4 Ways to Hide Your Private Files on OS X

I don’t really believe that someone will try to steal your favorite film selection, but forewarned is forearmed. This article is for those who worries about sensitive information loses, who accidentally deleted their files, and for those who is very suspicious.

Below is a short list of the most common and reliable ways to secure and hide your data in the Mac OS X:

Way 1: Use FileVault

This feature is built right into the Mac OS X. The mechanism is simple: FileVault encrypts the startup disk of your Mac, so this kind of encryption prevents unauthorized access to your data.

To activate FileVault:
1. Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault.Go to System Preferences >> Security & Privacy >> FileVault

2. Click the lock icon to make the changes, and then click Turn on FileVault.

Click the lock icon to make the changes_then click Turn on FileVault

 

Be careful by using FileVault. You will need to create password or a recovery key to access your data. If you forget both the key and the password, your data will be lost. Anyway, you will be notified about this during the setup process.

Way 2: Hide Private Files in the Library

Starting from Mac OS Mountain Lion and higher, the Library is hidden until you choose to make it visible. At the same time, once again, be careful, as any changes in this folder may corrupt your apps.

To make the Library visible:
1. In the Finder, click Go.
2. Hold the Option button and then choose Library

Hold Option button and then choose Library

Way 3: Use Third-Party Apps

This is the most simple way to hide the current file and encrypt it. Here is the list of the most popular encryptions apps for the Mac OS X: https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-8982.

MacKeeper as a security application offers a wide range of the features including the encryption tool. To hide your files by using MacKeeper, do the following:
1. Launch MacKeeper and click Data Encryptor.
2. Set up a password and choose a hint for it.
3. Add files to Data Encryptor.
4. Choose the files that you want to encrypt, and then click Hide.

Choose the files that you want to encrypt, and then click Hide

Way 4: Store Your Files in Another User Account

If you want to hide files from your child, friends, etc. and you are not keen on encryption, this way is for you:
1. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups;
2. Click the lock icon to make the changes
3. Add a new user.
4. After you create a new user, you can start dragging the files over to it.

Create a new user, then you can start dragging the files over to it

 

 

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MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 6

MacKeeper reviewes by real customers. Part 6.

We continue series of real customers  reviews powered by Shopper Approved™. In this part Margaret Smith, Ahmet Hacioglu and Jan Corwin express their customer experience and give detailed feedback about MacKeeper product.

Want to hear more from real customers? Here are few links to previous series:

MacKeeper reviewes by real customers. Part 5.

MacKeeper reviewes by real customers. Part 4.

MacKeeper customer feedback by Margaret Smith:

MacKeeper made it really easy for me to update and clean up my computer. I didn’t know I was having problems and MacKeeper let me know that there was a problem. Once I ordered it and started it, 10 minutes later it was all fixed. Easy to do and quick.

Here’s what Margaret Smith had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial: “Easy to do and fast!”

Margaret Smith also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:

Price: ★★★★★

Product: ★★★★★

MacKeeper customer feedback by Ahmet Hacioglu:

I’m very satisfied with MacKeeper, both for performance and the customer service as well. I contacted with very kind lady. And she gave me a very good explanatory direction how to install the product and how to use it. I’m using it more then 2 years right now. I solved many of my problems in my MacBook. Thank you very much for you service and product. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

Here’s what Ahmet Hacioglu had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:

“I had very satisfying experience with the MacKeeper both for product performance as well as customer service over the phone by real person.”

Ahmet Hacioglu also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:

Price: ★★★★★

Product: ★★★★★

CustomerService: ★★★★★

MacKeeper customer feedback by Jan Corwin:

I purchased the MacKeeper for my iMac computer and was very pleased with the people at technical support. There was a lot of work to do with my Mac, they cleaned it up, they made it much more efficient, and I was very happy that they responded to me basically the same day that I requested. So I appreciate everything that was done. And it was a good value for the money paid. And I’m very pleased with my product so far and have a 2-year subscription at the present time. Thank you.

Here’s what Jan Corwin had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:

“I was very impressed on how quickly they responded to my questions and needs.”

Jan Corwin also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:

Price: ★★★★☆

Product: ★★★★★

Want to hear more from real customers?

