Take Control Of Filevault

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 1615429824
Size: 40.45 MB
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Updated January 13, 2015 Protect your Mac's data in the event of theft with Apple's FileVault! If your Mac were stolen, would you worry about the thief seeing your email, photos, financial data, and other sensitive information? OS X’s built-in FileVault encryption technology ensures that your Mac’s contents are safe from prying eyes, but if you’re hesitant to entrust your data to an algorithm before you understand how FileVault works, this book will dispel any misconceptions, answer your questions, and get you running FileVault with confidence. Security expert Joe Kissell begins by demystifying FileVault in a quick FAQ that explains, among other things, how it is that you can work with your startup drive normally even though all the data on it is encrypted. After the FAQ, Joe provides detailed steps for activating and using FileVault on both your startup volume and external drives. He also explains how FileVault interacts with your backups and how to use Find My Mac (because, remember, the point of FileVault is to protect your data in the event of theft) once you’ve turned on FileVault. Additional topics include making and using encrypted disk images, third-party software that can encrypt just a single file or folder, and accessing special FileVault features from the command line. FileVault facts and features that you'll master include: Essential tips for protecting external drives with FileVault Pros and cons of encrypting the backup of a FileVault-encrypted drive Important steps for safeguarding encrypted drives from motivated thieves Whether your data is safe when your Mac is sleeping Whether your data is safe from other logged-in users on the same Mac Pros and cons of letting Apple store your recovery key How to avoid panicking if you forget your FileVault password FileVault and Disk Utility features found only on the command line This book covers FileVault 2, which was introduced in 10.7 Lion and is far better than, and completely different from, the original version of FileVault (now called Legacy FileVault). Everything in this book works with 10.10 Yosemite and 10.9 Mavericks. A few minor things have changed over the years, but anyone with 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion should also find the book useful.

Take Control Of Upgrading To El Capitan

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 1457196506
Size: 63.57 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Make a smooth transition to OS X 10.11! Gain confidence and stay in control as Mac guru Joe Kissell explains how to ensure that your hardware and software are ready for El Capitan, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your main drive, eliminate digital clutter, prepare your Mac, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You'll also find full installation directions, plus advice on over a dozen things to do immediately after installation and troubleshooting techniques. The book covers upgrading from 10.10 Yosemite all the way back to 10.4 Tiger. It also looks at upgrading from the El Capitan public beta and at "upgrades" that involve moving your data to a new Mac from an old Mac or Windows PC. You'll experience an easy upgrade and quickly deal with post-installation quirks with these topics: Start fast: A two-page Quick Start overview helps you read lightly or more deeply, depending on your needs. Take in the view: Find out what you can look forward to in El Capitan if you are upgrading from 10.10 Yosemite, and get an idea of some of the important changes in store for you if you're upgrading from an older version of Mac OS X. Catch-up upgrade: If you're upgrading from 10.8 Mountain Lion or earlier (especially if you're coming from 10.4 Tiger or 10.5 Leopard), find out about significant changes and compatibility issues you can expect. Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for El Capitan, and consider whether this is a good time to buy new hardware, even if it's not essential for your upgrade. Backing up: Avoid upgrade stress by ensuring you can go back to the previous state of your Mac -- and that you can boot from your backup. Joe provides steps for carrying out this essential task in Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper. Cleaning up: Your operating system is getting a fresh start, but what about the rest of your stuff? Whether you need the disk space or just want to delete some digital detritus, you'll find helpful tips. You'll also run either Apple Hardware Test or Apple Diagnostics as well as Disk Utility, to be sure your disk is good to go. Prepping your disk: For those who need it, a chapter helps you handle special cases relating to disk encryption and partitioning. Picking a plan: Most people can go with an easy in-place upgrade, but some will want the more complex clean install. Find out which option is right for you. Installing: Find out the smartest way to download and store the installer, with special tips for people who want to install on multiple Macs or who have bandwidth limitations. And, although running the installer will be easy for many people, you'll get full steps for what to click and when. Post-installation tune-up: Make sure your new system is running smoothly by completing a few important housekeeping tasks and making a few decisions. Troubleshooting: Yikes! It is possible that something will go wrong during installation, or once you've booted up under El Capitan that you'll discover an important incompatibility. Joe's time-tested troubleshooting advice will help get your system working again. Migrating to a new Mac: If your "upgrade" includes moving from an older computer (a Mac or Windows PC) to a new Mac that's running El Capitan, learn the best way to move your user account and its data to the new Mac.

