Mattia Campagnano

Mattia Campagnano

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Install Yosemite Beta 1 with VirtualBox (plus a sneak peek of Yosemite Beta 2)

This post is an update to my previous post How to install Yosemite Beta 1 (MacOSX 10.10) on a Virtual Machine using VMware Fusion (with step-by-step video tutorial).

I've decided to test VirtualBox on the new Beta but it's been challenging,

VirtualBox is a free product and, though I think it's a very valuable virtualization software, there's a reason for it.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This guide aims to explain how to create a virtual machine on a regularly purchased Mac computer, running a genuine OS X operating systems, for testing purposes only. This blog doesn't support or encourage software piracy (the author owns an iMac).
Whoever uses this guide to create a Hackintosh does it at its own risk and the author can't be held responsible for any distorted use of the below directions.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to make your Firefox super-fast with one click

Firefox can be sluggish sometimes, but not everybody knows that there's a way to make it super-fast.

You won't need any add-ons, but only to change a couple of settings.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

OSX networking and security tips - a crash course

Your Mac doesn't usually need a lot of maintenance, but it can come in handy to know some basic networking functionalities and some useful tips to ensure a better security to your system.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Problems with your Internet connection? Do it yourself!

I've been experiencing problems with my Internet connection for days, so I decided to call my ISP (one of the biggest companies in the U.S.).

One hour on the phone and it turns out my line had no problems and I had to get a new modem or sign up for a new service bundle.

Afterwards, I try to connect to the Internet and I get redirected to a webpage asking me to test my Internet connection.

I've told you my Internet connection drops every now and then and you want me to solve this problem online, are you f… kidding me or what?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How to reinstall OS X Mavericks without losing your data

If you're a little too geeky like me and you mess up too much with your OS X (installs, uninstalls, kernel extensions, etc.) you may need to refresh it, but what if you don't have the time or the disk space needed for a backup?
Not everybody knows that you can re-install OS X without losing your data.

NOTE: This is an extreme situation and you may want to backup your disk or, if you already have previous backups, at least copy elsewhere the files changed or created since the last backup, for you to make sure you don't lose them.

The above warning is a little paranoid, but I've learned you'd better be like that in I.T., because you never can tell (every time you say: "No, this is not gonna happen!", rest assured it will).

Monday, August 11, 2014

Handy tools to improve your browsing experience

Sometimes your browsing experience can be frustrating because it gets ruined by unreachable sites, choppy YouTube or other Flash videos, annoying pop-up ads and other issues, but you can solve them for good by using specific tools.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Passwords are dead - how to move on and how to effectively protect your user accounts from hackers


I've already written about this topic in a previous post (6 Quick tips to protect your passwords) a while ago, before the recent news about a massive security breach caused by Russian hackers, who stole 1.2 billion data and 500 million email accounts.

This latest incident has made it clear, beyond any possible doubt, that we're in a new age of IT Security: passwords, which were already an old technology, have died for good.

That's been clearly stated by major computer security experts, such as Mark Rasch (see Russian Hackers Behind World's Biggest Internet Security Breach for more details), and I fully agree with this point.

I know now you'll surely be thinking  "Well, I have to enter a password to log in, until they find another way to secure my accounts".

No doubt, but you can nonetheless do something in the meantime for you to add another layer of security to your accounts and take action before it's too late.

Have you ever considered how many accounts each one of us owns and handles? A lot, (consider the above figures as a very limited example) and their number increases constantly, because we handle more and more everyday tasks by using the Internet (eCommerce, online banking and so on, including things we wouldn't have thought possible of doing online before - Ever ordered a pizza online? Well, somebody does it).

If you're used to daisy chain them, authorizing third-party applications to access your Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Google+ account, the risk factor increases exponentially because hackers have to compromise one only social media account for them to access all the linked ones.

What you can do today

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Safe Internet browsing? Here's how you can!

Every time you browse the Internet these days, it's a little bit like going through a minefield.

There are many more dangers waiting for you out there than you could think of: malicious scripts, web bugs, tracking cookies, malware, defaced websites, server vulnerabilities (think of the OpenSSL exploit utilized by Heartbleed, for example)….

Does it sound a little too paranoid? I know, but I'm big on the old saying "better safe than sorry".

Every time you open your web browser you take chances in dark alleys, so I'd like to give you some tips for a safer browsing:
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