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Mac Gatekeeper icon with Apple logo

How to Work With and Around Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper, part of the Mac’s security system for ensuring files you download or install on your Mac are safe to use, has been around in one form or another for quite a while. Primarily intended to prevent various forms of malware from infecting the Mac, Gatekeeper has been guarding the Mac since OS X Leopard, though it…
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Use the Mac’s Energy Saver Preference Pane

By making some adjustments in the Energy Saver preference pane, you can better tune your Mac to run at peak performance, save energy, reduce potential data loss when power fails, and extend the runtime and battery life of portable...

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Guide to Family Sharing: Managing Sharing Options

In part one of our Guide to Family Sharing, we learned how to set up the service. In part two of our Guide to Family Sharing, we’ll take a look at how to share various purchases and subscriptions, and...

Mac Family Sharing Icon - A Rocket Yard Guide Guide to Family Sharing: How to...
Family Sharing is one of the many perks of owning an Apple product: the ability to allow up to six family members to share purchases made in the iTunes/Music...

macOS Terminal icon with words that say "Bash to Zsh" Moving From Bash to Zsh: Terminal...
macOS Catalina has a number of new features and capabilities, but one change that’s often overlooked is the new shell used in Terminal to interact with the Mac via...

macOS Snapshots Working with macOS Snapshots
Snapshots are a feature of APFS (Apple File System) that has been part of the macOS since High Sierra. A snapshot captures the state of an APFS formatted drive,...

How to Restore Data From Time...
Time Machine is certainly an easy-to-use app for backing up your data. It's free, and comes installed and ready to use with the Mac OS. In many of our...

Using an External Drive as Your...
Using an external device as your Mac’s primary startup device can offer a number of advantages, as we outlined in Using an External Drive as Your Startup Drive: Part 1....

Using an External Drive as Your...
External drives have long been used for adding more storage space to Macs. They provide a cost-effective means to increase storage for media libraries and documents, as well as...

Move or Manage the Music, Apple...
macOS Catalina’s new media apps - Music, Apple TV, and Podcasts - are the replacement for the older iTunes app, which handled most of these media types in a...