Do I Need An Anti-Virus App On My iPhone?

Do you need an anti-virus app on your iPhone? The short answer is no, there is very little risk that your iPhone could get infected with malicious software, like a virus. However, one should continue to be vigilant and concerned about the security of one’s phone and the personal data on it. There are a few things you should do to keep your data and your phone as secure as possible. Read More

Does Your Mac Need More Memory?

Does your Mac need more memory? If you’re not sure of the difference between memory and storage please review my article about this. Briefly, a computer’s memory is a computer’s working space. The computer temporarily stores open files and open applications in memory. If your Mac doesn’t have enough memory then its performance can be negatively impacted. I’ll provide you an easy way to check to see if your Mac would benefit from having more memory. Read More

Change Firefox’s Homepage On Your Mac

Would you like to change the initial page displayed when you open Firefox on your Mac? If so, follow these instructions. Fortunately, Google hasn’t changed this very much over the past few years.

These instructions will certainly work on Firefox versions 40-57, and maybe newer versions.

  • Open Firefox, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences
  • In the When Firefox starts section choose Show your home page
  • Locate the section named Home page and type in the address of the page that you want to be your home page, such as www.nytimes.com, www.google.com or www.duckduckgo.com (Note: you do not need to type the http:// at the front of address that you type, Safari will automatically add http://.)

That’s it. Quit Firefox and then re-open to test the changes that you made.

Use The Look Up Feature On Your Mac, iPhone or iPad

Did you know that you can easily look up any word’s definition that you’re reading in an email or web page on your Mac, iPhone or iPad? All of your Apple devices have built-in dictionaries which are used to display definitions. Here are instructions for performing a look up on your Mac. Instructions for your iPhone or iPad appear below.

The following instructions work in nearly every Mac application, but I’ll use Safari as my example.

  1. Open Safari and visit a web page, such as an article at the New York Times web site.
  2. Double click any word on the web page to select it.
  3. Hold down the Control key on your keyboard and click once on the selected word.
  4. Select Look Up selected word
  5. A dictionary definition will appear on your screen, right next to the select word

Here are instructions for performing a look up on your iPhone or iPad.

The following instructions work in nearly every Mac application, but I’ll use Safari as my example.

  1. Open Safari and visit a web page, such as an article at the New York Times web site.
  2. Tap and hold on a word to select it.
  3. A black bar listing several commands will appear, tap on Look Up
  4. The dictionary definition will be displayed on screen.
  5. When you’re done reading the definition tap on the Done button in the upper right corner to be returned to the web page you were reading.

Look Up

Change Google Chrome’s Homepage On Your Mac

Would you like to change the initial page displayed when you open Google Chrome on your Mac? If so, follow these instructions. Fortunately, Google hasn’t changed this very much over the past few years.

These instructions will certainly work on Chrome versions 49-63, and maybe newer versions.

  • Open Chrome, click on the Chrome menu and select Preferences
  • Scroll down to the On Startup section and choose the option named Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Choose Add a new page and then type in the web page address in the Site URL field. Older versions of Chrome don’t have an Add a new page option. Instead, click on Set pages then type in the web page address in the Enter URL field.
  • Click the Add button. In older versions of Chrome click the OK button.

If Apple’s Photos Application Doesn’t Meet Your Needs Consider Adobe Lightroom CC

Do you use Apple’s Photos application to store and edit your photos on your Mac? Photos is a capable Mac application and Apple continually slips in new features and refines the interface since they introduced it in April 2015. For example, in Photos version 3.0, introduced as part of macOS High Sierra in October 2017, Apple added the ability to let you use an external photo editor such as Pixelmator, Affinity Photo, Photoshop and others. However, if you find that Photos isn’t robust enough to meet your needs, consider Adobe’s new application named Lightroom CC. Don’t get confused, Adobe has had an application named Lightroom CC for a number of years, but it has now been renamed Lightroom Classic CC. Adobe has supplemented it with a new application named Lightroom CC. This new Lightroom CC is positioned between Apple’s Photos and Lightroom Classic CC in terms of capabilities. So, if Photos isn’t enough for you but the previous Lightroom was too intimidating, it could be time to look at the new Lightroom CC. Tidbits has written a great article about the new Lightroom CC and why it’s a step up from Photos as well as Lightroom Classic CC.

Change Safari’s Homepage On Your Mac

Would you like to change the initial page displayed when you open Safari on your Mac? If so, follow these instructions. Fortunately, Apple hasn’t changed how this is done in many versions of Safari. These instructions will certainly work on Safari versions 5-11 on Mac OS X version 10.6.x up to macOS High Sierra (aka OS X 10.13).

  • Open Safari, click on the Safari menu and select Preferences
  • Click on the General icon on the top row of icons
  • Locate the section named Homepage and type in the address of the page that you want to be your homepage, such as www.nytimes.com, www.google.com or www.duckduckgo.com (Note: you do not need to type the http:// at the front of address that you type, Safari will automatically add http://.)

Are You Prepared If Your Mac Is Stolen?

Are you prepared to handle the theft of your Mac? Unfortunately, I had to test my own disaster recovery procedures when my laptop was stolen this past week. In situations like this, I believe there are two priorities. First, is the data on the Mac inaccessible? Second, can one get up and running on another Mac with all of one’s data? Let me tell you how I faired and the systems that I relied upon. Read More