Want to get rid of your Mac? Not so fast

August 18th, 2021 Apple

Buying a secondhand Mac is a popular way to save money on relatively expensive equipment that retains its value. Conversely, selling your used Mac is a great way to expose yourself to identity theft — unless you follow these steps to keep your personal information safe.

When should you purchase a new Mac?

Like it or not, there will come a time when your once lightning-fast Mac computer can no longer meet modern computing demands. When this happens, you’ll face the following dilemma: should you stick to your current Mac computer or purchase a new one? To help you make this decision, we’ve listed several signs you need to watch out for.

Maximize Your Security with Two-Factor Authentication

Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the best things you can do to improve the security of your email and cloud accounts.  2FA is sometimes called multi-factor authentication (MFA) but for this discussion the terms will be synonymous.

Are Macs Really Safer than PCs?

A very popular belief is that a Mac is safer than a Windows PC.  Although it is true that the nature of Mac operating system secures it against most viruses, Macs are still vulnerable to other types of malicious software such as trojans, ransomware, cryptoviruses, spyware, adware and scareware.  Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security just because you use a Mac.  There are still many measures you must take to protect yourself from infection, data loss and identity theft.

Make Your Smartphone Secure

We focus a lot on network and computer security.  But what should you be doing to keep your smartphone secure?

New smartphones may cost $700 or more, but that is nothing compared to the value of the data stored on your phone.  Identity theft alone will cost you more than $1500 and a huge amount of time to fix.

Pokémon Go Fixes Google Account Security Issue: Follow Up

Earlier this week I reported on a potentially serious Pokémon Go security issue that Niantic, the game’s developer, was given full access to your Google account when the app was installed on iOS devices.

As suspected, this was an bug in the user registration process.

Is Pokemon Go Reading My Email and Docs?

Pokemon Go is an incredibly popular game that has kids and adults wandering neighborhoods and towns seeking to catch elusive Pokemon in “augmented reality.”   It’s a wonderfully addictive game that gets kids off the sofa, away from their video game console and into the real world, even if it is “augmented.