Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #240: The Pros and Cons of Sideloading Apps on iOS

Apple claims that they need the App Store to ensure that iOS devices are safe. The company claims that sideloading, or installing apps from other sources, is dangerous. Yet this is what we have always done on the Mac. We take a deep dive into the pros and cons of sideloading on iPhones and iPads.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #239: Requiem for the iPod

Apple has discontinued the last iPod, the iPod touch. We discuss some of the history of the iPod, and look at 17 reasons who you should use an iPod touch. We also look at the new FIDO initiative, which allows your phone to replace passwords, and we discuss AirTag false alarms.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #238: Apple AirTags: One Year On

Apple has provided some clarification to its plan to remove old and in the way apps from the App Store. Microsoft has been working on a VPN that isn’t a VPN it works a little differently from Apple’s VPN that isn’t a VPN. And its been a year since Apple released Air Tags… It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, but if third-party accessories are an indication, Air Tags are doing pretty well.

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Apple’s AirTags: One Year On

It has been one year since Apple released AirTags, the small tracking devices that leverage the vast network of iPhones and iPads. Designed to help you find your keys, track your luggage, and keep tabs on your backpack, these devices have also been used for stalking and theft. Here’s an overview of the first year of AirTags.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #237: Get Ready to Repair Your Own iPhone!

Apple is making the tools and documents needed for iPhone repairs available to users in the US. Are you ready to repair your own iPhone? Removing outdated apps is now a trend as Apple joins Google and begins removing older software from the app store. Apple may be forced by EU regulators to open up iMessage. And we’ll discuss understanding USB-C and Thunderbolt ports and cables for Macs and iPads.

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Everything You Can Do with iCloud – The Complete Guide

iCloud is the umbrella for Apple’s services that you can access with your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Not all of the company’s services; there are other services, such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and others, which you access with a paid subscription. But iCloud is the backbone of the services you use to manage your data and communicate with others.

In this article, I’ll explain what all the various elements of iCloud are, and how they work together.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #236: Install macOS Monterey on a 15-Year Old Mac

Josh has a 15-year old iMac that he wanted to be up to date with security updates, but it doesn’t support macOS Monterey. So he found a way to finagle the operating system on his old Mac. We also discuss how sharing your Netflix account might be dangerous, and how fake reviews will soon be illegal in the UK, and whether it can be enforced.

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USB-C and Thunderbolt: Understanding Ports and Cables for Macs and iPads

The ports that you use to connect keyboards, mice, and hard drives to your Macs have changed over the years. Current Macs have USB-C, which provide standard USB speeds, along with faster Thunderbolt to compatible peripherals. But what’s the difference between USB-C and Thunderbolt ports, and how can you tell them apart? And which cables do you need to get the most out of them?

In this article, I’m going to explain what Thunderbolt and USB-C ports are, how to identify them, how they work, which features they offer, and how to choose the right cables for your needs.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #235: Everything About Your Apple ID

DuckDuckGo is beta testing a privacy-focused browser; Google is deprecating old apps in its Play Store; activation-locked AirPods are wreaking havoc on refurb companies. And we take a deep dive into managing your Apple ID, the key to all Apple services.

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How to Manage and Use Your Apple ID – The Complete Guide

Your Apple ID is the key that opens the door to all of Apple’s services. You use it to sign into iCloud, where you manage email, calendars, contacts, and more. You use it for purchases from Apple on the iTunes Store, or on App Stores. And you also use it to sign into Messages and FaceTime, to communicate with friends, family, and co-workers.

Since this single combination of a user name and password is so important to users of Apple devices, managing your Apple ID is important. In this article, I’ll discuss how to access settings for your Apple ID, how your Apple ID uses two-factor authentication to protect access to your device, how to set up account recovery contacts and legacy contacts, how to change your Apple ID, and much more.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.