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How To: Update Adobe Flash Player on Mac OS X

Truong Nguyen How-To

Updating Adobe Flash Player is not the most straightforward process even for the most experienced Mac users. Security vulnerabilities with Adobe Flash have caused many to uninstall Flash altogether. Nevertheless, many popular sites still use Flash and uninstalling it can be inconvenient and cumbersome. The main issue with updating Adobe Flash Player is that some update warnings are fake and may prompt you to click and download malware and ransomware on your Mac. Whenever you’re prompted to update your Flash Player, you should verify the validity of any updates through System Preferences rather than by clicking on a website button. …

Free up Disk Space on your MacBook or iMac

Truong Nguyen How-To

Running out of disk space on your MacBook Pro or iMac? You may notice a slowness when running programs, accessing files or saving documents. You may begin to see warning messages that “Your startup disk is almost full”. Your startup disk or internal hard drive is a lot like your house. It’s a place where you store your things, your digital belongings. Just as you can outgrow your house, so too can you outgrow your laptop’s hard drive. So how can you find out if you are running out of space? The first step is to know how much space …

How To: Remove iOS Ransomware on the iPhone and iPad

Truong Nguyen How-To

Has your iPhone or iPad been affected by ransomware? Are you seeing messages like this? They demand that you call a number and give out your credit card information or send a PayPal payment. Your browser seems to be locked. You can’t get into a new tab or close the message out even when you quit Safari. First, don’t call and give out your information. Try these simple steps instead to clear the message: Put your iPhone or iPad into airplane mode by going to Settings. Airplane mode is the first choice. Within Settings, scroll all the way down to …

Ransomware, Malware, Adware and Virus Removal for Mac OS X

Truong Nguyen How-To

As Mac OS X platform has increased in popularity, so have the needs for ransomware, malware, adware and virus removal/protection. The number of Macs affected by ransomware, malware and spyware has unfortunately been on the rise. These attempts come in many different forms. Malware (Spigot, Genio, etc.) often portrays itself as security protection software but is really doing almost the opposite. On older Macs, it may take up such a large amount of the computer’s resources that there will only be a constant beach ball (or spinning wheel of death). Another issue is Adware. Adware floods your computer with annoying …

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Apple 27″ iMac Dual SSD Upgrade

Truong Nguyen How-To

One of the most effective upgrades for an aging Mac is an SSD (solid state drive) upgrade. I received an inquiry from a freelance video editor in St. Paul about speeding up his Apple 27″ iMac. This iMac had gotten so slow that it was used as a glorified display to a MacBook Pro retina. We both agreed an SSD upgrade was the right path to take. Having worked on these iMac before, I know there’s a hack to mount a second hard drive which I proposed could be used as a scratch drive – very beneficial in video post editing …