Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac 4th Edition

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac  4th Edition
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2022-05-30
ISBN: 199078304X
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac 4th Edition Book Excerpt:

Set up a rock-solid backup strategy so that you can restore quickly and completely, no matter what catastrophe arises. Version 4.3, updated May 30, 2022 This book helps you design a sensible backup strategy, choose and configure the best backup hardware and software for your needs, and understand how to make your backups as painless as possible. The fourth edition of this title applies to macOS 10.14 Mojave through macOS 11 Big Sur.n Creating and maintaining a solid backup plan is essential to anyone who uses a Mac, in order to prevent the loss of important data if disaster strikes—whether through hardware or software failure, theft, human error, or other mishap. In Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, Fourth Edition, tech expert Joe Kissell explains how to design a sensible backup strategy, choose and configure the best backup hardware and software for your needs, and understand how to make your backups as painless as possible. His advice is equally useful to those who have never had a backup system and those whose backup systems are in need of an update. The fourth edition, a major rewrite, fully delves into the new challenges presented by Big Sur and Monterey, M-series Macs, and the ever-changing landscape of Mac backup hardware, software, and cloud services. It features entirely rethought advice about bootable (and non-bootable) duplicates, backup media, and disk formats, as well as changes in Time Machine and the weird world of APFS snapshots. This book covers macOS 10.14 Mojave through macOS 12 Monterey. Using this book, you’ll learn how to: • Design (or update) the ideal backup system: If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll find all the information necessary to assemble a reliable and easy-to-use backup system. If you’re updating an existing system, you’ll learn about what’s new in hardware, software, and online services that might affect the way you back up your Mac in the future. • Choose backup software: Apple’s Time Machine is both free and easy to use, but it’s not the best choice for everyone, and even if you do use Time Machine, you’ll certainly want to supplement it with other tools. You’ll learn about key features to look for in a backup app and find tips on using several popular tools. You’ll also discover the pros and cons of cloud backup services, and get help choosing the right one. (An online appendix covers dozens of apps and services.) • Shop for hardware: Depending on your needs and goals, you may need one or more external SSDs or hard drives, but the range of options (sizes, interfaces, speeds, and more) can be bewildering. Joe helps you find the best backup hardware, whether it’s individual SSDs or hard drives, RAIDs, NAS devices, or other options. • Make and maintain backups: Once you’ve selected hardware and software, you’ll need to know how to make your first backup, set up your backups to run unattended, and test them regularly to make sure they’re working as they should. This includes both versioned backups (which contain old file versions and deleted files) and—for some users—bootable or non-bootable (data-only) clones. And, you’ll learn about strategies for keeping extra backups offsite. • Operate Time Machine: If you choose Time Machine for versioned backups, you’ll learn how to back up and restore individual files, app-specific data (such as contacts), and even an entire disk. You’ll also discover why and how to encrypt Time Machine backups, how APFS snapshots work (inside and outside Time Machine), and what to do if Time Machine misbehaves. • Deal with unusual backup needs: If you deal with exceptionally large files (such as audio and video files), spend a lot of time on the road away from your usual backup hardware, run Windows on your Mac, or rely on cloud services to store essential data, you’ll want to take extra (or different) steps to make sure everything is safely backed up. • Manage your media: What happens when a backup drive fills up, or becomes so old that you worry about its future reliability? What if you want to archive older files for posterity, but not necessarily maintain them as part of your daily backups? Joe explains how to deal with media management tasks such as these. • Recover lost data: Backing up data can be easy, but restoring it is often more challenging. When you discover that data is missing—whether due to a disk error, theft, or a simple mistake—you need to know the exact steps needed to recover it and get back to work as soon as possible.

Take Control of Your Passwords 3rd Edition

Take Control of Your Passwords  3rd Edition
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2021-07-28
ISBN: 1947282182
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Your Passwords 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Overcome password frustration with Joe Kissell’s expert advice! Version 3.2, updated July 28, 2021 Password overload has driven many of us to take dangerous shortcuts. If you think ZombieCat12 is a secure password, that you can safely reuse a password, or that no one would try to steal your password, think again! Overcome password frustration with expert advice from Joe Kissell! Passwords have become a truly maddening aspect of modern life, but with this book, you can discover how the experts handle all manner of password situations, including multi-factor authentication that can protect you even if your password is hacked or stolen. The book explains what makes a password secure and helps you create a strategy that includes using a password manager, working with oddball security questions like “What is your pet’s favorite movie?”, and making sure your passwords are always available when needed. Joe helps you choose a password manager (or switch to a better one) in a chapter that discusses desirable features and describes a dozen different apps, with a focus on those that work in macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android. The book also looks at how you can audit your passwords to keep them in tip-top shape, use two-step verification and two-factor authentication, and deal with situations where a password manager can’t help. The book closes with an appendix on helping a relative set up a reasonable password strategy for those whose friends or relatives have distressing password strategies, and an extended explanation of password entropy for those who want to consider the math behind passwords. This book shows you exactly why: • 9-character passwords with upper- and lowercase letters, digits, and punctuation are not strong enough. • You cannot turn a so-so password into a great one by tacking a punctuation character and number on the end. • It is not safe to use the same password everywhere, even if it’s a great password. • A password is not immune to automated cracking because there’s a delay between login attempts. • Even if you’re an ordinary person without valuable data, your account may still be hacked, causing you problems. • You cannot manually devise “random” passwords that will defeat potential attackers. • Just because a password doesn’t appear in a dictionary, that does not necessarily mean that it’s adequate. • It is not a smart idea to change your passwords every month. • Truthfully answering security questions like “What is your mother’s maiden name?” does not keep your data more secure. • Adding a character to a 10-character password does not make it 10% stronger. • Easy-to-remember passwords like “correct horse battery staple” will not solve all your password problems. • All password managers are not pretty much the same. • Your passwords will not be safest if you never write them down and keep them only in your head. But don’t worry, the book also teaches you a straightforward strategy for handling your passwords that will keep your data safe without driving you batty.

Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal 3rd Edition

Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal  3rd Edition
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2022-04-13
ISBN: 1990783031
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Learn how to unleash your inner Unix geek! Version 3.2, updated April 13, 2022 This book introduces you to the Mac’s command line environment, teaching you how to use the Terminal utility to accomplish useful, interesting tasks that are either difficult or impossible to do in the graphical interface.n If you've ever thought you should learn to use the Unix command line that underlies macOS, or felt at sea when typing commands into Terminal, Joe Kissell is here to help! With this 228-page book, you'll become comfortable working on the Mac's command line, starting with the fundamentals and adding more advanced topics as your knowledge increases. Now includes complete coverage of Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina, and zsh! Joe includes 66 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. The book begins by teaching you these core concepts: • The differences among 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 directory structure • 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 • How to customize your prompt and other shell defaults • 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 (> or <). • Use grep to search for text patterns in files and filter output. • Install new command-line software from scratch or with a package manager. • Use handy shortcuts in the Terminal app itself and in zsh. Questions answered include: • What changed on the command line in macOS 12 Monterey and macOS 11 Big Sur? (Not much, unless you have an M-series Mac!) • What changed on the command line in macOS 10.15 Catalina? (A lot!) • What are the differences between the zsh shell and the bash shell? • 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? Finally, to help you put it all together, the book showcases 66 real-world "recipes" that combine commands to perform useful tasks, such as listing users who've logged in recently, manipulating graphics, using a separate FileVault password, creating and editing user accounts, figuring out why a disk won't eject, copying the source code of a webpage, 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.

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac 3rd Edition

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac  3rd Edition
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2017
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Set up a rock-solid backup strategy so that you can restore quickly and completely, no matter what catastrophe arises. Creating and maintaining a solid backup plan is essential to anyone who uses a Mac, in order to prevent the loss of important data if disaster strikes--whether through hardware or software failure, theft, human error, or other mishap. In Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, Third Edition, tech expert Joe Kissell explains how to design a sensible backup strategy, choose and configure the best backup hardware and software for your needs, and understand how to make your backups as painless as possible. His advice is equally useful to those who have never had a backup system and those whose backup systems are in need of an update. This book covers 10.9 Mavericks or later, including 10.13 High Sierra. Using this book, you'll learn how to: Design (or update) the ideal backup system: If you're starting from scratch, you'll find all the information necessary to assemble a reliable and easy-to-use backup system. If you're updating an existing system, you'll learn about what's new in hardware, software, and online services that might affect the way you back up your Mac in the future. Choose backup software: Apple's Time Machine is both free and easy to use, but it's not the best choice for everyone, and even if you do use Time Machine, you'll certainly want to supplement it with other tools. You'll learn about key features to look for in a backup app and find tips on using several popular tools. You'll also discover the pros and cons of cloud backup services, and get help choosing the right one. (An online appendix covers nearly 100 apps and services.) Shop for hardware: For most users, hard drives make an excellent backup destination, but the range of options (sizes, interfaces, speeds, and more) can be bewildering. Joe helps you find the best backup hardware, whether it's individual hard drives, RAIDs, Drobo storage devices, Time Capsules, or NAS devices. Make and maintain backups: Once you've selected hardware and software, you'll need to know how to make your first backup, set up your backups to run unattended, and test them regularly to make sure they're working as they should. This includes both versioned backups (which contain old file versions and deleted files) and bootable clones. And, you'll learn about strategies for keeping extra backups offsite. Operate Time Machine: If you choose Time Machine for versioned backups, you'l ...

Take Control of Your Paperless Office 3rd Edition

Take Control of Your Paperless Office  3rd Edition
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 149
Release: 2017-03-21
ISBN: 1615424849
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Your Paperless Office 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Digitize your documents while reducing incoming and outgoing paper! Updated 03/21/2017 Join Joe Kissell as he helps you clear the chaos of an office overflowing with paper. With Joe’s guidance you can develop a personal clean-up strategy and choose your Mac-compatible tools—a scanner and the software you need to perform OCR (optical character recognition)—plus devices and services for storing your digitized documents and tools to categorize, locate, and view your digital document collections. Once you have your gear in hand, Joe shows you how to convert your paper documents to digitized files and gives you ideas for how to organize your office workflow, explaining how to develop day-to-day techniques that reduce the amount of time you spend pressing buttons, launching software, and managing documents. Bonus! The book also comes with downloadable “folder action” AppleScripts that simplify the process of OCR-ing PDFs in Adobe Acrobat, ABBYY FineReader Express, PDFpen/PDFpenPro, and Readiris. Save or move a PDF in the appropriate folder, and the script does the rest! You’ll master these paper-reducing skills: • Scanning or photographing documents you find while out and about—business cards, receipts, menus, flyers, and more—so you keep only digitized versions. Joe discusses a variety of mobile scanning options, with an emphasis on using a camera-equipped iOS device, but with mention of a few options for Android smartphones. • Creating a digitized image of your signature so you can sign and share documents digitally, rather than printing them for the sole purpose of signing them with a pen. • Setting up your computer to send and receive faxes so you can avoid using a physical fax machine with paper input and output. Joe describes online fax services and using a fax modem (note that fax modem support is not available in macOS 10.12 Sierra). Joe also discusses standard techniques for reducing paper—paperless billing, online bank statements, reducing unwanted catalogs and junk mail, and more, as well as less common practices, such as paperless postal mail services and check depositing services. You’ll find answers to numerous questions, including: • What is a searchable PDF, and why is it key to a paperless office? • What differentiates document scanners from other types of scanners? • What’s a book scanner? • What if I need a mobile, portable scanner? • What does TWAIN stand for, and should my scanner support it? • Why do I need OCR software, and what features should I look for? • What scanners and OCR products does Joe recommend? • How can I automate my workflow for scanning documents? • How should I name and file my digitized documents? • What paper documents should I keep in physical form? • How do I use common tools to add a signature to a PDF? • How can I access my digital documents remotely? • How should I back up my important digital documents?

