How to avoid password-prompted phishing scams in iOS

Unfortunately, it’s easy for an app developer with malicious intent to create a pop-up dialog in iOS that exactly resembles a system-level message prompting for a password. Felix Krause, like other iOS developers and security advocates, have taken issue with this for years. Krause is the founder of fastlane, a project designed to speed app release … [Read more...]

iTunes 12.7: Can you <em>really</em> delete iOS apps stored by iTunes?

When Apple updated iTunes to version 12.7, it overhauled the iOS/iTunes interaction. We ran a guide, “iTunes 12.7: How to cope with the abrupt changes,” which answered most of your questions. But one thing I noted in passing continues to come up: several readers have asked if they can really, really dump the iOS application files that iTunes … [Read more...]

Safari bookmark sync out of whack? Here’s the solution

iCloud has a feature that lets you sync your Safari bookmarks across your Macs, iPhones, and iPads. However, Macworld reader Mark has a tale that sounds nearly appropriate for Halloween: disappearing and haunted bookmarks: I upgraded my MacBook recently and transferred everything across surprisingly easy. After a few weeks, the bookmarks … [Read more...]

How to markup and send a photo in iOS Messages

You know you can send pictures within the Messages app in iOS 10, but there’s a couple of levels of depth to it—including Markup features—that I wager many Messages users have rarely found. In a conversation, tap the Camera icon. A tiny live preview appears with a shutter button, as well as images from your library at right. Tap Camera. IDG Now … [Read more...]

How Optimized iPhone Storage works with iCloud Photo Library

If you use iCloud Photo Library, iOS has a feature called Optimize iPhone Storage to help save storage space on your iPhone. Your original photos and videos are kept in iCloud Photo Library, and optimized versions are kept on your iPhone.Macworld reader Alexandra asks about optimized photos, iCloud Photo Library, and uploads: I have Optimize iPhone … [Read more...]

macOS High Sierra: You don’t have to upgrade to APFS

macOS High Sierra offers the new Apple File System (APFS) that replaces the old HFS+ filesystem. While you can upgrade your Mac to use APFS, it's not currently required.APFS offers a lot of advantages for SSD performance and durability, as well as encryption for any type of drive. But it’s not backwards compatible with older versions of OS X or … [Read more...]

How to remove old sent messages from Mail in macOS

Email is one of those programs that you use, and then you realize that you have files dating back from a long time ago. Macworld reader Chris want to take control of the message in Apple’s Mail, specifically the messages he has sent. I swear I used to be able to control how long my sent mailbox kept old sent messages—I’m sure I set it to 1 month! … [Read more...]

Apple Photos 3: The changes, new features, and improvements you should know about

Photos 3, part of macOS High Sierra, doesn’t bring much that’s truly new. Apple acknowledges this by listing changes as a combination of improvements and enhancements, a welcome bit of frankness. And I’d argue it’s great news, because many of the rough spots in the Sierra release that we heard about repeatedly from readers who ran afoul of them … [Read more...]

You can mount HFS+ volumes with High Sierra and APFS

macOS High Sierra introduces a new file system call Apple File System, or APFS. APFS replaces the old file system, called HFS+. APFS has a lot of inherent advantages beyond just being modernized that improve reliability and speed. Chances are, however, that you have external hard drives and thumb drives formatted using HFS+.Reader Ted Tenny … [Read more...]

Apple’s two-step verification goes away with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a method of protecting an online account. The two factors—things that identify you—in 2FA: Something you yourself know, like a password; and something you have that can receive a token to confirm who you are, such as a smartphone.Apple’s original two-step system relied on its Apple ID site for set up and … [Read more...]

How to recover your files when your Mac won’t start up properly


When your Mac won't finish its startup process, how do you get access to the data? That's the problem facing reader Norma Moncrieff with her 2013 MacBook Pro. It won’t boot up. It does turn on, starts to load then freezes. I took it into Apple and they suggested a recovery service. She’d like to recover her photos. While Norma writes that she … [Read more...]

Can ransomware hijack Mac backups? Yes, but…

Mac users have so far avoided the scourge of ransomware sweeping the Windows world, where it’s the fastest-growing category of malware due to its simplicity: it encrypts your documents after gaining a foothold to run, and doesn’t have to mess with system-level stuff at all. Reader Dave has a concern related to backups though, after reading my … [Read more...]

Why continuous backups on your Mac are a good idea

A Macworld reader has concerns that continuous or frequently made automatic backups would impede performance on their computer. They want to only initiate backups manually. I’d argue this is a bad idea.Continuous backups that archive a file whenever changes are made or frequent backups, such as software that checks at a fast interval, like 15 or 60 … [Read more...]

How to delete iOS apps in iTunes for Mac to free up storage

Syncing your iPhone and iPad to your Mac is a good way to keep your devices organized. But if you like to download iOS apps, those apps take up a lot of sotrage space on your Mac. This is the case with reader Lauren King. She finds that a fair amount of storage on her Mac is occupied with iOS apps. She wonders, “Is there a way to delete them from … [Read more...]

How to keep Migration Assistant from overwriting existing files on a new Mac

The Mac has a great app called Migration Assistant that is very helpful when setting up a new Mac and you need to transfer files from an old Mac. Jim O’Reilly asks a great question about using Migration Assistant: If I use Migration Assistant, how can I avoid writing over on the new Mac files with the same name as the corresponding files from the … [Read more...]

How to set network connection priority on a Mac


With different networking options available—ethernet, Wi-Fi, iPhone tethering, etc.—you may find yourself in a situation where you want your Mac to automatically select one type of connection over another. A Macworld reader finds themselves in that exact situation. I’d like to connect to my grandma’s Wi-Fi connection so that I can use her printer. … [Read more...]

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