Be Careful of Fake Safari URLs

Be Careful of Fake Safari URLs


From November 2019

According to MacRumors, there is a new malware scheme where file types are disguised as safer files such as “.pdf” and “.doc” and automatically opened in Safari after download. Since Safari would think the files are safe, based on the file extension, the computer might download a “.zip” or some other file type and automatically introduce malware to the file system.

Luckily, this can be prevented. To prevent this, open Safari, open the Safari menu on the top of your screen, and go to Preferences, then click the General tab at the top.

Under this menu, you can uncheck “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”. This will ensure you do not automatically open files after downloading them from Safari.

 

 

 

5 Useful Finder Tricks and Shortcuts

5 Useful Finder Tricks and Shortcuts


From November 2019

Copying or Moving Documents: In Finder, you can copy a document under Command C, and then paste the duplicate on your desktop or elsewhere in Finder with Command V.
Undo an action: You can use go to Edit: Undo or hit Command Z to undo an action in Finder. This could undo renaming a file, moving it to a folder, or even deleting a file (i.e. moving it to Trash) if done immediately after.

Put back: If you select and right-click on a file in the Trash, you can click on “Put Back” and the file would be put back to its original spot. You can also do this once Trash is open by clicking on the “File” tab in the Apple toolbar on top of the screen and then scrolling down to “Put Back.”

Creating a New Folder with Selected Documents: Once you select multiple documents using the Command key in Finder, under the “File” tab in the Apple toolbar on top of the screen, you can select “New Folder with Selection.”

Show path to document: With Finder open, under the “View” tab of the Apple toolbar, you can select “Show Path Bar” which will show all folders a selected document is in at the bottom of Finder.

 

PLEASE check in with us before upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina

PLEASE check in with us before upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina


From October 2019

MacOS Catalina 10.15 will make many older applications unusable after you upgrade. Potentially incompatible apps and devices include EHR systems (like MacPractice), digital radiography sensors, and other specialized equipment. Popular software like Microsoft Office 2011 and some Adobe CS6 (and older) applications will no longer work at all with the new operating system.
Beyond fully disabling some apps, keep in mind that the very first version of software like 10.15.0 (before any ‘patches’ or updates) can often be buggy, unstable, and incompatible with the software you use every day. Unless there is a compelling reason to upgrade, in general we advise against upgrading at this moment.

Here’s how to find out which apps you currently have that will be no longer work after upgrading to macOS Catalina 10.15.

Once you have verified that you can safely upgrade to 10.15, here are some new features that might benefit you:

• Better Data Protection: The operating system runs in a dedicated read-only system volume that prevents anything from overwriting or subverting critical files. Apps also have to be “notarized” by Apple, which means they have been checked for known security issues.

• Mail App: Mail is changing its classic layout to a column layout with a preview of selected, but unopened emails. Mail can now block certain email addresses. It also can mute long email threads and lets you unsubscribe from mail newsletters more easily.

• Notes App: Notes will now have better search options, a gallery view, and folder sharing capacity with a “read-only” sharing option.

 

Running out of space?

Running out of space?


From October 2019

If you get this message it likely means your computer’s storage is above 85% capacity, and you might experience issues with your computer until the drive gets 100% full—at which point your computer becomes unusable. To find out how much storage space you have (macOS 10.12 and later), go to the Apple icon at the very top left of your screen and click “About This Mac” and then select the Storage tab at the top. The Storage window will show a Manage… button. From there you will be able to see which files, folders, and applications are taking up the most space on your drive.
For more complete instructions check out thisarticle on Apple.