Take Control of Automating Your Mac 4th Edition

Take Control of Automating Your Mac  4th Edition
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2022-07-22
ISBN: 1990783104
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Automating Your Mac 4th Edition Book Excerpt:

Work faster, increase your efficiency, and have more fun with automation! Version 4.0.1, updated July 26, 2022 Looking for ways to work smarter and faster with your Mac? In this updated and expanded fourth edition of his popular guide to Mac automation, Joe Kissell shows how anyone, at any level of experience, can save time and effort, and avoid unnecessary errors, by using automation techniques that range from the simplest keyboard shortcut to the most complicated script. Note: This edition of the book covers macOS from Catalina through Monterey. In this book, Joe teaches you how to automate routine tasks in a wide variety of ways. You can begin by making the most of productivity features such as Siri, Spotlight (for launching apps), and text replacement—and then move on to the more sophisticated automation tools built into macOS, such as Shortcuts, Automator, AppleScript, services, and shell scripts. In addition, Joe gives extensive information about third-party automation apps that can make a huge difference to your work efficiency, such as Keyboard Maestro, TextExpander, OmniGraffle, and many more. As an extra bonus, the book includes coupons for discounts on seven automation apps! Whether you’re new to automation, you just need a refresher, or you’re experienced with automation but want to go deeper, this book can teach you the skills you need to automate with ease. Take back your time, work more efficiently, and have more fun with your Mac, with Take Control of Automating Your Mac, Fourth Edition! With this book, you’ll learn how to: • Get started with the built-in macOS automation tools, including Shortcuts, Automator, AppleScript, and shell scripts • Take full advantage of input devices to save clicks and keystrokes • Customize toolbars and your Touch Bar to put hard-to-find controls at your fingertips • Use your voice to control your Mac with Siri and Voice Control/Dictation Commands • Automate text expansion for faster, more consistent typing • Control the Finder with a launcher and by organizing files with Hazel • Supercharge your clipboard to remember and reformat previous copies • Write macros in Microsoft Office and Nisus Writer Pro • Create rules to file email automatically in Apple Mail and Outlook • Log in to websites faster with a password manager • Automate cloud services with IFTTT and Zapier • Set up automatic backup and syncing • Use Omni Automation for JavaScript-based automation tasks • Control nearly anything on your Mac with Keyboard Maestro

Take Control of Your Apple ID 3rd Edition

Take Control of Your Apple ID  3rd Edition
Author: Glenn Fleishman
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2022-08-26
ISBN: 1778043925
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Your Apple ID 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Prevent (or solve) problems with your Apple ID! Version 3.3, updated August 26, 2022 This book covers everything you need to know about configuring an Apple ID account, interactions with iCloud-based services, and troubleshooting account access. Your Apple ID is much more than a simple username. It's a key that unlocks a long list of Apple products and services on any of numerous devices. iCloud uses an Apple ID, as does Apple Music; the App Store; the Music, TV, and Books apps; and more. An Apple ID protects your personal information, including email and iOS/iPadOS backups; helps you find a lost iPhone; and can even unlock your Mac. So it goes without saying that if something goes wrong with your Apple ID, you could be in for a world of hurt. Unfortunately, things go wrong with Apple IDs all the time. Fortunately, Glenn Fleishman, a veteran technology journalist and the author of Macworld's "Mac 911" column, is ready to help with expert advice on how to manage your Apple ID—including how to prevent, solve, or work around most common problems! In this book, Glenn answers questions like: • What all is my Apple ID used for? • How does my iCloud account relate to my Apple ID? • What problems can two-factor authentication (2FA) solve, and how do I use it? • Are there other mechanisms I can use to ensure that I can recover an Apple ID in the event of a problem? (Spoiler: yes!) • What if I have a device that's too old to work with two-factor authentication? • What should I do if I have two or more Apple IDs or iCloud accounts? • Will I lose access to all my Apple media purchases if I move to another country? • Can I share an Apple ID with someone else? • What exactly should I do if I think someone is hacking my Apple ID account? • How can I recover a forgotten Apple ID password? • What steps should I take if Apple locks me out of my account? • If I lose access to an email address associated with my Apple ID, what can I do? • What Apple ID changes in recent versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS do I need to know about? • How does "Sign in with Apple" work? • How can I use Family Sharing to share data and purchases within my family? • What types of subscriptions can I manage with my Apple ID, and how? • Which payment methods can I associate with my Apple ID, and how do I manage them? And that's just the beginning. Glenn has packed a remarkable amount of concise problem-solving information into this compact, 140-page book. Read it before you encounter Apple ID problems to minimize your risk, and if you've already encountered a problem, read it to find the best path to a rapid solution.

