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YubiKey smart card login with Open Directory

  Yubico sells Mac-compatible USB authentication keys for two-factor authentication. Its YubiKeys support a slew of authentication mechanisms. I just started working with their FIPS-validated key for one of my clients. Yubico’s… Read more »

One week with Mojave

  I’ve been using Mojave for a week and I’m still impressed. It’s a very stable operating system. While the core OS has been working well, I’ve encountered third-party compatibility… Read more »

Mojave first impressions

  I took the plunge and installed macOS Mojave on my 2009 Mac Pro (with firmware hack) right after it was released. So far, so good. Here are my initial… Read more »

Radeon RX 580 with Mac Pro

  I usually write about my clients’ computing woes, but even Mac consultants have their own problems. A few weeks ago my 2009 Mac Pro starting exhibiting serious issues. I had… Read more »

Frequently encountered issues with Macs

  While my regular clients hire MacMaven for IT and information security work, I often get calls from new clients with computing problems. An analogy could be made with plumbing…. Read more »

CISO vs Director of Information Security

  Companies that require information security leadership typically hire someone in a CISO or Director of Information Security position. You might be wondering what the differences are between these security… Read more »

Messages in iCloud considerations

  In the latest versions of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, you now have the option of storing your iMessages in iCloud. There are two benefits. First, your messages… Read more »

Don’t store passwords or other sensitive data in the Contacts app

  In light of the recent Facebook data harvesting incident, I took a closer look at developer access to the Contacts app in macOS and iOS. The first time you… Read more »

Should I know my employees’ passwords?

  If you’re a business owner or manager, you might feel that it’s your duty to maintain a list of your employees’ passwords. After all, you might need access to… Read more »

Upcoming macOS Server changes

  On January 24, Apple announced that fundamental changes are coming to macOS Server in the spring 2018. The following services will be deprecated: Calendar, Contacts, DHCP, DNS, Mail, Messages,… Read more »