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How to get your Mac menu bar under control

Adding apps and software to OS X Yosemite can clutter up the menu bar. Fortunately there are easy ways to fix that problem.

Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Time Machine. Before you know it your menu bar is crowded from both ends. Especially when you're using a smaller screen, like on the MacBook Air, you might like to keep your menu bar tidy. Here's a few of my top recommendations for unflattering your Mac menu bar:

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How to update Flash on your Mac safely and avoid malware

Got a message on your Mac that says you have to update Flash? Make sure it's not a malware hijack, and update Flash safely!

Adobe frequently updates its Flash software with security improvements and other changes. Seeing update messages has become routine enough that some malware developers have started using "Flash updates" as a way of infecting your computer. Learn how to safely update your Mac to the latest version of Flash without worrying about malware or adware getting on there too.

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How to set up two-step authentication for Google and Gmail on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Don't lose your Google info or Gmail archives to a password hack. Set up two-step authentication to protect your most important assets.

When it comes to data you want secured, your email accounts are probably close to the top of the list. Though email is technically an unencrypted medium, the average hacker might not go to too much trouble to grab a single message — but they'd love a peek at your history full of password resets, not to mention getting potential access to your bank accounts or other private information.

Strong passwords can help, but to be as secure as possible, you want to enable two-step authentication.

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How to find anything on your Mac with Spotlight

Whatever you're looking for on your Mac is only a few keystrokes away. Spotlight is a huge time saver!

You can clutter up your Dock up with icons, create aliases and click on the Applications menu in your Favorites sidebar in the Finder. But the quickest way to find what you're looking for doesn't require you to click at all: You can do everything right from the keyboard with Spotlight. Here's how.

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How to access any Mac system preference in one click

Want to make a quick change to any System Preference setting? No need to open the System Preferences app, just click it from the Dock. Here's how!

Apple guru Dave Marra recently tweeted a great Mac tip that I'm going to share with you. Make sure to check out his site for more great Mac tips.

I have to admit that I'm totally ashamed I didn't know this until just the other day, because Marra tells me it's been around since OS X 10.7 Lion.

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How to keep your Mac safe from adware like Genio and Installmac

Sluggish page loading, redirected web searches, popups you can't explain? Your Mac may be infected with adware, says a retail Mac expert.

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Mac Help: Master Yosemite's Privacy settings

Security is on everyone's mind these days. How secure is your Mac? Can other people figure out where you are? What apps have access to your most important data? Read on to understand how Yosemite's Privacy settings are configured, and how to master them.

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Ten ways to pester and delight your friends on iMessage

Last week, Ally somewhat accidentally discovered that if you change an iMessage's group name on your computer, it changes the name for everyone on the thread. It not only led to some pretty hilarious griefing for our other co-workers, but got me thinking about other ridiculous tricks and trolls for making iMessage conversations a little more — shall we say — interesting. So here are ten ridiculous games, tricks, and other nonsense to keep you and your friends laughing throughout the day.

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Mac Help: Creating a guest network

C Webber writes:

What's the best way to limit [a guest's] access to my Wi-Fi?

Here's the scenario: A friend or relative is visiting and wants Internet access, which you're happy to provide. But for whatever reason, you have misgivings about giving them open access to everything else on your home network. What should you do? There's a solution, if you have an AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule of relatively recent (2009-later) vintage.

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How to resize multiple Finder columns at once in OS X Yosemite

Column view is a handy way to look at large collections of files in the Finder. It's my go-to default when I want to arrange contents of Finder windows in easy-to-track lists. I like to reset the column width, however, and I've discovered a handy trick to reset it across an entire window.

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