Take Control Of The Mac Command Line With Terminal

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 1457191083
Size: 51.20 MB
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Learn how to unleash your inner Unix geek! Updated Feb 2, 2016 If you've ever thought you should learn to use the Unix command line that underlies Mac OS X, or felt at sea when typing commands into Terminal, Joe Kissell is here to help! With this 167-page ebook, you'll become comfortable working on the Mac's command line, starting with the fundamentals and adding more advanced topics as your knowledge increases. Joe includes 50 real-life "recipes" for tasks that are best done from the command line, as well as directions for working with permissions, carrying out grep-based searches, creating shell scripts, and installing Unix software. "I found answers to many questions in your book, and I enjoyed reading it. I am definitely more confident now in facing the Mac command line. Thank you for the time and art that you spent to create such a clarifying text." --Mona Hosseini, grad student in Genomic Medicine and Statistics at the University of Oxford The book begins by teaching you these core concepts: The differences between Unix, a command line, a shell, and Terminal Exactly how commands, arguments, and flags work The basics of Terminal's interface and how to customize it Next, it's on to the command line, where you'll learn: How to navigate your Mac's file system Basic file management: creating, copying, moving, renaming, opening, viewing, and deleting files Creating symbolic links The types of command-line programs How to start and stop a command-line program How to edit a text file in nano What a profile is, why it's cool, and how to customize yours The importance of your PATH and how to change it, if you need to How to get help (Joe goes way beyond telling you to read the man pages) You'll extend your skills as you discover how to: Create basic shell scripts to automate repetitive tasks. Make shell scripts that have variables, user input, conditional statements, loops, and math. See which programs are running and what system resources they're consuming. Quit programs that refuse to quit normally. Enable the command line to interact with the Finder. Control another Mac via its command line with ssh. Understand and change an item's permissions, owner, and group. Run commands as the root user using sudo. Handle output with pipe (|) or redirect (>). Use grep to search for text patterns in files and filter output. Install new command-line software from scratch or with a package manager. Questions answered include: Which shell am I using, and how can I change my default shell? How do I quickly figure out the path to an item on my Mac? How can I customize my Terminal window so I can see man pages behind it? How can I make a shortcut to avoid retyping the same long command? Is there a trick for entering a long path quickly? What should I say when someone asks if I know how to use vi? How do I change my prompt to suit my mood or needs? What is Command Line Tools for Xcode? When it comes to package managers, which one should I use? "Very good! A pleasure to read, the right balance of coverage and clarity." --Brian G. Finally, to help you put it all together, the book showcases over 50 real-world "recipes" that combine commands to perform useful tasks, such as listing users who've logged in recently, using a separate FileVault password, figuring out why a disk won't eject, copying the source code of a Web page, determining which apps have open connections to the Internet, flushing the DNS cache, finding out why a Mac won't sleep, sending an SMS message, and deleting stubborn items from the Trash.