Take Control of Apple TV 3rd Edition

Take Control of Apple TV  3rd Edition
Author: Josh Centers
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 131
Release: 2020-10-08
ISBN: 1947282522
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Apple TV 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Everything you need to know about the Apple TV! Version 3.2, updated November 5, 2021 Whether you're considering an Apple TV, already own one, or have a smart TV or streaming device that supports AirPlay and/or the Apple TV app, you can more fully enjoy Apple’s ecosystem with this ultimate guide by TidBITS managing editor Josh Centers. You'll learn about the best TVs and sound equipment to buy, how to maximize your Apple TV's picture quality, get the most out of the Apple TV app, control your media with AirPlay, and so much more! Josh walks you through cables, ports, and setup, and explains how to use gestures and spoken commands with the Siri Remote—yes, you can talk to your TV! He helps you navigate and customize the Home screen, plus describes getting-started settings such as inputting your Apple ID and enabling parental controls. You'll learn how to use the TV app (whether on the Apple TV box itself, on a Mac running Monterey, Big Sur, or Catalina, on an iPhone or iPad, or on a third-party smart TV), and how you can best view home movies and TV shows. The book also looks at using an Apple TV to listen to your music or Apple Music, download and play podcasts from Music or iTunes, and browse your photos. In Take Control of Apple TV you'll also read about: • What's new in tvOS 15 • Which Apple TV model to buy—or whether you should get different hardware instead • Getting the most out of your the Siri Remote (including the second-generation model with the Clickpad) • Alternatives to the Siri Remote • Using a game controller with Apple TV • Controlling Apple TV with Shortcuts • Using AirPlay to beam the display of your Mac or iPhone screen to your TV • Making Mac or iOS/iPadOS audio play through your TV’s speakers • Running iTunes Home Sharing to play media from a local computer • What you can do with Conference Room Display mode • How to tell whether an iOS/iPadOS app includes a free copy of its Apple TV version • How to reset or restore an Apple TV—useful for troubleshooting or for handing your device to a new owner Compatibility? This book covers the fourth-generation Apple TV (now called Apple TV HD) and the newer Apple TV 4K model. It does not cover earlier generations of Apple TV hardware.

Take Control of Pages 3rd Edition

Take Control of Pages  3rd Edition
Author: Michael E. Cohen
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 359
Release: 2021-01-12
ISBN: 1947282662
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Pages 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Unlock the power of Pages for Mac and iPad! Version 3.0, updated 01/12/2021 Apple’s Pages word processor is a big, rich app with hundreds of features tucked away in nooks and crannies, making Michael E. Cohen’s comprehensive book an essential resource for newbies and experts alike. Whether you prefer to dive into the details or get quick help with a particular feature, this book has got you covered. In this massively revised third edition, Michael expands his already extensive guide, detailing all the significant changes Apple has made to Pages since the last version of the book was released, including support for macOS 11 Big Sur and iPadOS 14. Among many other new and updated features, learn about adding drop caps to paragraphs, adding titles and captions to objects, using shared iCloud folders with Pages, and importing iBooks Author projects; and on an iPad, discover how to view two documents at once, use the new reading view, and enter handwritten text. Note: This edition of the book focuses primarily on the Mac and iPad versions of Pages, although it does cover the iPhone/iPod touch and web versions of the app to a limited extent. With Michael’s help, you can navigate Pages like a pro. You’ll also learn how to: • Find all the tools you need, whether on a Mac or an iPad • Do everyday word processing, including working with fonts, tabs, indents, rulers, search and replace, spell checking, and more • Format longer, more complex documents, with customized headers, footers, page numbers, tables of content, footnotes, and section breaks • Manage styles, including paragraph styles, character styles, list styles, and object styles • Create your own templates, complete with master objects • Master the many multi-touch gestures in iPadOS that give you pinpoint control over page elements • Include complex tables and charts and make them look exactly the way you want • Customize layout and manipulate graphics like a pro • Collaborate with others in real time using iCloud • Share your documents across devices, using Mac, iPad, iPhone/iPad touch, or almost any web browser

