Mattia Campagnano

Mattia Campagnano

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

LastPass, strong passwords for the web

In 2013, security breaches and incidents (Target breach being the most recent) have demonstrated that password protection is crucial. Each of us have several web accounts such as social media websites, E-mail accounts, bank accounts, and so on. As the number of passwords one is forced to remember exponentially increases, many people often pick weak passwords that are easy for a hacker to crack.

An effective way to solve this problem is to adopt a password manager. There are several solutions available on the market. I have personally tested LastPass, which in my opinion is one of the best. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

How to create a bootable clone of a MacOsX system using Disk Utility

MacOsX features a backup utility called Time Machine, performing automated backups according to the user’s preferences. 
Time Machine is very important to preserve your data but has two main downsides:
  1. Time Machine backups aren't bootable. This means that you have to restore them first to the hard drive, which can be a lengthy process, and sometimes you need your HD immediately operational. This can be a real deal breaker in a corporate environment.
  2. The software will only copy the items changed since the last backup and, if your external destination hard drive runs short of space, it will delete the older backups automatically. This way the backup utility will get rid of items that have already been deleted before, but it will not alert you to this, which means you may end up losing copies of files you need without knowing it.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

iMac first steps for dummies - guide to MacOsX Mavericks (part 2)

One feature of MacOsX that can be confusing for those who are used to Windows, is that when closing your current application window, it does not close the program as it does in Windows. Rather, the program will remain active in the background.An open, active application in the Dock is marked by a white dot beneath the application icon.  To actually close an application, you can either right-click its icon and select Quit or close it from the Activity Monitor.

Monday, December 16, 2013

iMac first steps for dummies - guide to MacOsX Mavericks (part 1)

You made up your mind and bought that good-looking white and black computer with a bitten apple logo on it that you thought was so cool. You unpacked it, plugged the power chord in and now what? You don't know what to do. After years and years of Windows computers you don't know where to start from.

No fear. Don't feel overwhelmed. I've been through your same doubts when I bought my iMac in 2010 after utilizing Windows for most of my life. You'll have to change your habits and the way you've done things so far, but at the end of the day you'll likely find out it's worth it.

Friday, December 13, 2013

My top 6 Mac freeware tools for 2013 (Evernote, Google Music Manager, VLC, Dropbox, Google Drive, Onyx)

This year is about to end and so I've decided to list the freeware applications that have been most useful to me in 2013. Some of them have a Pro version, too, such as Evernote or Dropbox, but the free one was enough for my purposes.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Parallels Desktop - A virtual machine for everyone

Parallels Desktop is one of the most reliable and best performing solutions to run another operating system on your Mac in a virtual machine. I tested the new version of this program (released as Build 9.0.23350), which brings remarkable improvements and supports the latest MacOsX 10.9 version, commonly known as Mavericks. After the setup procedure (a very straightforward wizard), you can create a new virtual machine. The first step is to click File /New /Virtual Machine.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Malware incidents - What to do when your computer gets infected

Your computer suddenly starts acting weird. Unknown windows pop up. Programs that you don't remember you had installed alert you that your computer is infected and ask you to buy a full version to get rid of the detected viruses. Your system becomes unstable and unresponsive, you can't do anything, your system freezes and all you can do is push the button to shut it down....Sound familiar?

How many of you have gone through this? Well, just like human beings, computers can get sick as well, but before smashing it with a baseball bat, there are some preliminary steps to take.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Opera for Mac review - an underdog with a twist

Opera is one of the oldest Internet browsers around. It was born in 1994 as a research project at Telenor, the largest Norwegian telecommunications company and two years later this David started competing with Goliaths like Apple, Google and Microsoft. Not very surprisingly, its share market remains very low in comparison with the most used browsers (look here for more details).

Though it's not widely used, Opera is an interesting and innovative browser, offering a fast and pleasant surfing experience. Its mobile version has, in fact, become more popular in the last years. I've tested the Mac version of this browser.

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