Check out MacKeeper channel at YouTube.

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Security in Social Media

Security in Social Media Is a Nice Thing

How to pass the time? Look through the news feed. Yes, as usual things happen like this. We spend a lot of time in social networks not even realizing where it could lead.

Social networking is very popular

In most cases social networks are really helpful and informative. Your best friend lost the cat, your ex-boyfriend got married, and war in Syria is getting escalated – certainly, this is very important news, but make sure that you are using social networks safely before sharing your own news.

Social networks are the best place to meet you closer

Did you know that almost 70% job recruiters examine social network pages of the employees before making a job offer? There’s no need to come up with an interesting story at an interview, as the HR will get everything they need from you Facebook page. So, remember to keep your own information private and…

Set up privacy in social networks

Almost all social networks use common privacy preferences. The process is limited with check marks in front of needed privacy tools.

Set up privacy in social networks

Know what to post

You may remember the case with Chantelle from Perth who won $900 by betting on 100-to-1 shot Prince of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup. She lost her win after she had posted the details in social networks. Stop sharing your possessions and you will keep them for long. But if you are going to do this, at least know who will see it.

Chantelle-Melbourne-Cup

Manage friends list

Try to add only your close friends and people you personally know. Social networks can be used for a variety of purposes, from stalking to theft and even ransom. So it’s better to know each and every person who is subscribing to your profile and who is already in your friends list. You can always check the list and ban the person who accidentally appeared there.

To sum up, let me give you advice – unique password, strong account. As you understand you need to create individual passwords for each account in social networks and change it regularly. Don’t make mistakes as other people, check the list of the weakest passwords in 2015.

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MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 5

MacKeeper reviewes by real customers. Part 5.

We continue series of real customers video reviews powered by Shopper Approved™. In this part Jo, Ian Clint P. Ave and Ronald Brown describe their customer experience and give detailed feedback about MacKeeper product.

Want to hear more from real customers? Check out our previous series:

MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 4

MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 3

MacKeeper customer feedback by Jo:

Hi, my name is Jo and I just installed MacKeeper. I was very satisfied with my purchase. The company was very thorough when doing diagnostics on my Mac. And at the same time they respected my privacy, they ask permission first before gaining my mac access. So overall I am very satisfied.

 Here is what Jo said about MacKeeper in addition to video testimonial:

“It was very informative and the interaction was very productive. The issues on my mac were fixed….I just didn’t expect to pay another extra $$ for the service. But overall I am glad to have made the contact.”

Jo gave MacKeeper following ratings:

Price: ★★★★☆
Product: ★★★★★
Customer Service: ★★★★☆

MacKeeper video testimonial by Ian Clint P. Ave:

Hello MacKeeper. I just want to extend my appreciation for consumer like me making it easy and safeguarding my personal files. And also for making program as easy as possible. Thank you so much and happy holidays.

Here is what Ian said in addition to video review:

“Activation Subscription is quick and easy to analyze. Thank you so much for making it better for the consumer like me.”

Ian also gave MacKeeper following ratings:

Price: ★★★★★
Product: ★★★★★

 

MacKeeper video testimonial by Ronald Brown:

I would like to say that this experience was very good. Thank you for product and I will find it very useful in the future.

Here is what Ronald said about MacKeeper:

“MacKeeper is very easy to use. Contains several important features. The procurement process is cumbersome but safe.  My experience with the technician was smooth and helpful.  Even though she was in the Ukraine and I in the US, there was no language barrier that made the experience uncomfortable.  I rate this experience four thumbs up, out of five.”

Ronald Brown gave MacKeeper following ratings:

Price: ★★★☆☆
Product: ★★★★☆
Customer Service: ★★★★★

Want to hear more from real customers?

Check out MacKeeper customers feedback at TrustPilot official page.

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What Is VPN Connection and How to Use It for Security?

What Is VPN Connection?

VPN connection is a Virtual Private Network. Actually, before we start the discussion, we may say that the VPN connection is the best way to secure your network both at home and at work. Moreover, in big companies it’s strictly prohibited to use public networks without VPN connection. And, generally speaking, VPN connection is a simple way to feel more secure. By the way, built-in VPN servers with hardware-accelerated encryption are available even in home routers.

