. More importantly, you can later read them in the way they were originally organized.

Make Mail and Gmail play nice

Apple's Mail is better than ever at helping you manage your email. Google's Web-based Gmail is pretty good in its own right, but how do you combine the two? David Chartier shares his method.

Dealing with junk mail

In this week's lesson, Professor Breen shows you how to avoid junk mail by using Mail and other tools and techniques.

Wrangling email: How I keep my inbox under control

Every person's system for dealing with the flood of incoming email messages evolves over time. Here's how one particularly savvy Mac and iPhone user does it.

Using Mail's rules, smart mailboxes, and VIPs

In this Mac 101 lesson, Professor Breen discusses the many ways Mail helps you filter and file your email automatically.