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Security in the iCloud age

Wired's Mat Honan got hacked hard over the weekend, and the attacker wiped out his iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Protecting yourself from malicious ne'er-do-wells requires secure passwords, clever security answers, solid backups, and careful considerations.

MacBook Woe: A tale of a near Mac disaster, averted by good backups

The hard drive in Lex Friedman's MacBook Pro failed after a water-related disaster at 30,000 feet. Good backups and some good luck prevented a true data disaster.

Enable local Time Machine snapshots on a desktop Mac

Lion introduced local Time Machine snapshots for when your laptop isn't connected to your backup drive. But you can enable those local snapshots on a desktop Mac, too.

New year's resolution: A backup plan

Make a New Year's resolution you can keep: Start backing up your Mac. And we're going to make it as easy as possible.

Buying guide: External desktop hard drives

Mac's hard drive near capacity? Time to add more storage. Here's our guide to help you buy a new external desktop hard drive.

Hands on with Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Apple has released a simple utility for creating a bootable Lion Recovery volume from any external USB drive. While Apple's instructions for using Lion Recovery Disk Assistant seem simple enough, there's a lot more you should know.

How to encrypt an external hard drive in Lion

FileVault 2 not onlyencrypts your Mac’s internal drive, but it can also encrypt external drives. Interested in securing your data? We’ll take you through the steps here.

Use Lion's FileVault 2 to encrypt your Mac's internal drive

Apple latest Mac operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion includes FileVault 2, the latest version of Apple’s method of file encryption. In this how-to, we'll go through the steps on activating FileVault 2 for your Mac's internal startup drive.

How to partition an external hard drive

This tutorial goes through the steps of partitioning a hard drive using Disk Utility, which comes with every Mac.

How to partition a startup drive

When you buy a new Mac laptop, iMac, or Mac mini, the internal startup hard drive is set up with one partition. You can use Disk Utility to partition the startup drive, even while the startup drive is being used to boot your Mac.

How to format a hard drive

This article will show how to format a hard drive using Disk Utility, a helpful application that comes with every Mac. It’s easy, and takes a few minutes.

Moving data from an ancient laptop

What options do you have for moving data from an old PowerBook to a new iMac? None of them are easy.

My backup plan: Kirk McElhearn

We’ve covered the basics of how to keep your Mac backed up, and Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes has written about his own setup for backing up. Here’s the setup for Macworld contributor Kirk McElhearn.