VPN connection - the best way to secure your network

VPN connection – the best way to secure your network

And now more details about what’s a VPN connection. Generally, VPN is a connection that is implemented via a shared network with imitation of appearance and other features of a dedicated network. It works as a tunnel, a point-to-point connection, which allows network traffic from different sources and travel via separate tunnels by using the same infrastructure.

If we explain the principle of how VPN works word by word, we will see a more clear picture:

Virtual:

Something that seems to exist visually, but it’s just visually, there’s no physical appearance. The same refers to VPN.

Private:

The most important component of a VPN connection, meaning that your connection via VPN will be encrypted and hidden from the Internet users. A simple example: you are connecting from the US, and your location is being tracked as if you were in India.

Network:

As simple as possible – connection of two or more nodes for sharing information.

VPN servers with hardware-accelerated encryption

When do we really need VPN connection?

The most common situation when you really need VPN connection is when you are connected to a public network via your working laptop. In this case, as usual, you will be asked to enable VPN connection as a safety measure.

Another situation is when the entire office or building is connected to the Internet via VPN connection in order to combine geographically remote branches in one safe connection.

The most popular case of private usage of connection is usage of social networks, streaming services, and dating services. According to the GlobalWebindex report, only in 2014 VPN connection was used by over 160 million of people just to connect to the social networks.

Why you should setup a VPN at Home

 

Is it necessary?

There’s no single answer to this question. The question is what are you doing when you are connected to the Internet. If you are using the Internet for financial operations, payments, transferring of sensitive information, etc., then the answer is definitely “yes”. And if you are watching movies and listening to music, then you can use a simple Safe Browsing protection.

 

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MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 4

MacKeeper video testimonials by real customers. Shopper Approved™. Part 4

This is part 4 of our real customers review series. In this part you will hear what Rod, Louise and Anonymous User think about MacKeeper software and services. Find below links to all the previous MacKeeper reviews series:

MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 3

MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 2

MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 1

MacKeeper review by Rod Triplett:

Hi, my name is Rod Triplett and I’ve been using MacKeeper for about four years, I’ve got it on everyone of my Macs. It’s absolutely great program, it keeps them running fast, my Macs can get slow, and I notice it, ….. do the clean sweep, and it cleans up the memory, cleans it all up. And it really starts running much faster, big difference. I’ve had the guys at the Mac store telling me: « Oh, you don’t need anything on your computer…» and so on and so forth. You know, Macs are awesome but you still need to keep them clean, there are still things that can affect the memory, malware, viruses can even hit it. Not nearly like a PC, but they still do get in there. I just use it all the time, …….., I’ve got probably 5 or 6 subscriptions, and I won’t run my Mac without it. Thank you very much.

Here is what Rod had to say about MacKeeper in addition to video testimonial:
«Awesome!»
Rod Triplett also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:
Price: ★★★★★
Product: ★★★★★

MacKeeper customer review by Anonymous user – Shopper Approved™:

…don’t believe what you read, MacKeeper is the real deal, they are not a scam. And they helped me when I was trying to get scammed by another company. So I was impressed with everything they did. They were quick, they were efficient, they even helped set up my printer. Thank you MacKeeper.

Here’s what real user had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:
“It was a little difficult to understand some of the assistants, but otherwise they were quick, efficient, and even worked with me on a lower price when I could not afford the first amount quoted. They even helped me set up my printer when another site tried to tell me I had more problems and charge me 150 dollars to fix what they claimed I had wrong with my computer. Thanks and Thanks MacKeeper:)”
Also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:
Price: ★★★★☆
Product: ★★★★★
CustomerService: ★★★★★

MacKeeper customer review by Louise Gutterman – Shopper Approved™:

I purchased MacKeeper premium software for my 2008 Mac. I received very professional and patient help installing it on my computer. The help is extraordinary good, the rep was very patient, answered all of my questions, …, my computer thanked me.

