Mary’s X Files, April 2019

Create Unbreakable Passwords
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Every Mac has a brilliant password-generator built in, and it’s called Keychain Access. This is stored in a folder called Utilities in your Applications folder and you can find it with a simple Spotlight search. Locate it and then open it.

1. Save passwords – Whenever you open a new account, be it in an app or website, a strong password will be automatically generated for you and, if used, automatically stored to your Keychain and then filled in automatically when needed.

2. View passwords – You can view your stored passwords in Keychain Access. Select ‘Passwords’ as the featured Category and then double- click on a password-protected item. Now click ‘Show password’, sign in, and then it will be shown.

3. Create passwords – You can click on the ‘+’ icon to create new Keychain items. Fill in the item name (or URL), account name and click on the key icon. This will help you generate a strong password to help protect the account.

Top Five Password Tips
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1. Try to use at least 12 characters in the password so that anyone trying to crack it will need to spend a long time working through the options.

2. Mix and match letters, numbers and symbols. Come up with a memorable sentence that contains both and turn it into a mnemonic to help you remember it.

3. Try to avoid using actual dictionary words. It’s far more secure to go for random letters or a mixture of several random words.

4. Don’t just tack a number one numeral on to the end of your usual password because this is incredibly common. Slip numbers into the middle instead.

5. Mix up your passwords. We know it’s difficult but try and have a different one for each account you use to prevent a hacker from being able to access everything.

New Advertising Options in Mojave
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Your Mac’s Privacy options have been enhanced by macOS Mojave because we now have the Advertising section added to the list in System Preferences > Security&Privacy > Privacy.

Click on this to opt out of receiving ads specifically targeted to your Mac habits. Click ‘Reset Advertising Identifier’ to clear information stored on you or ‘View Ad Information’ to see the info.

Manage Cookies
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Whenever we visit an online site, it’ll leave a cookie on your Mac that checks to see if we have visited that site before and possibly tailor the content accordingly. You have full freedom over what sites can and can’t leave cookies and you can manage this by going to Safari>Preferences>Privacy and clicking ‘Manage Website Data’. Highlight and click ‘Remove’ to delete specific cookies.

Use a VPN
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If you use your MacBook to access public Wi-Fi networks then it is a very good idea to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt all of the data transferred across the network and route it to an end point operated by your VPN provider. Research online for a reliable VPN provider and then, to set it up on your Mac, go to System Preferences>Network, click ‘+’, select ‘VPN’ as the interface and enter the provider details.