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Make your Mac safer online: Five tips for better password security

Gotofail. Heartbleed. Target. Sony's PlayStation Network. The NSA. It seems like every few weeks, there's a new story circulating in the news about major security breach concerning systems that you rely on. What can you do to protect yourself?

The bottom line is that attacks do happen, so it's best to try to minimize the risk you face when these services inevitably are breached. Here are some tips to help you stay as safe as possible by changing your password habits.

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How to disable Notification Center on the Lock screen of your iPhone and iPad

Notification Center collects all of the notifications your receive on your iPhone or iPad into one easy to access place. By default you can even pull down Notification Center from your Lock screen to see any messages or other notifications you may have missed. However, if you prefer Notification Center to not be accessible from the Lock screen for privacy reasons, there's an easy way to disable it. Here's how!

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How to clean out old Mail downloads and reclaim disk space on your Mac!

If you're running low on disk space on your Mac, especially SSD space, every extra bit can count. One of the places you can often scrape out a few extra megabytes or even gigabytes is Mail Downloads. Any attachments you open in Mail or Quick Look gets saved right to that folder. Chances are you don't need them, especially the old ones, and trashing them will free up some valuable space.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 got you giving up on Android? Here's how to switch to iPhone!

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a great phone that'll no doubt appeal to a great many people. But nothing appeals to everyone, and that's okay because there are a ton of amazing options to be had, including the iPhone 5s. Whether you left iPhone to go Android and are now desperate to come back, or if the Galaxy S5 was finally enough to drive you to iPhone for the first time, it's easy to make the switch.

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Five tips to get even better battery life from your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

OS X Mavericks software and Haswell chipsets meant Apple could put a lot of emphasis in 2013 to improving battery life and power efficiency in its laptops. But that doesn't mean we can't do better. We can always do better. So here's five suggestions for how to improve the battery life of your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro even more.

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Did zapping Bluetooth fix your Wi-Fi? Let's figure out why

This past week I brought you a tip about fixing Wi-Fi wake from sleep issues on some Mavericks-equipped Macs. The fix involves deleting a file in your Mac's library folder.

Why it works is still beyond my understanding, but suffice it to say that it's fixed the problem for me, as well as for many of you. Now I'd like to take it to the next step to figure out why the problem is happening.

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How to move existing iWork files from your Mac to iCloud

If you've been using iWork — Pages, Keynote, or Numbers — on your Mac for a long time, chances are you have older files stored locally rather than in Apple's online service, iCloud. While those files are still perfectly good, they don't benefit from iCloud's Documents in the Cloud sync service, which lets you open copies on any other Mac, iPhone, iPad you may have logged into your account, nor can they be shared or accessed via iCloud.com. If you want all of that sync and access goodness, you'll need to move your Keynote, Pages, or Numbers files from your Mac to iCloud. Luckily, it's easy to do!

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How to replace the battery in your iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 has been selling for over a year-and-a-half now and that means battery life just won't be what it used to be for anyone who has owned one for any length of time. That's just how batteries and charge cycles work. If you're starting to experience greatly reduced battery life on your iPhone 5, are no longer under AppleCare, but aren't ready to upgrade yet, you can always try a DIY repair. Not only it it easy but it's a whole lot more affordable than a new iPhone. Follow along and we'll walk you through from start to finish!

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Having Wi-Fi problems on your Mac running OS X Mavericks? Here's a fix!

As near as I can tell, somewhere along the way after I upgraded to Mavericks, my Retina MacBook Pro stopped working right. It wouldn't reconnect to a Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep. I had to manually reconnect it; often I'd have to toggle Wi-Fi off and on again to make it work. Turns out a wonky Bluetooth preference file was the culprit. I'm still not clear on why. Here's how to fix it.

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Top 10 keyboard shortcuts every new Mac owner needs to know!

If you just picked up your first Mac you may be scratching your head when you look at the keyboard for the first time. It's a little different than the Windows counterpart but that doesn't mean it's any harder to use and navigate. There is no shortage of handy keyboard shortcuts to help you move around OS X as fast and efficiently as possible. Here are the keyboard shortcuts we think every Mac owner should know right from the start:

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