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On November 15, 2018, Norton ConnectSafe service is being retired or discontinued meaning the service will no longer be available or supported. You may continue to use ConnectSafe until November 15, 2018.
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Your Internet May Be Going Down Because Norton ConnectSafe Is Retiring

Hello, World! Your Internet connection may be going down this November 15, 2018 onward if your devices are connected to the internet via Norton ConnectSafe’s DNS IP addresses and you do not have a secondary DNS in place. The announcement is currently displayed at https://connectsafe.norton.com/configureRouter.html with a link to this FAQ that hopefully will answer most of your questions.

The DNS IP Addresses you need to check for and change from are any pair among the following:

  • 199.85.126.10
  • 199.85.127.10
  • 199.85.126.20
  • 199.85.127.20
  • 199.85.126.30
  • 199.85.127.30

If you changed your DNS, you probably know already which one you want to go to next. If you have no idea and need some time to investigate, you can either remove the DNS settings that you have in your device (computer or mobile device) and therefore default to your Internet Service Provider’s DNS settings or you can temporarily follow this How-To Geek article that offers step by step instructions on how to change your DNS to OpenDNS’ or Google’s if you trust these two tech companies.

Alright, you are now in the know, friend!

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When Was The Password Last Changed On This Mac?

In one more of these wonderful scripts that can do crazy things,  philastokes from APPLEWRITERHELPER, has handed you the keys to the kingdom. With this simple script, you can find our the last time the passwords for a set number of users was changed on a Mac running OS. And that right from your Terminal.

Sometimes it can be useful to know when the user’s password was last changed. For example, you might want to enforce a policy of having users (or yourself!) change login passwords after a given period. Alternatively, if you or one of your users is experiencing login difficulties, you might want to check that the password […]

#one liner command line to get last password set times for all users on the mac

# see http://applehelpwriter.com/2018/03/14/6228
echo; echo Password Last Changed:; u=$(dscl . list /Users | egrep -v ‘^_|daemon|nobody’); for i in $u; do printf \\n$i\\t; currentUser=$i;t=$(dscl . read /Users/”$currentUser” | grep -A1 passwordLastSetTime | grep real | awk -F’real>|</real’ ‘{print $2}’); date -j -f %s “$t” 2> /dev/null; done

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macOS High Sierra takes macOS Server away.
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How to Share Folder as Time Machine Backup Destination in macOS High Sierra version 10.13.1

If you were using OS X Server in macOS Sierra then upgraded to macOS High Sierra, you are probably wondering what in the world happened to the Time Machine Option in OS X Server. A good discussion is going on about the question here, but we do have a solution for you:

As it turns out that Apple decided that Time Machine sharing will now become a part of macOS instead of Server 5.4. You can now used a shared Folder as a Time Machine backup destination using the Sharing preferences in your macOS System Preferences.

According to the Mac Help instructions, to Set up a shared Time Machine backup folder,

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Sharing.
  2. Select the File Sharing checkbox.
  3. Click the Add button + at the bottom of the Shared Folders list.
  4. Navigate to and select the folder you want to use for sharing, then click Add.
  5. Select the name of the shared folder, click Options, then make sure “Share files and folders using SMB” is selected and “Share files and folders using AFP” is not selected.
  6. Control-click the name of the folder, then choose Advanced Options.
  7. Select “Share as a Time Machine backup destination.”
  8. If desired, select “Limit backups to,” then enter a size.
  9. Click OK.

The question remains, though, of how do you know your remote devices are currently being backed up or how much of their backup has been done and how much is left?

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How to Show Hidden Files on Mac

To show hidden files and folders on Mac,

  • Launch Terminal
  • Type the following command then press Enter:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

To hide the hidden files again, just type the same command but replace YES with NO as follows

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO
  • After typing the appropriate command, look for your Finder icon (most likely on your Dock), then right-mouse click on it while holding the Option/Alt key of your keyboard. This will display a contextual menu from which you click Relaunch, to relaunch the Finder browser with your new visibility settings applied.

Now, if all you are looking for is how to display your Library folder in your user home folder, we have the steps in this short guide.

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How to Show (Unhide) the Library Folder on Mac

To display your Library folder in your user home folder,

  • In Finder, go to your user’s home folder (usually similar to your username on the computer), then while you have that open in Finder,
    • go to the View menu in your menu bar,
    • click on Show View Options, then
    • in the new window that comes up, check the box next to Show Library Folder

That should make your Library folder visible among the other folders inside your user home folder.

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How To Re-Open the Tab You Just Closed on Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer

Did you just accidentally close the web browser tab you meant to keep open? You can get it back with a quick shortcut.

On Windows: Ctrl-Shift-T.

On Mac: Command-Shift-T

Bonus: Ctrl-T Opens a new tab that will just sit there waiting for you to do something with it.

That’s it for today! Unless you are interested in exploring more Mac or Windows Keyboard Shortcuts.

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Google Releases Backup and Sync for Mac and PC

Just as as announced in June 2017, Google just released this July 12 2017 a brand new product called Backup and Sync. In addition to brand new functions like backing up pictures and files from USB connected media, this tool comes to gather the functionalities that were present in Google Photos and Google Drive into one product.

Backup and Sync for Google Photos and Google Drive is available for Mac and Windows comes to move your clutter from your desktop into the cloud. Backup and Sync can be customized to only sync certain folders, to ask you what and where to delete files, and so forth. You can read more about it

With that said, if you are an Enterprise, Business, Education or Nonprofit user, Google made sure to mention that Backup and Sync is not for G Suite users just yet. These will need to wait for Drive File Stream (to be released to “soon” to the public as of the publication of this article).

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Google Backup and Sync for Mac

Some Security Considerations

Having all your data stored on the cloud could be a good or a dangerous thing, though. If you already used Google Drive or Google Photos you most likely understand the risks attached to having your life in the cyber cloud. The risks include having all your data stolen by anyone with your password if the password is your last line of defense. So, if you are going to use this or any of the cloud storage of personal or corporate data that is not for public release, please add 2-step authentication as part of your security practices. We would recommend it for all of your accounts where possible.