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WWDC 2018 & macOS 10.14 Mojave

Date: June 6, 2018 Comments: 0

June means the beginning of summer. The end of school. The start of camp — yay! But for the Mac faithful it’s WWDC — Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple has announced it’s software plans for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

If you want all the yummy details, check out https://www.apple.com.

I do want to alert you to the system requirements of the new iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave. The good news is that if your iPhone is already running the latest iOS 11, you can run iOS 12. But for Macs, Mojave will be bringing new and powerful features and older Macs may be unable to take advantage of 10.14.

Here’s a list of compatible computers (you can go to About This Mac, under the Apple Menu to see what Mac you have):

MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
MacBook Air (Mid-2012 or later)
MacBook Pro (Mid-2012 or later)
Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
iMac (Late 2012 or later)
iMac Pro (all models)
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Mac Pro (2010 or later with Metal-compatible GPU)

So if you have a Mac that’s not on this list, start saving your nickels, because it’s time to upgrade to a new Mac! You’ve got time; Apple usually releases the new systems in October. Do start thinking about your migration. What new Mac should you buy? Is your backup in place and working so we can transfer your files seamlessly? Are your old files corrupted with malware? (We don’t want to transfer problems from an old Mac to a brand new one!) Do you have old printers and external drives that won’t work with a new Mac?

MACximize is here to help you navigate this whole process. We make it easy, so don’t stress. Call us and we’ll get you set up and ready for macOS 10.14 Mojave.

And don’t worry if you’re not in New York City. We connect to clients remotely all over the world!

One more thing… Don’t trust anyone whom you don’t know personally who calls or emails you about ‘problems’ on your Mac even if they say they are “Apple.” They are trying to scam you! Only trust someone you know and love like MACximize to check your Mac, iPhone, iPad & Apple TV, and update your software.

Call MACximize @ 212.330.6789.

And please don’t keep us a secret — tell your friends! 😀

The New Systems Are Here! The New Systems Are Here!

Date: September 27, 2017 Comments: 0


If I can paraphrase Steve Martin’s “The Jerk,” — “The new Systems are here! The new Systems are here!” And if you’re as excited as I am, you’re going to want to have MACximize properly backup your current OS and carefully upgrade your devices to iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad, and macOS 10.13 High Sierra on your Macs.

The new systems are faster and have essential security updates that you won’t want to miss! Are you eligible for these new updates? If you have an iPhone 5s or newer, an iPad Air or newer, or an iPad Mini 2 or newer, you win! And if your Mac can run Sierra, then High Sierra was made for you.

As with any upgrade there are potential pitfalls. Some old software is no longer supported; abandoned apps have reached their end-of-life. And if these are essential to you, then you’ll need new solutions or you may have to stay with the operating system that you have. But give us a call or drop us an email — that’s what MACximize is here for. We’ll help you figure it out.

And if your stuff is just not working up to speed, you know what that means? Time to call MACximize. We can get your devices synching properly, working faster, and if necessary recommend the next best, newest Apple replacement for your everyday needs.

Remember, a little MACximize Maintenance could be the difference between security and losing your data on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad or worse – ransomware or identity theft!

And please don’t keep us a secret — tell your friends! 😀

WannaCry Ransomware – What To Do?

Date: May 15, 2017 Comments: 0


You may have heard about the virus WannaCry Ransomware which locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you cannot access them anymore. And worst of all, there is NO FIX. Security experts warn that it exploits vulnerabilities in older Windows operating systems, including Windows XP, so many of you have nothing to worry about.

But what should you do? Prevention is the best defense. MACximize is ready to help you update your software with the latest security patches. We can also configure an automatic backup like Time Machine; this is essential. As always, remain extremely careful about opening any email attachments, from known or unknown sources. And call MACximize immediately if you suspect an infection or ransomware is detected.

Remember, a little MACximize Maintenance could be the difference between security and losing your data on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad or worse – ransomware or identity theft!

And please don’t keep us a secret — tell your friends! 😀

From the NYTimes: With Claims of C.I.A. Hacking, How to Protect Your Devices

Date: March 9, 2017 Comments: 0


With this week’s revelation that our devices may be insecure, I would like to recommend reading this NYTimes article. NYT: How to Protect Your Devices

Here are some highlights:

For iPhone and iPad users: Make sure to be running the latest operating system, iOS 10. Apple said on Tuesday that many of the security issues described in the WikiLeaks documents had already been patched in the latest version of its software and that it was working to address remaining vulnerabilities.

