Take Control Of Filevault

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 1615429824
Size: 54.73 MB
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Take Control Of Filevault from the Author: Joe Kissell. 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: Take Control Books
ISBN: 1492018112
Size: 70.51 MB
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Take Control Of Upgrading To Sierra from the Author: Joe Kissell. 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.

El Capitan A Take Control Crash Course

Author: Scholle McFarland
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 145719645X
Size: 71.34 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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El Capitan A Take Control Crash Course from the Author: Scholle McFarland. 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 The Mac Command Line With Terminal

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 1457191083
Size: 64.50 MB
Format: PDF
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Take Control Of The Mac Command Line With Terminal from the Author: Joe Kissell. 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.

Take Control Of Upgrading To Lion

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1615423214
Size: 67.96 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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Take Control Of Upgrading To Lion from the Author: Joe Kissell. Join Joe Kissell and learn how to best upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in the latest edition of his popular "Take Control of Upgrading..." ebook. Whether your upgrade is fairly straightforward or utterly complicated, Joe explains what to do before you start upgrading to Lion, how to upgrade effectively, what to do if your upgrade has a problem, and how to get a smart start once the upgrade is completed. New Lion features that you'll learn about include FileVault 2 encryption (Joe recommends this for most laptop users) and Recovery mode. The ebook also covers the basics of installing Lion Server. Benefit from Joe's experience in writing about how to install Mac OS X since 2003, and let him help you install Lion. You'll get specific advice for how to: Prepare for a Problem-free Upgrade Part with Rosetta: Understand and manage the fact that PowerPC-based software will not run under Lion, given the lack of the Rosetta emulator that was used in recent versions of Mac OS X. Handle your hardware: Check your hardware for Lion compatibility. Also, in order to fully enjoy Lion, it might be time for more RAM, disk space, or other peripherals, particularly a Magic Trackpad. Deal with duplication: Learn what a disk duplicate is, why having one is essential before installing Lion, and how to make one easily and affordably. Also, get help with backing up a Windows volume, should you be running Windows on your Mac via Boot Camp. Verify that all systems are go: Test to be sure your memory and disks are running properly—better to discover and correct a problem now during your upgrade—and find advice on clearing extra files and software off your disk so that you get a fresh start with Lion (and more disk space for it!). Consider a few geeky details: If you secure your data and documents with some form of disk encryption now, or would like to under Lion, get advice on what to do before you upgrade and learn how Lion's much-improved FileVault 2 will operate, plus consider the pros and cons of running FileVault 2. Also, read about what Joe thinks of partitioning and what you might want to do about it before installing. Make a plan: Learn how to install Lion if you're installing over 10.6 Snow Leopard, and consider the pros and cons of several techniques for how to install onto a Mac running either 10.5 Leopard or 10.5 Tiger. Also, if you have more than one Mac in your home, get ideas for downloading the Lion installer only once, but using it legitimately on your different Macs. And, if a nearly 4 GB download is unrealistic, get guidance for how to best obtain Lion. If your "upgrade" involves moving to a new Mac from an old Mac (or a Windows PC), learn how to best install Lion (if needed) and transfer your old stuff. A tip: ideally, do not even turn on a new Mac that has Lion installed until you've read this ebook! Install Lion! Install with confidence: Buying, downloading, and running the Lion installer isn't all that difficult, but it is an an entirely new (and rather slow) way of installing an operating system upgrade, so Joe explains what to expect. Solve problems If your Mac won't restart after the installation, this ebook explains exactly what to do (knock on wood!). Start Smart with Key Post-installation Tasks Avoid slowdowns: Put off a few tasks (running Spotlight, turning on Time Machine) that will slow you down during your first few hours in Lion. Get set and go: Joe reminds you to run Software Update, helps you set up an extra user account while noting a few account-related changes in Lion, discusses the pros and cons of the new FileVault 2 and gives directions for enabling it, explains the Incompatible Software Folder, explains need-to-know-now Time Machine basics (including encryption of Time Machine backups), helps you understand what's going on with Apple Mail plug-ins, and more. Go beyond...Learn why the $49.99 Lion Server is interesting for Lion users, and how to complete a basic installation. Reconnoiter with Recovery Mode: A final chapter explains the new-in-Lion Recovery HD volume, and even tells you what to type in Terminal so you can check it out. It also explains how to boot in Recovery mode, in case your Mac won't boot and you don't have a convenient way to boot it otherwise.

Take Control Of Passwords In Mac Os X

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 193367167X
Size: 60.49 MB
Format: PDF
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Take Control Of Passwords In Mac Os X from the Author: Joe Kissell. 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

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 1615420150
Size: 42.59 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Take Control Of Easy Mac Backups from the Author: Joe Kissell. "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.

Take Control Of Upgrading To Leopard

Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: Take Control Books
ISBN: 1933671254
Size: 46.85 MB
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Take Control Of Upgrading To Leopard from the Author: Joe Kissell. Start on the right foot with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard!Little is more exciting and unnerving than a major operating system upgrade for your Mac, but thousands of people have upgraded to Panther and Tiger calmly and successfully with the advice in Joe Kissell's previous hit Take Control of Upgrading... titles. Joe's expert guidance, developed over innumerable test installations, walks you through the six steps necessary before upgrading, which of Leopard's three installation options is right for you, how to perform the actual upgrade, and post-installation checking and cleanup.Worried that something might go wrong? Joe provides in-depth discussions of what exactly each installation option does (and does not do), how to restore missing files, practical troubleshooting tips for the most common problems, and even step-by-step instructions to downgrade to your previous system if necessary. You'll also find tips on a few things that may surprise you, including special notes on Spotlight, Apple Mail, Keychain, and Time Machine. Bonus Section! Direct links to software update sites for FireWire hard drives, keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, video cards, audio equipment, common utilities, and more.Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like: Will my Mac and peripherals work with Leopard?Which upgrade method should I use?Should I partition my hard disk before upgrading?Which files aren't copied by Archive and Install?What if I can't print after upgrading?Do I need new versions of my utilities for Leopard?What should I do if my Mac refuses to boot under Leopard?What should I do if Time Machine wants me to let it start backing up?