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How to monitor XProtect updates in OS X

OS X does not provide a way to monitor XProtect updates, but you can set up a custom script to do so.

By March 14, 2013


New Mac malware opens secure reverse shell

New malware for OS X is making the rounds in security circles, called "Pintsized," but has not yet been determined to be much of a threat.

By February 19, 2013


Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

This week, readers sent in questions about keeping a Mac clean and optimized, external drive permissions, and other topics.

By February 1, 2013


How to change slideshow duration times in OS X

Apple's slideshow effects for screensavers offer limited configuration options, but you can adjust some relevant settings if needed.

By December 27, 2012


Tackle a Mac's name changing with sequential numbers

If a conflict occurs in sharing services, your Mac may start changing its name and append sequential numbers to the end of it.

By November 9, 2012


Lockfiles and other plist file subtypes in OS X Lion

If you browse through the user library in OS X Lion, you may see a number of .plist.lockfile files in your preferences folder. Here is what these and other plist subtypes are all about.

By August 17, 2011


Mouse input temporarily freezing after updating OS X

Tackling third-party launch agents and daemons may help odd system pauses after an OS update.

By October 16, 2012


Check defaults before altering hidden settings in OS X

When making custom changes to a program that go beyond its preferences settings, it can be a good idea to make sure you have a way to revert your edits.

By October 10, 2012


Fixing Parental Controls problem in OS X 10.8.2

If parental control settings for managed accounts are not working after updating OS X, there are several remedies you can try.

By October 1, 2012


iMac and Mac Pro could ditch disc drives, OS code hints

Apple's desktop computers could be about to lose their optical drives.

By August 13, 2012