Configure Your iPhone To Delete Text Messages After 1 Year

To prevent your iPhone from accumulating gigabytes of text messages, I recommend that you configure it to delete messages after 1 year. Text messages are typically quite small so they won’t consume much space, but the photos and videos that are attached can gobble up space. If you’d like to save some of these attachments then please read this older Tech Tip about saving photos and videos from text messages. Read More

Securely Erase Your Mac’s Solid State Hard Drive

Do you want to either sell or retire a Mac that has a solid state hard drive (aka Flash Storage)? If so, it is prudent to securely erase the hard drive beforehand. Here are instructions on how to do this. This procedure will make all of your personal data inaccessible. During this process we will be enabling FileVault, which encrypts everything on your Mac’s hard drive. Then we will reformat the hard drive which prevents anybody from accessing anything that was stored on the hard drive.

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Completely Erase Your iPhone Or Pad

Do you have an older iPhone or iPad that you’ve retired or that you want to donate, give away or sell? If so, you likely want to remove all of your stuff from it. Apple has made it easy to do this, simply follow the instructions below. Just to be clear, this process will restore your device to how it was configured when you initially took it out of its box. All of your data and apps will be removed. The iPhone or iPad’s operating system, called iOS, and the core apps that Apple installs will remain on the device. The version of iOS will not be reverted to an earlier version. Instead, the version of iOS that you have installed will remain intact. Read More

Set Up An Out Of Office Message In Gmail

If you have a Gmail account or a G Suite (formerly called Google Apps) email account, then you ought to know how to set up an out-of-office message. This feature is sometimes also called an auto-reply. Google calls it a Vacation Responder. Regardless of what you call it, here is how you can configure it.

  • Open a web browser and login to your Gmail account
  • Click the gear icon in the upper right corner and select Settings
  • Click on the General tab.
  • Locate the Vacation Responder section and click on the button to turn it on.
  • Type in an appropriate subject, such as Auto-Response as well as corresponding message text.
  • Select dates for the start and end dates of the auto-responder in the First Day and Last Day fields.
  • Click the Save Changes button.

For more detailed instructions and information about other related options read this LifeWire article.


Using The iPhone’s Do Not Disturb Feature

Turn on the iPhone’s Do Not Disturb feature to completely silence your iPhone (or iPad). This feature can be very handy if you sleep with your iPhone or iPad close to your bed. I typically have my iPhone’s ringer set to Silent mode, but if I’m in a meeting and I don’t want my phone to buzz or ding at all then I will enable Do Not Disturb. Read More

ScamZapper Prevents Bogus Warnings In Safari

Have you been annoyed by bogus pop-up warnings while viewing web pages in Safari? These bogus warnings typically use very dire wording. They often implore you to call a 1-800 phone number. These warnings have become increasingly common over the past 2 years. I previously wrote about these bogus warnings and how to deal with them if you see one on your Mac. If you’d like to avoid getting these warnings please install ScamZapper. ScamZapper for Intel Macs requires OS X 10.6 or higher. ScamZapper for older PowerPC Macs requires OS X 10.2 or higher. ScamZapper is a free application and the download pages provided detailed installation instructions if you need some guidance. If you like the product please consider donating a few dollars to support this products development.