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Disable Caps Lock

If you find yourself pressing the Caps Lock key accidentally as much as I do, note that you can disable it entirely in Mac OS X. Open the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, click the Modifier Keys button, and in the dialog that appears, select No Action from the Caps Lock pop-up menu. You could remap it to another modifier instead, but that might make using differently configured Macs more difficult.

 
 

Apple Pay Exposes Insecure Bank Policies

Apple Pay is being blamed for a rash of new credit card fraud cases. TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull argues that it’s merely exposing existing weaknesses in bank security.

 
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Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 9: Manage iCloud Security

Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

Force Touch Trackpad Makes MacBooks More Compelling

Macs Not Vulnerable to BadUSB Attack

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>
 

iCloud Not Receiving Mail Reliably from Gmail

BusyContacts Turbo Charges Mac Contact Management

Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 8: Surf the Web Safely

Chapter 8 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

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