Building The Perfect Beast

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Little Snitch Keeps an Eye on Your Internet Connections

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Apple’s built-in firewall makes sure incoming connections are secure, but do you know which applications are sending data out from your Mac and where? For that you need an app like Little Snitch. (And you need to take a look at my latest Working Mac column!)

Written by Jeffery Battersby

July 2nd, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Fire Up Your Firewall

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Yolanda asked and I answered. She was looking for good firewall protection for her Mac. Fortunately, she needed to look no further than her Mac’s Security and Privacy preferences to fire up her firewall! June 25th’s most excellent Working Mac column.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 25th, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Spam filtering on the cheap

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Looking for the best way to filter your domain-based SPAM? Look no further than MX Guarddog. Top notch and, better yet, FREE.

Check out my Working Mac column on MX Guarddog here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 18th, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Working Mac: Checking your Mac for viruses — wait, what?

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In the latest edition of Working Mac I take a look at how your Mac handles viruses and malware and how you can avoid being an asymptomatic carrier of Windows viruses.

Working Mac: Checking your Mac for viruses — wait, what? | via Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 27th, 2015 at 10:53 am

Save Your Bandwidth by Using a Caching Server

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Apple’s caching server, a service that’s part of Apple’s Server app, is easy to set up and something so simple to use that you should have one in your house and office.

My latest Working Mac column at Macworld takes you through the paces of setting one up. It’s easy! Just do it!

Working Mac: Save your bandwidth by using a caching server | via Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 14th, 2015 at 10:28 am

Zero Tolerance is Exactly What it Sounds Like

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Four men in four separate cities are dead over a shoplifted cigar, a single sold cigarette, a legal pocket knife and a domestic order for child support. Do any of us feel appreciably safer for the cost? Do any of us still want to talk about breaking a few eggs to make that omelet? Do any of us still want to defend the absurd and brutalizing notion that by using our police officers to stalk our ghettoes heaving criminal charge upon criminal charge at every standing human being, we are fixing, or helping, or even intelligently challenging the other America to find a different future for itself?

Why yes, yes we do. Incredibly, we do.

Brilliant bit by David Simon in the aftermath of Baltimore and Ferguson and, damn… there’s really a list…

Source: Zero tolerance is exactly what it sounds like:

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 12th, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Posted in Asides,Commentary

The Truth About Macs in the Enterprise

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Security, manageability, and lower TCO are why Macs should comprise 10 to 25 percent of a company’s work PCs.

An excellent article by Galen Gruman, which is a followup, or, really, a response to the comments on this article in InfoWorld: Windows 10 won’t save the PC.

If anyone, including those in IT, has told you that Macs don’t make sense in corporate IT, they’re still living in the 90s. While Macs don’t make sense in every situation, they make great sense in many more situations than they don’t.

The truth about Macs in the enterprise | via Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 9th, 2015 at 7:44 am

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