Stories by Christopher Breen

Apple issues NTP security update for OS X

On Monday Apple issued a security update for Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite that fixes a "critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X." Recommended for all users, Software Update suggests that you install the update as soon as possible. Details are currently unavailable, but Apple should issue them on the Apple Security Updates page shortly.

Christopher Breen | 23 Dec | Read more

Five ways to keep your student's digital life safe

As students return to school, technology goes with them. That technology--and the data generated by it--is valuable not simply as a means for getting school work done, but also as entertainment for those brief hours between one assignment and the next. It's for this reason that it pays to plan for disaster. With a single massive power burst, storage media that suddenly heads south, or interaction with a light-fingered ne'er-do-well, the technology your student depends on can vanish. Take these five tips to heart, however, and the loss of a device or data need not be catastrophic.

Christopher Breen | 20 Aug | Read more

5 resolutions for a better digital life

It's the time of year when we make promises for the new year that are routinely broken before that year is a week old. And for this reason, far too many of us simply resolve to never make another resolution. (Because, after all, that's an easy one to keep.)

Christopher Breen | 30 Dec | Read more

Automator workflow of the month: Easily encrypt folders

You can use Apple's Disk Utility to convert a folder into an encrypted disk image--a protected archive that you unlock with a password. Such images are particularly helpful when you're working on confidential company documents away from the office or when your business card reads: International Person of Mystery. But the truth is that creating encrypted disk images with Disk Utility is cumbersome. Thankfully, with a simple Automator workflow, you can secure documents in an instant. It works like this:

Christopher Breen | 29 Jul | Read more

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