Not all Apple devices can get the latest operating system. Apple’s iOS 10 is compatible with iPhones as far back as the iPhone 5 released in 2012, and with iPads as old as the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 released in 2013. If you are using anything older than those, it’s a good time to buy a new device for the stronger security.

For Routers: It is wise for everyone to regularly check routers for so-called firmware updates to make sure they get the latest security enhancements. Have MACximize download and install the latest firmware.

For Apple computers: Have MACximize install the latest operating system updates … And as always, stay on guard for suspicious websites that may be serving malware.

And as always, please call MACximize to help you protect and MACximize Your Macs!

Are you affected by the Yahoo breach?

Date: September 22, 2016 Comments: 0

Check out this video if you are affected by the Yahoo breach. Also, check out these New York Times tips.

NYT Tips

What is your iPhone telling your rental car?

Date: August 30, 2016 Comments: 0

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What happens when you rent a connected car? Did you know that cars with these features might keep your personal information, long after you’ve returned your rental car? Here are some things to keep in mind when renting a connected car.

Hacked email. What to do?

Date: August 12, 2016 Comments: 0

Hacked Email
Ever wonder if you’re taking the right steps to keep your devices and information secure? Click the below link for some security tips.

What to do if your email’s been hacked?

Online Security Tips

Date: July 29, 2016 Comments: 0

Happy Summer 2016!

This quick video highlights some online security tips to help make your online experience safe & secure.

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Click here => Online Security Tips Video

Protection from Scams

Date: April 7, 2016 Comments: 0

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My clients know that I’m a friendly guy! But not all computer “consultants” are friendly. As a matter of fact, some people pose as one of us but are actually scam experts trying to steal your personal information and hard-earned money. They may email you, or a message may pop up on your screen telling you that you have a virus or a security issue and you should call the provided phone number.

Once they have you on the phone, they try to gain your trust by pretending to be associated with well-known companies or confusing you with a barrage of technical terms. They may ask you to perform a series of complex tasks on your computer. Sometimes, they target legitimate computer files and claim that they are viruses. Their tactics are designed to scare you into believing they can help fix your “problem.”

If this happens to you, STOP! One of the many benefits of using MACximize is we are available “23/7” to fix your issue. So call us at 212-330-6789 before it’s too late.

Here are few things to remember if you get any kind of tech-support call, no matter who they say they are:
• Don’t give control of your computer to anyone who calls you offering to “fix” your computer.
• Never give out or confirm your financial or sensitive information to anyone who contacts you.
• Getting pressure to act immediately? That’s a sure sign of a scam. Hang up.

And know that we at MACximize are here to assist you with all that ails your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Your Mac will say thank you!

And please don’t keep us a secret — tell your friends! 😀

For more info, check out: www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0346-tech-support-scams

Spring into a new iPhone or iPad

Date: March 24, 2016 Comments: 0

As predicted, Apple released the newest iPhone today. iPhone SE has a smaller 4” display, but with the features of an iPhone 6, starting at only $399. It’s their most powerful 4-inch phone ever! Also announced, a 9.7” inch iPad Pro — the same screen size as the original iPad. But this iPad is packed with all the pro features that the iPad Pro 12” has: Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard support, four-speaker “pro” audio system that adjusts sound depending on viewing orientation, and more. And for you power users, you can now get an iPad with 256GB of storage. Nice!

MACximize is excited about Apple iOS 9.3 released today for all iPhones and iPads. One of the more interesting features of iOS 9.3 is called Night Shift, which changes the color temperature of the display based on the time and location of your device for reduced eye strain. Exposure to bright blue light in the evening can make it harder to sleep, so you can schedule Night Shift to turn on in the evenings.

Also, Apple released 10.11.4 for Macs which includes improvements such as: in Notes – the ability to passcode-protect notes containing personal data, as well as enhancements to Live Photos & iBooks, and more.

There are more new features than can be mentioned in this blast. But now is a great time to call MACximize. Wait no longer; call 212.330.6789 and schedule an appointment. We can see you in person or REMOTELY. Wherever you are, as long as you are connected to the Internet, we can service your Macs, iPhones & iPads.

As always, thank you for using MACximize Consulting. Please don’t keep us a secret — tell your friends! 😀