Here’s what Louise Gutterman had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:
“After calling the number provided the rep walked me through each step of a remote controlled installation.
• the installation was seamless
• the rep was very knowledgeable
• we had good back-and-forth question-and-answer discussions during and after installation; the rep was wonderfully patient with my tech level and tolerant of an extremely s-l-o-o-w responding computer.
• the rep installed and ran a Zoom Diagnostic and made suggestions on how to speed up my Mac and where to get Mac Technician help for certain uncovered problems.
They know what they’re doing and how to keep your computer running the best it can. MacKeeper provides ‘Stellar’ service in my book.”
Louise Gutterman also gave MacKeeper the following ratings:
Price: ★★★★★
Product: ★★★★★

Looking for fair opinions by real users? Check out some latest updates on our playlist:

Mackeeper Reviews. Shopper Approved™.

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How to Get Rid of Annoying Notifications on Mac OS X

Get Rid of Annoying Notifications and block ads on Mac OS X

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Annoying Alerts, Notification Center, Mac OS X

Besides annoying ads from all over the Internet, you may see no less annoying notifications from the apps that are installed and built into the Mac OS. You may disable these notifications in a few steps either from the specific apps or from all apps by just turning on the Do Not Disturb mode.

Turn off notifications from the apps:

  • Go to System Preferences > Notifications.
  • Choose the app from the list and select the None alert style to stop the notifications.
Turn off annoying-notifications in System Preferences, Mac OS X

Turn off annoying notifications in System Preferences, Mac OS X

Now notifications won’t appear on the screen. If you don’t want to see the notifications in the Notification Center, just drag the notification down to the Not In Notification Center area.

Turn off all notifications by using the Do Not Disturb mode:

If you choose the Do Not Disturb mode, your notifications won’t appear on the screen and you won’t hear any sounds. Moreover, here you can choose the preferred time for activating the Do Not Disturb mode:

  • Go to the System Preferences > Notifications.
  • At the top of the list, click Do Not Disturb.
Turn off all notifications by using the Do Not Disturb mode

Turn off all notifications by using the “Do Not Disturb” mode

Get Rid of Annoying Ads

We know how unbearable could be popups, banners, videos, and who knows what other kind of ads. It’s not a problem to download ad blockers and stop it, there’s a wide range of low cost or even free ad blockers. But at the same time you may face such difficulties as the websites that do not allow the users to access the content while they are using the ad blockers.

So, there’s a real deal.

Stop annoying ads with Adblock app

Stop annoying ads with Adblock app

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MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 3

MacKeeper real customers video reviews by Shopper Approved™. Part 3

This is part 3 of our real customers review series. In this part you will hear what Vishal K., Jay and Lew think about MacKeeper product and services. Interested in watching previous parts? Just find the links below:

MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 2

MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 1

MacKeeper review by Vishal K.:

Well, I find MacKeeper to be really efficient and it solved most of the issues which my Mac was facing. I found about MacKeeper from a friend of mine who has been using this product and and I’d highly recommend this to anyone who has a Mac. Thanks.

Here’s what Vishal Karla had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:
“I found MacKeeper efficient with rectifying issues with my Mac”
Vishal Karla also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:
Price: ★★★☆☆
Product: ★★★★☆

MacKeeper video review by Jay:

Hi, I am Jay.
I’ve just bought MacKeeper again for the second time. The first time I used it I was very pleased. I found out about it through magazine article I read that it was the best for improving my Mac’s performance. And then I changed my email and did not realize that I no longer have MacKeeper, that my subscription had expired, and all of a sudden my computer started going really slow.
So I contacted a sales person at MacKeeper and they helped my install it and it fixed my programs and I have a fast Mac again. So I appreciate it, thank you for good work and I look forward to continuing to use it in the future.

Here is what Jay had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:
“Really quick”
Jay also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:
Price: ★★★★☆
Product: ★★★★★
CustomerService: ★★★★★

MacKeeper video testimonial by Lew:

Hello! I’m very happy with the service I get from MacKeeper. I’ve used it for the last four years. I have to teach my computer running well, ’cause I have one arm and one leg, as you can see. I’m doing all my shopping online.

