Mac Tips

How do I get rid of "xfinitywifi?"

Comcast may be using your home router to broadcast a public wi-fi hotspot. Find out what that means, and how to get rid of it.

There are a lot of Comcast cable modems leased by residential and business customers. Millions, in fact. In 2014 Comcast created a public network on many of them called "xfinitywifi." If you're a Comcast customers, you can use this public hotspot to sign in — using your own comcast.net e-mail address — to access the Internet. The network has confused and worried some of our readers, however. If you're one of them, here's what you need to know.

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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 keep your Mac safe for your kids

How to keep your kids safe while on the Mac with Parental Controls in OS X Yosemite

Keeping your kids safe while using the computer is paramount in many parents' minds. Fortunately Apple gives you the resources you need to keep your Mac safe for little ones. So today I'm going to give you some tips on the parental control features that are available to you in OS X Yosemite.

If you have questions about how to get Parental Controls working on iOS, make sure to check out our Ultimate Guide.

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How to create text shortcuts in OS X Yosemite

Save some mileage on your fingers — and your keyboard — with this quick trick.

If you frequently type the same things over and over again, the Mac can save you the time and trouble of having to type it out in full each time. It involves something called text shortcuts and once you learn how to use them, you'll never want to be without them.

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How to install Parallels Desktop and Windows 10 on your Mac

Now that Parallels Desktop supports Windows 10 Technical Preview, you can safely run Microsoft's new OS on your Mac.

Apple's Boot Camp software lets Macs runs Windows by restarting in Windows instead of OS X. Boot Camp, however, doesn't officially support Windows 10 yet. In the interim, there are other ways to get Windows 10 to work on the Mac. One of the best ways is using Parallels Desktop 10. Here's how!

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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 Marrathon.com 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 upgrade your MacBook Air with more storage

One of the best ways to get more life out of an aging Mac is to upgrade the storage. In some cases you'll want to go faster. In other cases, you'll want to go bigger.

I carried a MacBook Air for two years but gave up on it in favor of a Retina MacBook Pro with beefier SSD storage, and haven't regretted it. The MacBook Air is still with us, in the hands of my college-aged son. It's time for a storage upgrade to get him a couple more years with it. Here's how.

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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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Yes, you can still download free Mac apps from the web

Windows PC owners are used to downloading an inordinate amount of free — and sometimes suspect — software from the web. One of our readers, and new Mac owner, B.N., writes in to ask if it's possible to do the same thing on OS X.

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