Read Me First A Take Control Crash Course

Author: Tonya Engst
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 1615429840
Size: 57.65 MB
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Find out what most tech writers hope you already know! Find out what most tech writers hope you already know in this free ebook by Tonya Engst. Tonya takes you behind the scenes, explaining why tech writers write the way they do and helping you decode the directions for everything from Desktops to directories, keys to menus, and paths to preferences. Although Read Me First: A Take Control Crash Course has plenty of basic information about using the Mac (and a few chapters about iOS), its focus is not on helping inexperienced users master important basics. Instead, it focuses on explaining the assumptions that tech writers make when writing directions. This book aims to make sure people reading technical documentation don't get stuck for the lack of basic know-how, such as how to match the name of your operating system with its numerical version, how to understand written shortcuts for navigating menus, what Control-click means, how to enter something on the command line, how to follow a path, and more. Because we feel strongly that everyone should know this information, the book is wired with social media options at the end of each chapter, so you can easily share individual chapters with anyone who could use the information.

Take Control Of Backing Up Your Mac

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1615423362
Size: 30.74 MB
Format: PDF
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Read along as backup guru Joe Kissell helps you pick the best backup strategy for your needs and understand the hows and whys of what you are doing, taking you far beyond the limited security of turning on Time Machine or copying a few files to a flash drive. You'll learn the three key parts of a successful backup strategy, advice for backing up digital photos and massive video projects, and time-tested recommendations for setting up, testing, maintaining, and restoring backups. Whether you're running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, or 10.5 Leopard, you'll soon have a reliable, up-to-date backup system. Includes coupons worth $30 off Data Backup and 10% off CrashPlan! Although the 210-page ebook is organized so you can start backing up without reading every page, the full ebook will teach you to: Design a reliable backup system. If you're developing a new backup system, you'll learn how to make it not only thorough, ensuring that all your data is safe, but also easy to manage. And if you're reassessing and redesigning an existing backup system, Joe provides detailed advice about how to evaluate it and offers guidance for improving and modernizing it. Talk like an expert. You'll understand terms like "versioned backups," "push" and "pull" backups, "duplicates," "server," "client," "incremental," "hard link," "metadata," "mirroring," and "snapshot." Shop for hardware. You'll discover the pros and cons of different backup media options such as hard drives (with USB, FireWire, eSATA, or Thunderbolt interfaces - and with or without full-disk encryption), flash drives, optical media, tape drives, RAIDs, Drobo storage devices, Time Capsules, and NAS and SAN devices. Choose backup software. You'll learn about 14 key features and find overviews and tips for 8 noteworthy backup products (an online appendix covers nearly 100 options), plus several suggestions for online backups. You'll also get Joe's personal recommendations to help you sort through the possibilities. Operate your Time Machine. You'll find what goes on beneath Time Machine's simple surface, and how best to make use of Apple's built-in backup system, including how Lion's local backups work when your Time Machine volume isn't available, and how to encrypt a Time Machine backup. Make backups. No matter what backup software you decide to use, Joe provides a conceptual walk-through of the entire process, offering basic information for people who've never made a backup before and savvy, real-world suggestions for making the backup process as easy as possible. Deal with special backup needs. You'll learn what to do about certain kinds of data that may require special backup strategies, such as large media archives, frequently changing files that need special versioned backup treatment, and Windows files and volumes hosted on your Mac. Recover lost data. Use your backup to recover lost data successfully in the event of a hard disk crash or other calamity. After all, restoration is what's really important.

Take Control Of Passwords In Mac Os X

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 193367167X
Size: 76.80 MB
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You'll also learn how to handle: Passwords on your Mac (login, master, root, firmware, email, AirPort, keychains) Interactions between your Web browser and your stored passwords Syncing passwords between Macs, and to your iPhone or iPod touch Use Apple's Keychain Access password manager Getting started with a third-party password manager Planning for what to do if your software (or your brain) forgets key passwords Solving password-related problems Save 20% on 1Password, Joe Kissell's favorite password management utility! "Take Control of Passwords in Mac OS X is outstanding. It's very thoughtful and well presented. I've spent more time than the average person thinking about this topic, and still I learned some things from your book." --James Tummins Read this ebook for advice on these password-related issues: Coming up with secure passwords that are easily remembered and typed Keeping track of impossible-to-remember passwords Setting up sensible passwords that control access to your Mac Reducing hassle by making your Mac automatically log you in to Web sites Balancing security with the annoyance of frequent password entry Understanding the purpose of the common Mac keychains Finding and viewing the passwords that your Mac has tracked for you Syncing passwords between different Macs (or with an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) Planning for disaster - what if you're injured and someone else needs your passwords? Deciding whether you should memorize your passwords, write them down, or have your Mac store them