Take Control of iOS iPadOS Privacy and Security 3rd Edition

Take Control of iOS   iPadOS Privacy and Security  3rd Edition
Author: Glenn Fleishman
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2022-09-12
ISBN: 1990783171
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of iOS iPadOS Privacy and Security 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Master networking, privacy, and security for iOS and iPadOS! Version 3.0, updated September 12, 2022 This book describes how to securely use your iPhone and iPod touch with iOS 16 and iPad with iPadOS 16 on Wi-Fi and cellular/mobile networks, making connections with ease while protecting your data and your privacy.n Your iPhone and iPad have become the center of your digital identity, and it’s easy to lose track of all the ways in which Apple and other parties access your data legitimately—or without your full knowledge and consent. While Apple nearly always errs on the side of disclosure and permission, many other firms don’t. This book comprehensively explains how to configure iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and iCloud-based services to best protect your privacy with messaging, email, browsing, and much more. The book also shows you how to ensure your devices and data are secure from intrusion from attackers of all types. Take Control of iOS & iPadOS Privacy and Security covers how to configure the hundreds of privacy and data sharing settings Apple offers in iOS and iPadOS, and which it mediates for third-party apps. You’ll learn how Safari has been increasingly hardened to protect your web surfing habits, personal data, and identity—particularly with the addition of the iCloud Private Relay, an option for iCloud+ subscribers to anonymize their Safari browsing. In addition to privacy and security, this book also teaches you everything you need to know about networking, whether you’re using 3G, 4G LTE, or 5G cellular, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or combinations of all of them; as well as about AirDrop, AirPlay, Airplane Mode, Personal Hotspot, and tethering. You’ll learn how to: • Master the options for a Personal Hotspot for yourself and in a Family Sharing group. • Troubleshoot problematic Wi-Fi connections. • Set up a device securely from the moment you power up a new or newly restored iPhone or iPad. • Manage Apple’s new built-in second factor verification code generator for extra-secure website and app logins. • Get to know Apple’s passkeys, a new high-security but easy-to-use website login system with industry-wide support. • Protect your email by using an address Apple manages and relays messages through for you. • Understand Safari’s blocking techniques and how to review websites’ attempts to track you. • Learn about Apple’s privacy-challenging changes designed to improve the safety of children, both those using Apple hardware and those who suffer abuse. • Optimize cellular data use to avoid throttling or overage charges, while always getting the best throughput. • Understand why Apple might ask for your iPhone, iPad, or Mac password when you log in on a new device using two-factor authentication. • Figure out whether an embedded SIM (eSIM) is right for you—or the only choice. • Share a Wi-Fi password with nearby contacts and via a QR Code. • Differentiate between encrypted data sessions and end-to-end encryption. • Stream music and video to other devices with AirPlay 2. • Deter brute-force cracking by relying on a USB Accessories timeout. • Engage Lockdown Mode when directly targeted by high-end attackers, such as government spies—from your or another nation—and criminal organizations. • Configure Bluetooth devices. • Transfer files between iOS and macOS with AirDrop. • Block creeps from iMessage, FaceTime, text messages, and phone calls. • Secure your data in transit with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. • Protect Apple ID account and iCloud data from unwanted access at a regular level and via the new Safety Check, designed to let you review or sever digital connections with people you know who may wish you harm.

Take Control of Securing Your Mac 2nd Edition

Take Control of Securing Your Mac  2nd Edition
Author: Glenn Fleishman
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 155
Release: 2022-09-06
ISBN: 1990783155
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Securing Your Mac 2nd Edition Book Excerpt:

Keep your Mac safe from intruders, malware, and more! Version 2.0, updated September 06, 2022 Securing your Mac requires an attention to detail, but not a degree in computer science. This book provides everything you need to know to reduce your risk dramatically of intrusion, hijacking, and data extraction.n The digital world has never seemed more riddled with danger, even as Apple has done a fairly remarkable job across decades at keeping our Macs safe. But the best foot forward with security is staying abreast of past risks and anticipating future ones. Take Control of Securing Your Mac gives you all the insight and directions you need to ensure your Mac is safe from external intrusion and thieves or other ne'er-do-wells with physical access. Security and privacy are tightly related, and Take Control of Securing Your Mac helps you understand how macOS has increasingly compartmentalized and protected your personal data, and how to allow only the apps you want to access specific folders, your contacts, and other information. Here's what this book has to offer: • Master a Mac's privacy settings • Calculate your level of risk and your tolerance for it • Learn why you're asked to give permission for apps to access folders and personal data • Moderate access to your audio, video, and other hardware inputs and outputs • Get to know the increasing layers of system security in Ventura and Monterey • Prepare against a failure or error that might lock you out of your Mac • Share files and folders securely over a network and through cloud services • Set a firmware password and control other low-level security options to reduce the risk of someone gaining physical access to your Mac • Understand FileVault encryption and protection, and avoid getting locked out • Investigate the security of a virtual private network (VPN) to see whether you should use one • Learn how the Secure Enclave in Macs with a T2 chip or M-series Apple silicon affords hardware-level protections • Dig into ransomware, the biggest potential threat to Mac users, but still a largely theoretical one • Decide whether anti-malware software is right for you • Discover new security and privacy technologies in Ventura, such as Lockdown Mode and passkeys

Take Control of PDFpen 3rd Edition

Take Control of PDFpen  3rd Edition
Author: Michael E. Cohen
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2021-05-03
ISBN: 1954546033
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of PDFpen 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Edit and enhance your PDFs easily with PDFpen 13! Version 3.0, updated May 3, 2021 This book tells you how create, edit, and enhance PDF documents on your Mac with PDFpen 13 and PDFpenPro 13, and on the go with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone.n These days, an ever-increasing amount of “paper”—contracts, tax forms, bills, reports, and more—comes into our lives as PDF files. We generate this virtual paper too, since it’s so much easier to save a document as a PDF and send it to a colleague via email than it is to print and send via fax or email. To read, edit, and manipulate all these PDFs, you need the appropriate tools and skills. Given the high price of Adobe Acrobat DC Pro, many Mac users have turned to Smile’s affordable PDFpen apps to help them sign PDF forms, handle scanned documents, make changes in existing PDFs, create new PDFs from a variety of sources, and to export PDFs to other file formats (including Word and Excel). With Take Control of PDFpen, you’ll learn how to do all these tasks and more on your Mac with PDFpen or PDFpenPro or on the go with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone. If you haven’t used PDFpen before, this free book is an excellent way to find out what it has to offer. TidBITS members can save 20% on all Smile products purchased through the Smile cart, including PDFpen 13 and PDFpenPro 13. To learn more, visit the Membership Benefits page. To access the coupon code, make sure you've logged in and click through from the Your Member Benefits page. Take Control of PDFpen begins with a guide to purchasing options: PDFpen versus PDFpenPro, from Smile versus the Mac App Store, and the advantages of the iOS/iPadOS version. Next, you’ll meet PDFpen with an overview of the PDF format and a tour of the interface. With the basics out of the way, highlights of what you’ll learn to do include: • Add and remove pages, and combine pages from multiple files into one PDF. • Mark up a PDF with highlights, comments, editing marks, and more. • Compare two different parts of a PDF with the Split View. • Edit a PDF by fixing typos, adding text, formatting text, and redacting confidential text. • Scan a document into a PDF, and make the text editable with OCR—with single or multiple documents. • Add photos or scans to a PDF quickly with Continuity Camera and an iOS/iPadOS device. • View and work with OCRed text in the OCR layer (PDFpenPro only) • Add clickable links, headers, footers, page numbers, and images. • Annotate a document with lines, shapes, text, and callouts. • Make a clickable table of contents (PDFpenPro only). • Add a watermark to each page of a PDF. • Password-protect a PDF. And (PDFpenPro only), prevent others from printing or editing a PDF. • Turn a PDF into a formatted Microsoft Word document, or (PDFpenPro only) export it in Excel or PowerPoint format. • Reduce the size of your PDFs. • Create blank PDFs with stationery. • Add a digital signature with DocuSign (PDFpenPro only). And, you’ll find directions for working with PDF forms: • Fill out forms with ease. • Add a handwritten signature. • Apply a digital signing certificate. • Print just form entries on a pre-printed form. • Create an interactive PDF form (PDFpenPro only) that can collect data and send it to you via email or the web. You can add an interactive signature field, which makes it easy for the form to be signed online. An appendix describes the useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen. This ebook was created in collaboration with Smile, with PDFpen's developers tech editing the book.

