Category: Security

How to Reset SMC on New iMac, Mac Mini, iMac Pro, & Mac Pro with T2 Chip

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Resetting the SMC on new model iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, and Mac Pro desktop Macs have a T2 security chip is a different procedure than on earlier models of the same hardware.

SMC, which stands for System Management Controller, handles a variety of hardware functions on the Mac, including power, fan operation, some ports, and much more. Thus resetting the SMC is a common troubleshooting technique when the hardware side of things are not working as expected on a Mac (along with resetting NVRAM / PRAM).

This tutorial will walk through how to reset the SMC on iMac…

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How to Use Face ID with a Face Mask on iPhone & iPad

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made it an unfortunate fact that we need to wear face masks when and wherever possible, whether by choice in some regions or by government regulations and orders in others. The idea of course is that wearing masks can help reduce the spread of SARS-COV-2, and so if we want the world to progress beyond its current state, masks are a necessity in many regions, states, and countries. The problem for iPhone and iPad owners is, mask wearing isn’t particularly compatible with Face ID. One option is to simply use iPhone without Face ID which…

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What the ‘Legacy System Extension’ Mac Message Means & What To Do About It

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If you’re using a Mac running MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later (including Big Sur), you might have seen a new and somewhat cryptic message pop up when your Mac is turned on, or when you use certain apps.

Titled “Legacy System Extension”, the message goes on to note that “existing software on your system loaded a legacy system extension by (developer) which will be incompatible with a future version of macOS” and while that might not mean much to most people, it is something you should take note of.


So, what exactly does this message mean? Not a lot…

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How to Hide Messages on iPhone & iPad

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Do you want to make sure your messages remain hidden when you’re letting someone else use your iPhone or iPad? If so, you’re in luck. Screen Time offers a convenient way to lock apps, and you can use it to block access to the stock Messages app.

Apple introduced Screen Time alongside iOS 12 to help iOS users keep a check on their smartphone usage. It also provides a lot of parental control tools to limit the features that children and other family members are able to access. App Limits is one of the tools that Screen Time has to offer, and it can be used to…

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How to Block Your MacBook's Webcam Without Using an External Cover

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Covering your webcam is one of the oldest privacy tips around, but some MacBook owners have made the unfortunate discovery that third-party camera covers can damage your laptop when you try to shut it. Many of these coverings are bulky enough that a MacBook can’t close all the way, and the excess pressure they put on…

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How to Reset Lost Apple ID from iPhone or iPad

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Did you accidentally lose your Apple ID details or forget the password? This can be distressing, but have no worries, as you can easily reset your Apple ID password right from the comfort of your iPhone or iPad within a matter of minutes.

Apple ID is used across various Apple services such as iTunes, iCloud, Apple Music, iMessage, App Store, and more. Therefore, using a secure password and occasionally even changing that password can be crucial to keep your account secure. While doing this, it’s very possible that you accidentally end up forgetting your…

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How to Find Duplicate Passwords in Keychain on iPhone & iPad

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Do you use the same password for multiple online accounts? It may be wise to fix that, as accounts with shared passwords are theoretically at risk of a security breach (for example, if one service is breached and you use the same password on other accounts, it’s possible someone nefarious would be able to gain access to those other accounts). It’s highly recommended to use unique passwords for each account that you may have, and this is exactly where password managers come in and make things easier.

On iPhone and iPad, it’s easy to find duplicate…

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How to Delete Old Passwords & Accounts from iPhone & iPad

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Do you have outdated account, login, or password information on iCloud Keychain that keeps coming up when you visit a website or particular app? Or do you often update and edit login information for various accounts? If so, you might want to remove outdated accounts and passwords that are stored on your iPhone & iPad within Keychain.

If you aren’t aware, iOS and iPadOS has a password management feature called iCloud Keychain that stores your account log-in details & other information for easy logins, and it keeps that data secure with the help of Face ID,…

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How to Edit Saved Passwords on iPhone & iPad with iCloud Keychain

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Do you use iCloud Keychain to store the log-in details of your various online accounts? Well, if you change the password to any of these logins or accounts on their respective platforms or websites, Keychain doesn’t always update the information right away. And when that happens, you wouldn’t be able to use this handy feature to quickly log in to these accounts, unless you manually update the password and login information in Keychain. Fortunately, editing saved account information, logins, and passwords is easy on iPhone and iPad.

Keychain is a nifty tool…

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