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How to use iCloud for continuity when restoring from an iOS backup

When migrating from one iOS device to another, iCloud provides continuity. If you’ve already set up a target device and logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID as on the device from which you’re migrating, you don’t lose anything synced with iCloud in the process.The only thing to watch out for is information you’ve created uniquely on the target … [Read more...]

Online security tools: The holiday gift that shows you really care

In an era of conspicuous consumption, many folks have shifted from material gifts to offering experiences or digital goods. Here’s a digital gift suggestion: Give the gift of security. With free and inexpensive options that pay huge dividends to the recipient, you can be the savviest and most beloved person in the house.Why give the gift of … [Read more...]

How to use Universal Clipboard with a password manager to cut-and-paste between macOS and iOS

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Getting a piece of text, an image, or other copied material from one device to another should require exporting it to a cloud or sync service and then re-importing it. Both iOS and macOS have a nifty trick up their sleeve that I think isn’t as well known as it should be: Universal Clipboard.It’s a nearly hidden feature that you can’t enable or … [Read more...]

How to use Migration Assistant to move a user account to another Mac

Apple makes it relatively painless to migrate data on one Mac to another. But you can also selectively migrate and split up multiple users on a single Mac into users across multiple Macs. You would do this if, for example, you have kids on a shared computer who now own their own, or if you’re leaving a job and want (and are allowed) to take your … [Read more...]

How to use multiple drives with Time Machine for redundant backups

When you create a backup system for your data, duplication is the best course of action. I don’t mean duplicating the files—that’s a requirement—but duplicating the destinations to which files are bound.Every form of backup media is destined to fail, and despite high reliability from cloud-backup services, you can’t put all your faith that any of … [Read more...]

How to use Handoff with iOS 12

Apple designed Handoff to make it easier to work seamlessly between a Mac and iOS. If you’re reading a text message on one device and pick up the other, you can open up to where you left off. Viewing a webpage? Handoff lets you bring up the same page on the other device with a click or a tap.But for a couple of versions at least, notifications in … [Read more...]

It’s time to switch your Mac backups from Time Capsule to Time Machine volumes

The Apple Time Capsule seemed like a great idea when it was unveiled about a decade ago. It was a Time Machine network backup target that also embedded a Wi-Fi gateway and ethernet sharing. Perfection, even if it was a little too expensive: It came with Apple technical support and warranty.But it didn’t play out with the promise it had. An internal … [Read more...]

How to use Apple’s new re-used password warning to reduce your risk of account hijacking

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The biggest risk when setting a password is when you re-use a password across sites and services. If you do this, you’re multiplying the risk of a breach at one of those services, allowing a cracker to try your account name and password from the breached service at other sites. If any match, they’ve now hijacked your account there, too.A unique … [Read more...]

Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

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Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office. … [Read more...]

Amped Wireless Smart Strip review: Most effective when it’s paired with an Amazon Echo or Google Home

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You can control its three outlets and two USB ports independently, but its app has weak timer features and no scene-control functions. … [Read more...]

How to consolidate media from old apps into a single Photos library

If you’ve used previous tools such as iPhoto and Aperture for managing your photos and videos, you can wind up with many libraries and miscellaneous files, and be unsure whether you have a definitive set of photos that’s not full of wasteful overlaps.That’s the case for Macworld reader John, who has libraries across several software programs and … [Read more...]

Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

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Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as a means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, password theft, or stolen iPhone backups.To read this article in full, please click here … [Read more...]

MacOS: How to change the default app for a file

Back in the pre-Mac OS X and macOS days, Apple’s System 9 and earlier relied on hidden metadata to associate files with apps. File extensions, those bits of text that follow a period at the end of a file (like .doc, .html, or .jpg) were optional, although often used for compatibility with other platforms and with web. On the web, file extensions … [Read more...]

How to export an image and a video out of a HEIF Live Photo via macOS

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A secret to why Apple’s Camera app on iOS produces great photos is that whenever the app is active, it keeps the camera active, not just when you press the button to capture an image. This helps it create fantastic high-dynamic range (HDR) images and produce a better photo when you tap that button by gathering information beyond that precise … [Read more...]

How Messages in the Cloud protects SMS (and how it doesn’t)

Apple recently released the long-awaited Messages in the Cloud feature through updates to iOS and macOS, and Macworld provided a how-to guide to enable it on your devices, and some warnings about the time it takes for your devices to upload all the cached messages they maintain.Macworld reader Lowell had a few questions that aren’t on the how-to … [Read more...]

Apple puts privacy and security foremost in iOS 12, macOS Mojave

As news stories show nearly every day, there’s a never-ending barrage of attempts to break into our online accounts, steal identities and cash, and hijack computers and mobile devices to use as bots in vast online armies. In the just-announced updates to iOS and macOS, Apple has tightened the security screws but also makes it easier for its users … [Read more...]

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