Here is what Lew473 had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:
“My experience with mackeeper has been a bit strange as I keep getting sent emails telling me i need to update to a newer version, when i had already paid for a lifetime license. I was paying all the time. It was only tonight Jamie sorted everything out for me, refunded all the payments which were made in error, as every time I received an email i was paying it, not knowing that i had a lifetime license; I shouldn’t have been receiving emails asking for further money as it is very confusing. Jamie went through my account, found the over payments I had, made refunded 60% of them, i don’t understand why I only got 60% as I’ve made 3 payments for licenses this year, one of them was £142.60 so why don’t i get that back as well???? anyway Jamie has sorted everything out for me now I’m very happy with the service i received.”
Lew473 also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:
Price: ★★★★★
Product: ★★★★★
CustomerService: ★★★★★

Want to hear more from real MacKeeper users?

Visit MacKeeper official YouTube Channel!

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MacKeeper reviews by real customers. Part 2

MacKeeper real customers reviews by Shopper Approved™. Part 2

Several weeks ago we started MacKeeper real customer review series and now we are proud to introduce Part 2.

In this post you will find out what Kerry G., Brian W. and C. Eagle think about MacKeeper.

MacKeeper review by Kerry G.:

Recently purchased two Macs, I had been used to using another computer maintenance suite, very well known one with my PCs, but I realized that something different was going to be required for these two Macs, and I purchased MacKeeper,  …  and I am very very happy with the results, better than the one I was using before. So, thanks to Mackeeper and  …. my maintenance requirements met.

Here is what Kerry G. had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:
“Happy that I could get a "Norton" for Mac without all the attendant hassles of Norton!”
Kerry Gubb also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:
Price: ★★★★☆
Product: ★★★★☆
CustomerService: ★★★★★

MacKeeper customer review by Brian W.:

Very impressed with my time spent with the MacKeeper and regards to my purchase of my computer system security. Very helpful, helped me do the whole process, and made it very simple to access online, what they required to do, to fix any issues that I have on my computer. So kudos to them, they were great, and I will be glad to recommend them to anyone, my family or friends. As the need arises, I will be using them in the future, and when I need assistance on the issues that i have. Thank you.

 Here is what brian wilson had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:
“No issues at this time”
Brian W. also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:
Price: ★★★★☆
Product: ★★★★☆
CustomerService: ★★★★☆

MacKeeper video review by C Eagle:

I have a problem with my MacBook Pro slowing down and I was not sure about security and I had an email from MacKeeper and I looked into it and contacted them. And they dealt with my problem extremely efficiently and professionally remotely. And I have now got much improved speed on my MacBook Pro and my security so much better, so I am very pleased with the result.

Here is what C Eagle had to say about MacKeeper.com in addition to their video testimonial:
“I had a problem with my laptop, which MacKeeper sorted out for me very professionally, and gave me extra benefits. I was impressed with their service.”
C Eagle also gave MacKeeper.com the following ratings:
Price: ★★★★☆
Product: ★★★★★
CustomerService: ★★★★★

Want to hear more from real customers? Visit MacKeeper Review page at Shopper Approved.

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Speed Test For Your Mac

Is Internet connection on your Mac as fast as you think it should be?

If you are curious about the download and upload speed on your Mac, run the MacKeeper™’s speed test.

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Before you start the test, please consider the common standards depending on the type of connection that you use:

Technology                              Exceptional         Typical
Fiber TTH                            →    950/950      →   500/500
Cable DOCSIS3 16×4         →    400/100      →    200/35
Cable USA typical              →    50/30           →    20/5
ADSL                                    →    25/5              →    8/1
Satellite                                →    25/5              →    12/2

After you make sure that your download and upload speed is super fast, it’s time to make your Mac more secure. Mac users feel safe because they believe that their Macs are not vulnerable to malware and viruses. Such false feeling of safety can become a real problem because unprotected computers are an easy catch for malware.
To make sure that all your downloads are safe, activate Real-Time Safe Browsing. With this tool MacKeeper™ can protect you from suspicious websites and malicious files. If your kids use your Mac, better control their online presence by adding dangerous sites to the blacklist.
Finally, we recommend running regular antivirus scans. You don’t have to remember it, just enable this feature in the MacKeeper™ Internet Security window and forget about viruses.

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