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac 3rd Edition

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac  3rd Edition
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts inc.
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017
ISBN: 9781947282148
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Set up a rock-solid backup strategy so that you can restore quickly and completely, no matter what catastrophe arises. Updated January 23, 2019 Creating and maintaining a solid backup plan is essential to anyone who uses a Mac, in order to prevent the loss of important data if disaster strikes--whether through hardware or software failure, theft, human error, or other mishap. In Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, Third Edition, tech expert Joe Kissell explains how to design a sensible backup strategy, choose and configure the best backup hardware and software for your needs, and understand how to make your backups as painless as possible. His advice is equally useful to those who have never had a backup system and those whose backup systems are in need of an update. This book covers 10.9 Mavericks or later, including 10.14 Mojave. Using this book, you'll learn how to: Design (or update) the ideal backup system: If you're starting from scratch, you'll find all the information necessary to assemble a reliable and easy-to-use backup system. If you're updating an existing system, you'll learn about what's new in hardware, software, and online services that might affect the way you back up your Mac in the future. Choose backup software: Apple's Time Machine is both free and easy to use, but it's not the best choice for everyone, and even if you do use Time Machine, you'll certainly want to supplement it with other tools. You'll learn about key features to look for in a backup app and find tips on using several popular tools. You'll also discover the pros and cons of cloud backup services, and get help choosing the right one. (An online appendix covers nearly 100 apps and services.) Shop for hardware: For most users, hard drives make an excellent backup destination, but the range of options (sizes, interfaces, speeds, and more) can be bewildering. Joe helps you find the best backup hardware, whether it's individual hard drives, RAIDs, Drobo storage devices, Time Capsules, or NAS devices. Make and maintain backups: Once you've selected hardware and software, you'll need to know how to make your first backup, set up your backups to run unattended, and test them regularly to make sure they're working as they should. This includes both versioned backups (which contain old file versions and deleted files) and bootable clones. And, you'll learn about strategies for keeping extra backups offsite. Operate Time Machine: If you choose Time Machine for versi ...

Take Control of iCloud 8th Edition

Take Control of iCloud  8th Edition
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2022-02-12
ISBN: 1778043984
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of iCloud 8th Edition Book Excerpt:

Understand iCloud’s capabilities and limitations, and put its key features to good use! Version 8.0.1, updated February 12, 2022 Make sense of Apple's iCloud online service, configure it for your needs, and choose the best way of using each feature.n iCloud is a simple idea in theory—access to all your data on all your devices, via the cloud—that can become complicated when put into practice. Instead of wasting time fiddling with iCloud, when there are many other more important things to be done with the information it contains, learn how to minimize frustrations with Take Control of iCloud, Eighth Edition! Whether you want a quick tip or a deep dive into the inner workings of iCloud, you’ll find what you need in this best-selling book by Apple expert Joe Kissell. Start by learning what iCloud can do, how it differs from other cloud services, and how best to set it up on Macs, iOS and iPadOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows PCs. Then, move on to finding out the key aspects—and hidden gotchas—of iCloud’s core features, including: • iCloud+, Apple's paid membership tiers with extra features • Photo features: iCloud Photos and iCloud Photo Sharing • Family Sharing • iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library • iCloud Drive • Mail and Mail Drop • Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes • iCloud Keychain • the iCloud website • Location features: Find My Device, Find My Item, Find My Friends, and the Find My app • Two-factor authentication • Activation lock • Backing up and restoring data • Managing your privacy and security This edition not only covers the changes to iCloud in macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15 but also includes details about recent changes to iCloud that span operating systems, including iCloud+. It also continues to cover macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 11 Big Sur, and iOS 14/iPadOS 14, but drops coverage of earlier operating system versions.

