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macOS offers a number of drive encryption options. With a Mac with a T2 chip built in, the startup volume is always encrypted. On other Macs, enabling FileVault encrypts that volume. (On all Macs, FileVault provides additional protection for a powered-down Mac, too.) You can also select a drive in the Finder, Control-click it, and …

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A VPN service can often be distinct or unique in its app design, approach to privacy, extra services and tools, and general branding. Despite this, you might be surprised to learn that a number of VPNs are under a single corporate umbrella. IPVanish is one such example—it’s owned by J2 Global, under its Netprotect division, …

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In a little-noticed change that arrived with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple re-enabled the option to have a recovery key associated with an Apple ID. The Apple ecosystem-spanning account system offers two-factor authentication, which requires both a password and a device or phone number associated with the account to login. The recovery key layers …

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Apple’s new, cheaper HomePod is a tough smart speaker to nail down. On the one hand, the HomePod Mini boasts impressive audio quality for its size. On the other hand, it doesn’t sound as good as other smart speakers in its price range. The HomePod Mini also has a Thread radio that lets it act …

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Freedom from hardware rental fees is a big reason to ditch cable TV, but before you can cut the cord, you’ll still have to invest in some hardware up front. That’s why Black Friday is a great time to make the jump. With so many streaming devices and over-the-air DVRs on sale, you can get …

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Macs are undergoing a big change. Apple is switching its internal architecture from one that uses Intel CPUs, third-party graphics processors, and other parts, to the company’s own “system on a chip.” The first Apple silicon SoC for Macs is called the M1.  It’s a big step for Apple and the Mac. But what does …

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Last week Apple announced a huge change to the App Store rules, saying those making less than $1 million a year will be charged 15 percent instead of 30 percent. While it doesn’t come close to fixing all the problems with the App Store, you can at least say that it’s a pretty big improvement, …