Take Control Of Filevault

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1615429824
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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 Sierra

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1492018112
Size: 23.99 MB
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Avoid anxiety and enjoy an easy upgrade! Upgrade with confidence as you follow Mac guru Joe Kissell's essential advice. You'll ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Sierra, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your main drive, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You'll also find full installation directions, plus suggestions on what to do immediately after the install. The book ends with a look at how to handle a failed or problematic installation. You'll experience an easy upgrade and deal quickly with post-installation quirks with these topics: Start fast: A 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 Sierra. Compatibility check: Make sure your hardware and software are ready for Sierra 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 anxiety by ensuring you can return 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. Picking a plan: Go for an easy in-place upgrade or consider a more complex clean install. Find out which option is right for you. Installing: Download and store the installer where it won't be deleted, 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 find 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 key decisions. Troubleshooting: Yikes! It is possible that something will go wrong during installation, or that once you've booted up under Sierra that you'll encounter a serious problem. Joe's time-tested troubleshooting advice will help get your system working again.

Take Control Of The Mac Command Line With Terminal

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1457191083
Size: 37.90 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.

El Capitan A Take Control Crash Course

Author: Scholle McFarland
Publisher: TidBITS
ISBN: 145719645X
Size: 70.34 MB
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Ascend El Capitan with Mac expert Scholle McFarland! Updated November 24, 2015 In this crash course about OS X 10.11 El Capitan, former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland helps you discover and master changes in the Finder as well as in Apple's Notes, Safari, and Messages apps. The book's browsable layout makes it easy for you to find the information that you care about the most as you learn how to set up notifications sensibly, do more (or less) with your Dock, invoke Mission Control and set up a Split View, take phone calls on your Mac, locate all manner of things with Spotlight search, work fluidly between Apple devices with Handoff and AirDrop, dictate to your Mac -- and even tell it what to do -- plus lots more. Scholle closes with two under-the-hood topics, setting up a user account (for a child, guest, or troubleshooting) and essential troubleshooting techniques. Whether you want to browse for a few tips or go deep, you'll learn about... Four techniques for invoking Mission Control, with its new Spaces Bar The new Split View, which puts two apps side-by-side in an elegant way How pinned tabs in Safari work differently -- and in some cases better -- than bookmarks The keyboard shortcut for auto-filling your personal information into a Safari form Finding the new checkbox for auto-hiding the menu bar How you can delete a file without emptying the entire Trash (finally!) What to do if you can't stand OS X's translucent menu bars and windows How to keep your Spotlight searches private The necessary settings for Handoff to work between devices Setting up the Mac's Notification Center so it's useful Using the Attachment Browser in El Capitan's new Notes app Deciding whether to use plain or enhanced dictation Making your Mac announce incoming alert notifications with a custom voice Setting up smart folders that bring tagged files into view easily Essential tips for decreasing Finder window overload with tabs Many picky details about AirDrop file transfer -- and ideas for alternatives Setting up an account for a child with parental controls and age-based limits What to do if your Mac won't turn on, if you get the spinning beachball of death, or if you need to repair your disk -- and how to easily find out if your Mac still has AppleCare As part of our Crash Course series, this book will provide the first-rate content you expect from us in short chunks so you can dip in and read quickly. Because so many Take Control readers give tech support to others, each concise chapter has sharing buttons and practical tweet-tips, making it easy to share a few pages with Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and others who really need the information. Crash Courses have a modern, magazine-like layout in PDF while retaining a reflowable design in the EPUB and Mobipocket versions.

Take Control Of Icloud

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1492018228
Size: 51.48 MB
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Understand its many features and limitations, get set up, and use iCloud! iCloud is a simple idea -- all your data on all your devices, via the cloud -- that becomes complex in the real world when you want it to work seamlessly so you can spend your time enjoying your media or doing actual work, instead of just fiddling with your computer. Whether you want to get a quick tip or take a deep dive into the inner workings of iCloud, this best-selling book is your ticket. You'll start by learning what iCloud can do, how it differs from other cloud services, and how best to set it up on Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows-based PCs. Joe then explains the key aspects -- and hidden gotchas -- of iCloud's core features, including iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing, Family Sharing, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library, iCloud Drive, Mail and Mail Drop, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, iCloud Keychain, the iCloud Web site, Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, Find My Friends, two-factor authentication, activation lock, Back to My Mac, and backing up and restoring iOS data. Joe also looks carefully at iCloud's new Desktop and Documents folder syncing feature in macOS 10.12 Sierra, as well as what the Optimize Mac Storage checkbox will do behind the scenes. Plus he helps you get started with copying and pasting between Apple devices using the new Universal Clipboard. You'll fly high with iCloud as you learn how to use: iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing: Move your photos around with iCloud Photo Library and/or My Photo Stream, and understand the many differences between the two. Plus, share photos with iCloud Photo Sharing. iCloud Storage: Apple gives you 5 GB of free storage space, and is happy to take your money if you want more. Find out which of your iCloud holdings count toward your storage allocation and which do not, and how to delete unwanted data. iCloud Drive: Understand the iCloud Drive folder in the Finder, get a grip on iCloud Drive peculiarities, consider the implications of Sierra's Optimize Mac Storage checkbox, and get real-world directions for using iCloud Drive to sync files. Desktop and Documents folder syncing: Read Joe's take on this feature, consider its quirks, and, if you do decide to turn it on, find directions for how to proceed. Family Sharing: Quickly set up a group to share a calendar, photos, Find My iPhone map, apps and media, and more. Also, take control of what a child may purchase with Ask to Buy. Mail: Understand what's on offer with an iCloud email account, and see how you can use Mail Drop for large attachments. Calendar, Contacts, and other bits: View and manage calendar and contact data, share calendars, and send invitations to events. Plus, get going with browser bookmarks, iCloud Safari tabs, Safari Reading List, Reminders, and Notes. iCloud Keychain: Store and sync login credentials and credit card details within Safari so you can access them later from any of your Apple devices. iCloud Web site: Use iCloud's Web interface for apps such as Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends. Find My...: Look in Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Mac to locate a device that's gone missing, and keep tabs on friends and family with Find My Friends. iCloud Backup: Manage your iOS backups in iCloud, and find steps for restoring your backup after a problem! Apple TV: Get more out of your Apple TV with iTunes Match, Photos, and iMovie Theater. Back to My Mac: Connect to a far-away Mac over the Internet and use file sharing and screen sharing just as though you were on the same network.

Take Control Of Upgrading To El Capitan

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TidBITS
ISBN: 1457196506
Size: 75.29 MB
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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 Passwords In Mac Os X

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1615422102
Size: 29.54 MB
Format: PDF
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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 Easy Mac Backups

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Publisher: TidBITS
ISBN: 1615420150
Size: 44.70 MB
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"Backup guru Joe Kissell teaches you the fastest and easiest way to create a complete Mac backup system from which you can restore your data after an accident or disaster--including versioned backups, an all-important bootable duplicate, and an offsite backup"--Resource description page.