It’s great until your mobile device falls into the wrong hands, somebody hacks into your online account, or the online storage provider suffers a privacy breach. Depending on the data you stored online, that sweet solution could leave a sour aftertaste. One solution is to encrypt the data before it is stored online using EncFS, a tool that encrypts an entire folder structure, but file by file, as opposed to a single container like TrueCrypt. Because it stores data encrypted and decrypts only when mounted using a password, the data residing on mobile devices and in the cloud is securely encrypted if lost or compromised.
EncFS is a mature, decade old solution with broad platform support, including Linux, Windows, Macintosh, iPhone/iPad, Android, and a variety of online storage platforms. Apps that make use simple include:
BoxCryptor – Windows, Windows RT, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Box.net
I’m known at my job and with friends of being a Mac fan, which is true. It wasn’t always like that however. I’ve spent the majority of my IT career behind a keyboard of a PC (well, and a Linux machine when I was a Redhat Server Administrator) 😉 Customers and friends often ask why I use a Mac, and I thought that this experience of a blogger who works for a site called Tuaw summed it up nicely. Just like he mentions- Macs are not perfect- but even when things go wrong, the overall experience has been way less frustrating than experiences that I’ve had with a PC.
I’ve been pretty happy with Apple Mail, which I use on my Mac for a few personal email accounts (including an iCloud account and a Gmail account). However some things just annoy me with it. Compared to Gmail and other email providers, sometimes the flexibility is lacking or it just doesn’t work the way you think it should. It also might be my imagination, but it seems to be running slower with my large email amount than it has in the past. So I stumbled across another email program for the Mac called “Sparrow”. So far, it’s worked amazingly with both my iCloud account and my Gmail account. It’s very fast and responsive and has some things that seem easier to do in my opinion compared to Apple Mail. If Apple Mail is getting you a little irritated, I’d suggest taking a look at Sparrow.
They have a “free”, ad support version, or a paid version which costs $9.95.
One thing to note, they don’t support Microsoft Exchange accounts like Apple Mail does. So if you need Exchange support, you’ll need to stick with Apple Mail or Microsoft Office 2011.
The third update to OS X Lion, 10.7.3, has been released and is now available in Software Update. A list of some of 10.7.3’s fixes are below. Of potentially greatest interest is the fix that purports to “resolve a Wi-Fi connection issue when waking from sleep” — I know both of my Macs have fallen prey to this bug several times under Lion, and it’s been a fairly widespread issue. Hopefully this bug has indeed been squashed once and for all.
The OS X Lion v10.7.3 Update includes Safari 5.1.3 and fixes that include:
Add Catalan, Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian language support
Address issues when using smart cards to log into OS X
Address compatibility issues with Microsoft Windows file sharing
Address an issue printing Microsoft Word documents that use markup
Address a graphics performance issue after sleep on some earlier iMacs that use ATI graphics
Resolve a Wi-Fi connection issue when waking from sleep
Address an issue that may prevent Safari from opening before joining a wireless network
Fix a potential issue authenticating to an SMB DFS share
Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras
OS X 10.7.3 is available via Software Update, or you can download it directly from Apple’s support site.
Flushing the DNS on Mac OS X Lion is quite simple. Just follow the below steps:
1) Change to “root” by using the following command: su –
Enter the root password when prompted. If you don’t know the “root” password for your system, you can set it by following this Apple KB article: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1528
2) Type in the following command to flush the DNS: dscacheutil -flushcache
I found a very helpful site that had a lot of “tweaks” for Mac OS X users that have a SSD hard drive. There are several other places that have some of this information as well, but this site has them in a single post and an easy to read layout.
I’ve been struggling with this problem for a while now and I was trying Onyx to clean things up and other tips and tricks to no avail. As it turns out, there were the processes VMware Fusion Helper and Microsoft Database Deamon running in the background that was causing the problem. When I killed it using the activity monitor and shutdown the system, it shutdown very quickly. To fix the issue I had to modify my “login items” in my account settings. I removed them from the list so it wouldn’t automatically startup. All is well now.
Saw this today where an end-user clicked on a safe looking site for a background picture and got infected with “browser malware”, which completely hi-jacks the browser where you cannot do anything until “accepting” their “survey”. They were using Safari v4 on a Mac.
The message stated to go take a survey from “customersurveypanels.com” and locked the browser.
Steps to Solve:
1) Force Quit Safari
2) Disconnect from network / disable WiFi
3) Start Safari
4) “Accept” prompt that comes up (ok since you are not connected to internet)
5) Page will time-out, browser should be usable again
6) Click on Safari in the upper toolbarand Select Reset Safari.
7) Click at least (I’d recommend all checkmarks) EmptyCache and Remove All Cookies.
8) Click the Reset button.
9) Quit and re-launch the browser.
The above worked and resolved the issue in my situation. Hope it helps!
Maybe it’s a good time to go download FireFox and start using that browser 😉