Take Control Of Upgrading To Mountain Lion

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1615428771
Size: 62.93 MB
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In particular, you'll learn how to: Manage iCloud: During your Mountain Lion installation, you'll be asked for an Apple ID, but should you enter one? And, if you have more than one, which one? You'll find advice for sorting out your Apple ID before you enter the installer. Upgrade from Tiger or Leopard: How will you download the installer from the Mac App Store on one of these Macs? What about Rosetta for PowerPC-based apps? Joe answers these questions and discusses the special challenges you'll encounter when trying to upgrade efficiently from 10.4 Tiger or 10.5 Leopard. Handle Your Hardware: Check for Mountain Lion compatibility, clear extra files and software off your disk, and test your Mac to be sure all the hardware and disks are running properly--better to discover and correct a problem now than on upgrade day. Deal with duplication: Learn why having a duplicate of your hard disk is essential before installing Mountain Lion, and how to make one. Also, get help with backing up a Windows volume, should you be running Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp. Consider a few geeky details: If you secure your data and documents with disk encryption now, or would like to under Mountain Lion, get advice on what to do before you upgrade and learn why Joe likes Apple's FileVault 2. Also, read what Joe thinks of partitioning and what you might want to do about it before installing. Do the upgrade: Run the Mountain Lion installer, choosing all the optimal settings and options for your computer and tastes, and make sure all your personal data is still in place afterward. Perform post-installation tasks: You're not done when the installer is - be sure to run Software Update, set up necessary user accounts, and (perhaps) turn on FileVault and Time Machine. You'll find help with troubleshooting any problems that may have occurred with your upgrade. Go beyond the basics: Joe even covers topics such as the basics of installing Mountain Lion Server; moving from an older Mac to a newer one that already has Mountain Lion installed; and using Recovery mode to fix disk problems, reinstall Mountain Lion, and perform other maintenance tasks.

Big Book Of Apple Hacks

Author: Chris Seibold
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 144934352X
Size: 73.35 MB
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Bigger in size, longer in length, broader in scope, and even more useful than our original Mac OS X Hacks, the new Big Book of Apple Hacks offers a grab bag of tips, tricks and hacks to get the most out of Mac OS X Leopard, as well as the new line of iPods, iPhone, and Apple TV. With 125 entirely new hacks presented in step-by-step fashion, this practical book is for serious Apple computer and gadget users who really want to take control of these systems. Many of the hacks take you under the hood and show you how to tweak system preferences, alter or add keyboard shortcuts, mount drives and devices, and generally do things with your operating system and gadgets that Apple doesn't expect you to do. The Big Book of Apple Hacks gives you: Hacks for both Mac OS X Leopard and Tiger, their related applications, and the hardware they run on or connect to Expanded tutorials and lots of background material, including informative sidebars "Quick Hacks" for tweaking system and gadget settings in minutes Full-blown hacks for adjusting Mac OS X applications such as Mail, Safari, iCal, Front Row, or the iLife suite Plenty of hacks and tips for the Mac mini, the MacBook laptops, and new Intel desktops Tricks for running Windows on the Mac, under emulation in Parallels or as a standalone OS with Bootcamp The Big Book of Apple Hacks is not only perfect for Mac fans and power users, but also for recent -- and aspiring -- "switchers" new to the Apple experience. Hacks are arranged by topic for quick and easy lookup, and each one stands on its own so you can jump around and tweak whatever system or gadget strikes your fancy. Pick up this book and take control of Mac OS X and your favorite Apple gadget today!