Take Control of Numbers 3rd Edition

Take Control of Numbers  3rd Edition
Author: Sharon Zardetto
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2021-09-23
ISBN: 1947282670
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Numbers 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Work quickly, confidently, and effectively in Apple’s Numbers app! Version 3.0, updated September 23, 2021 Work quickly, confidently, and effectively in Apple’s Numbers app for Mac with Sharon Zardetto’s detailed instructions. Input, calculate, sort, filter, format, and chart your data with ease as you learn not just the basics but also special tricks and power-user features.n There are many benefits to using Apple’s Numbers app, which is free for all Mac users. If you’ve ever wanted to add to your knowledge of Numbers—whether you’re new to spreadsheet programs in general, new to Numbers, or simply new to this latest version of Numbers—this book gives you detailed information about how to get the most out of this powerful app. Following the advice of author Sharon Zardetto, you’ll learn how to input, calculate, sort, filter, format, and chart your data with ease. Taking you from the basics, all the way through complex formulas, charting, and other power-user features, this book will expand your understanding of what Numbers can do. This book will show you how to: • Get started with Numbers: Learn about Numbers’ terminology and interface, sheets and templates, table basics, and cell basics. For those new to spreadsheets, learn about the anatomy of a table and data entry basics. For those new to Numbers, but comfortable with spreadsheets, learn about working with sheets and tabs, the template chooser, and pop-up and contextual table menus. • Work more efficiently: Customize your environment, utilize built-in and custom templates, speed up your work with autocomplete, autofill, and text substitution, make custom templates, use table styles, paragraph styles, and define a default text box. • Use formulas and functions: Find out about formula-building basics, cell references, and functions and arguments. Explore the formula editor and the Function Browser, and use quick calculation tokens. • Polish your formatting: Explore your formatting options, standardize the look of components in tables and sheets with styles, use rulers and ruler guides, add graphical elements (shapes and text boxes), and use color controls for everything from text to cell borders to shapes. • Visualize data with charts: Learn the basics of chart parts and terminology, how to choose the right chart, how to create a chart, and how to work with 3D charts and interactive charts. • Work with other people: Share, collaborate, and add comments to your work with other Numbers users. Find out how to import, export, and share files when others are not using Numbers.

Take Control of Monterey

Take Control of Monterey
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2022-06-29
ISBN: 1990783058
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Monterey Book Excerpt:

Get to know macOS 12 Monterey! Version 1.2, updated June 29, 2022 macOS 12 Monterey builds on the changes in Big Sur, making your Intel or M-series Mac even more powerful and easier to use. This book teaches you how to prepare for a smooth transition to the new version of macOS—and what to do once you've upgraded. Learn your way around, find out about new capabilities (and a few pitfalls), and improve your privacy and security. Following 2020's Big Sur release, which massively overhauled the macOS interface and introduced support for M-series (Apple silicon) Macs, we have macOS 12 Monterey. Although the look and feel are quite similar to Big Sur, Monterey adds refinements, improvements, and interesting new features to books your productivity and your privacy. As was the case for Big Sur, we're not publishing a separate Take Control of Upgrading to Monterey book. Instead, complete upgrading instructions are included here, along with details about what to expect before, during, and after your Monterey installation. Among the many subjects covered in this book are: • How to tell whether your Mac is compatible with Monterey • Steps you should take before upgrading • Upgrading from the Monterey public beta • How to perform an in-place upgrade—or do a clean install and migrate your old data from a backup • Improvements to FaceTime, such as updated audio and video options, scheduled meetings, and (later this year) SharePlay • New Messages feature, including Shared with You better handling of photos, and new Memoji options • Changes in Safari 15—including last-minute changes to address design flaws in the new interface for tabs • The Focus feature that takes Do Not Disturb to a new level • Shortcuts, which has made its way from iOS/iPadOS to macOS and added new features • What's new in the Maps app, including more city detail, Driving mode, and better transit support • Small but interesting changes throughout macOS, such as AirPlay to Mac, iCloud+, improved password support, and Quick Note • Improvements to bundled apps, including Books, Finder, Mail, Notes, Photos, and more

Take Control of Big Sur

Take Control of Big Sur
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 141
Release: 2020-11-12
ISBN: 194728262X
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Big Sur Book Excerpt:

Get up to speed quickly with macOS 11! Version 1.1, updated November 12, 2020 Get to know macOS 11 with Take Control of Big Sur. Learn everything you need to know to prepare for a smooth transition to the new version of macOS—and what to do once you've upgraded. Discover new features, explore the revised user interface, and avoid potentially unpleasant surprises. macOS 11 Big Sur is more than just Apple's annual update to its Mac operating system. This revision breaks entirely new ground, significantly overhauling your Mac's look and feel, adding big new features, and including support for the first (soon-to-be-released) Macs based on Apple silicon rather than Intel processors. We're changing things up this year, too. Rather than two separate titles on the new macOS version as we've had in past years, this time we've rolled everything into one: a book that helps you prepare for the new system, safely upgrade your Mac to run Big Sur, and then get to know all the new features. (So, if you're looking for Take Control of Upgrading to Big Sur, look no further: this book contains an abbreviated version of Joe's legendary upgrading instructions.) Some of the topics covered in this book are: • How to tell whether your Mac can run Big Sur • Steps you should take before upgrading • How to perform an in-place upgrade—or do a clean install and migrate your old data from a backup • What Control Center is and how it can simplify adjusting system settings • What's new in the Maps app (guides, Look Around, indoor maps, and more) • Ways to improve your messaging with enhanced group conversations, Memoji, and other changes in Messages • How to use and customized the heavily revised Notification Center • New features in Photos to make your images and videos even better • Improved privacy features in Safari—plus a Start Page, improved tabs, and spiffy new features • The small changes throughout macOS and bundled apps, including Apple Arcade, Spotlight, Siri, the App Store, Notes, Reminders, Voice Memos, and more

