Do you need virus protection if you’re running OS X? It’s not a terrible idea. Do you need a firewall if you’re on a Mac? Absolutely. Mac Internet Security X8 from Intego provides both in a flexible package that makes security understandable, friendly, and flexible for mobile users. It keeps you safe without interfering with the work you need to do on the Internet.
The Internet’s full of spies and hackers! Everyday users probably stand a low chance of falling victim to one, but for an added measure of protection, Cloak gives you the benefit of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) without all the hassle of setting up and maintaining your own.
MacPaw is as interested in digital security as you are, and they have developed a handy app to prove it. Hider 2 allows you to encrypt and render non-viewable any file you want to hide on your Mac. Just to be clear, yes, there are things you cannot hide with this app, such as other apps or file folders in your root directory. Otherwise, the folders on your Mac can be dropped into the hider app to protect everything within the folder.
Cyber security isn’t just something Windows users have to worry about anymore. Between Java- and Flash-based virus and phishing schemes, Mac users can fall victim to hackers just as easily, but ESET’s Cyber Security software is designed to help prevent that.
As our computers get larger hard drives, their ability to hold more stuff increases. How bad all this unnecessary stuff is might be up for debate, but it’s probably not necessary. And if it’s not necessary, you may as well get rid of it. Shiny Soap from Shinysoft has distilled their software down to the nitty-gritty to provide as simple an interface as one could have. However, sometimes too simple is too much lost.
While I like Washing Machine’s interface and the ability to focus in the various types of items you may want to investigate for cleaning up, I found the lack of detail about what you might be doing potentially dangerous—you really do not want to delete files you need, nor do you want to make the wrong choice and delete the wrong one of multiple files.
There are other cloud storage and synching services: Apple’s own iCloud, Box, iDolly, Google Cloud, Microsoft SkyDrive, and more. However, while they all have their virtues, none of them matches Dropbox for no hassle, transparent, “just works” functionality in the context of keeping work in progress—along with recently archived files—on several work platform laptops and my iPad harmoniously synchronized.
After almost 10 years of beta testing, Quicksilver finally announced “final” 1.0 status a few weeks back. Quicksilver is a launcher utility app (and a whole lot more, if you want it to be) for Mac OS X that gives you the ability to perform common, everyday tasks rapidly and efficiently.
Dr. Rolf Jansen’s little clock app for OS X is pretty much a one-trick pony, but it is also just plain pretty. The Clock is simply a ticker clock that displays the current time and moves its hands in a seconds cycle. It also updates its Dock icon with the current time, and ticks very gently when the clock window is open. You can hide the clock window from the Clock menu to silence the clock.
Most public WiFi networks are insecure or poorly secured, which means any user on the network can freely view the information you send and receive. If you’re worried about securing your private information, Cloak can help you guarantee your privacy on public WiFi networks.
CleanMyMac 2 was officially released last week, bringing with it a major interface overhaul and a total of eight modules designed to help you tweak your Mac for maximum performance, space, and efficiency. Whether you want to clean up old, unused files, remove unnecessary software, or just give your Mac a good spring cleaning, CMM makes it simple and fast. But is it necessary?
Mac Backup Guru for OS X is a file backup utility that claims to combine traditional cloning and file-synching methods in one user-friendly app that can easily and quickly produce a backup disk upon which Mac users can rely. With a single Start button, the user can sync the contents of any source with a backup destination via the Finder.