“Take Control of FileVault” explains how to protect your Mac’s data in the event of theft

Perish the thought, but if your Mac were stolen, would you worry about the thief — or whoever the Mac was fenced to — seeing your email, photos, financial data, and other sensitive information? OS X’s built-in FileVault encryption technology can ensure that your Mac’s contents are safe from prying eyes, but if you’re hesitant to entrust your data to FileVault before you understand how it works, “Take Control of FileVault” will dispel any misconceptions, answer your questions, and get you running FileVault with confidence. The book normally costs $10, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $7. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.

http://tid.bl.it/tco-filevault-mug-discount

Security expert Joe Kissell begins by demystifying FileVault in a quick FAQ that explains, among other things, how it is that you can work with your startup drive normally even though all the data on it is encrypted. It also explains the distinction between today’s FileVault 2 and Legacy FileVault, which was completely different. After the FAQ, Joe provides detailed steps for activating and using FileVault on both your startup volume and external drives. He also explains how FileVault interacts with your backups and how to use Find My Mac to lock or wipe a stolen Mac’s drive once you’ve turned on FileVault.

Put bluntly, even ignoring personal data, if you have a MacBook that contains business data, such as customer names and addresses, credit card numbers, or the like, you should be enabling FileVault. Too many laptops are nicked from coffeeshops or left in cabs to risk leaving the drive unencrypted.

Additional topics include making and using encrypted disk images, third-party software that can encrypt just a single file or folder, and accessing special FileVault features from the command line.

Thank you for your support of our authors and the Take Control series!

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

Take Control helps you beta test OS X Yosemite with confidence

Apple today released the public beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite!

Simultaneously, we’ve published “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite,” by Joe Kissell. You can buy it for a suggested price of $5 from Leanpub. Read on for all the details, or just click the link to get your ebook:

http://tid.bl.it/tco-yosemite-beta-leanpub

The Yosemite beta is exciting stuff, at least for those of us who love poking around in new software to see what has changed. But the rewards of beta testing come with risks and responsibilities, so in “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite,” Joe Kissell draws on years of experience with testing every version of OS X since 10.3 Panther to make sure you know what you’re getting into. Follow Joe’s advice and you can be confident that you won’t mess up anything as you switch to and from the beta.

In the 51-page book, Joe teaches you what’s involved with beta testing in general, and he discusses the pros and cons of installing the beta on a startup volume, virtual machine, separate volume, SuperDuper sandbox, or (best of all) a separate Mac. Next up, you’ll run the installer (without letting it delete itself). With installation completed, Joe suggests key post-installation tasks and categories of software you may need to reinstall, plus gives tips on how to look for new features and report any bugs you may find. Perhaps most important, Joe explains how to switch between the beta and your main installation of OS X, how to downgrade from Yosemite if necessary, and how to upgrade to release version when that ships.

You may be thinking, “Really? A book about how to beta test Yosemite?” We won’t pretend that it’s essential, even though there are helpful details you won’t find elsewhere (such as which virtualization program can run Yosemite as a guest OS) and advice that could save you significant headaches (such as the best destination for your installation). And, of course, the lifespan of the book is limited — it’s useful only until Yosemite ships.

So we’re doing something unusual with pricing: we’ve set a suggested price of $5, but you can pay whatever you think it’s worth — whether that’s more or less than the suggested price, or even nothing at all. (That’s why there’s no MUG discount this time. And if you get it for free and later decide it was valuable to you, you can come back and buy a copy.) Paying helps Joe and his wife keep their baby in diapers and gives us concrete feedback that books of this sort are worth doing.

In keeping with the fast and fluid nature of beta testing, we’ve decided to publish this ebook exclusively via Leanpub, which was designed for quick releases. Had we used our traditional method, we wouldn’t have been able to publish the book at the same time as the public beta, and we would need more time to react to new versions (nor would we have been able to do the choose-your-own-price approach). Any updates to the book will be free.

Thanks for your support of the Take Control series and our authors!

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

Monthly Meeting Scheduled for Saturday, March 15th

Good afternoon fellow Mac enthusiasts!!

We are having our monthly meeting on Saturday, March 15th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

We will be spending plenty of time diving head first into the new Mac operating system, OS 10.9 Mavericks. What’s new, some hidden gems and more. We will also be hitting our monthly topics for iOS apps, favorite web sites, Q & A session and more.

See you at the meeting. Feel free to invite other Apple users. Guests are welcome.

We are meeting at the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center at 834 East High Ave. in New Philadelphia.  http://www.ecoesc.org/