Take Control of the Cloud 2nd Edition

Take Control of the Cloud  2nd Edition
Author: Joe Kissell
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2017-07-15
ISBN: 1947282034
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of the Cloud 2nd Edition Book Excerpt:

Cut through the hype, understand cloud services, and enhance your privacy and security! Updated 07/15/2017 Price Reduced! To encourage more people to buy this essential book (last updated in September 2017), we've cut the price from $15 to $5. We don't know if or when we'll next update it, but we wanted to make sure the information is widely available while it's still relatively fresh. To some people, the Cloud is a hard concept to grasp; what does it mean exactly? For others, it’s the sheer complexity of the Cloud that is confusing; how to choose among the ever-increasing number of options. And for yet others, it’s the security of the Cloud that is a concern; do I need to worry that my data isn’t safe? With Take Control of the Cloud, Second Edition, award-winning author Joe Kissell cuts through the confusion and gives his expert advice on how to make the Cloud work best for you, no matter your needs. From a detailed explanation of what the Cloud is, to his top picks for cloud products and services, to how to enhance privacy and security in the Cloud, Joe covers the topics that are crucial to a clear understanding of what the Cloud can (and can’t) do for you. Free Webinar As an added bonus, this book includes a free webinar for additional advice and problem-solving! (Although the webinar has already occurred—twice—purchasers can view recordings of the events at their leisure.) Cloud-related topics covered in this book include: • Basic concepts, like “cloud computing” and “personal cloud” • Storage • Syncing • Backups • Productivity apps • Entertainment apps • Virtual private servers • Computing engines • Privacy and security • Mobile devices • The personal cloud • Choosing cloud providers • The Internet of Things • Automation Teach This Book! Do you need to give a presentation concerning the Cloud? We’d like to help. This ebook includes links to a free PDF cheat sheet and a PDF-based slide deck that you can show on any computer or mobile device.

Take Control of Zoom 3rd Edition

Take Control of Zoom  3rd Edition
Author: Glenn Fleishman
Publsiher: alt concepts
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2022-07-22
ISBN: 1990783112
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Control of Zoom 3rd Edition Book Excerpt:

Zoom your videoconferencing skills to a new level! Version 3.0, updated July 22, 2022 This book explains how to use the Zoom videoconferencing service from start to finish. It offers detailed instructions, warnings, and tips from installing and configuration of Zoom software, through setup and participation, and how to host meetings.n The pandemic introduced hundreds of millions of people to videoconferencing, and many of us still videoconference frequently as part of our work, school, and socializing—we’ve gone from zero to Zoom and stayed there! Even if you’ve been using Zoom for years, you may still find regular frustrations as you attempt to share a screen, control audio and video options, interact in a meeting, or act as a meeting host. Zoom’s makers constantly tweak the app and system, adding major features with no warning and modifying existing ones. You don’t have to stay on top of that to get the most out of Zoom, because this book is here to help you. Experienced users will discover hundreds of tips to improve meetings, whether as a participant or a host. Find out how to look and sound your best in a meeting, share app windows or screens, arrange video panels, and work with multiple displays. Become a nuanced presenter in Zoom using Keynote, PowerPoint, or Zoom’s built-in Slides as Virtual Background feature. Record sessions normally or capture multiple audio tracks and video streams in Zoom for later editing. Those new to Zoom will learn which Zoom app fits your purpose best, how to configure your account and app, how to chat in a meeting, and how to create and manage your own meetings. If you host meetings, you’ll find this book invaluable in teaching you how to plan a meeting, start it up, and manage it safely, as you appoint co-hosts, run polls, create breakout rooms, and moderate participants. And for those involved in or interested in livestreaming Zoom to services like YouTube Live or Twitch, this book has all the information you need. The book also includes a chapter on Zoom whiteboards, a feature added in April 2022. This book covers the current state of Zoom privacy and security, including the difference between Zoom’s standard meeting security and its enhanced end-to-end encryption (E2EE), and how to manage your own privacy and—for hosts—that of meeting participants. Topics include: • How to install and configure Zoom • Choosing whether or when to use the Zoom web app • Configuring your physical setup and hardware for best audio and video quality • Mastering meeting participation, including the various methods of “speaking up” • Zoom’s many mobile and desktop views for seeing other people and shared screens • Navigating limitations to access presenter’s controls and notes with PowerPoint and Keynote • Finding the best combination of screens and devices to manage each of your presentations • Becoming a host and starting meetings with one other person or 1,000 • Livestreaming meetings to services run by Facebook, Twitch, Vimeo, and YouTube • Conducting polls and managing breakout rooms • Using Zoom’s free, built-in transcription and captioning • How to preserve your privacy when sharing apps, presentations, or other parts of your screen • Collaborating inside or outside meetings using the new whiteboard features in Zoom desktop apps • Recording a meeting, and managing multiple audio tracks and video streams for later editing • Deciding whether to upgrade to a paid Zoom tier for meetings you host • Taking advantage of Apple-specific audio and video features • Zoom’s security options, including end-to-end encryption • How co-host and alternate host roles work in managing a meeting

Best Business Practices for Photographers Third Edition

Best Business Practices for Photographers  Third Edition
Author: John Harrington
Publsiher: Rocky Nook, Inc.
Total Pages: 832
Release: 2017-08-15
ISBN: 1681982684
Category: Photography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Best Business Practices for Photographers Third Edition Book Excerpt: