Your M-Series Mac

The newest Macs based on the M1 Apple silicon system-on-a-chip are faster than their Intel-based predecessors, with longer battery life and better memory management. In most ways they work the same, but crucial differences in how they handle booting, security, backups, and other operations may require some adjustments in your workflow. In Take Control of Your M-Series Mac, Glenn Fleishman covers all this and much more, helping you work effectively with your new Mac.

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Securing Your Mac

In Take Control of Securing Your Mac, Glenn Fleishman shows you what you should (and should not) worry about when it comes to Mac security. Learn what the most common threats are and how to protect against them! Whether it's encrypting your files, finding the ideal system security settings, using a VPN, or adding anti-malware software, you'll find detailed, friendly advice in this book that will help you keep your Mac and its data safe.

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Photos, the app that replaced iPhoto and Aperture, provides a user-friendly way to organize, sync, share, and even edit your photos and videos. It's available on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. But it's more that a simple digital shoebox. This app has extensive hidden capabilities that can do wonders for your photo collection. Jason Snell takes you in depth in this complete guide to Photos.

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macOS Media Apps

iTunes disappeared with macOS 10.15 Catalina, but nearly all its capabilities (plus some new ones) are available in Apple's Music, TV, Podcasts, and Books apps (with device syncing handled by the Finder). In Take Control of macOS Media Apps, veteran author Kirk McElhearn (who wrote three previous Take Control titles about iTunes) explains in detail how to manage, sort, find, play, import, export, sync, and share your audio and video media using Catalina's built-in apps.

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Managing Your Files

Downloading, creating, and editing files of all kinds is simple on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. But figuring out a logical way to name and organize them? Not so much. And when it comes time to find a file later, you might get lucky…or you might have to wade through hundreds of Spotlight results. All these problems have solutions, and in Take Control of Managing Your Files, Jeff Carlson helps you develop a file management strategy that works for you—and makes your life that much easier.

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Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is a wirelessly connected supercomputer you wear on your wrist—truly a marvel of modern technology. But most Apple Watch owners use only a tiny fraction of its capabilities. In Take Control of Apple Watch, Jeff Carlson helps you discover all the ways your watch can help you communicate, stay healthy and fit, make payments, manage your schedule and to-do items…and even tell time!

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Apple's Shortcuts app brings advanced automation capabilities to iOS and iPadOS. Much like Automator on the Mac, Shortcuts lets you take a building-block approach to creating time-saving automations, but it also includes advanced features that let you create elaborate custom capabilities. In Take Control of Shortcuts, automation expert Rosemary Orchard tells you everything you need to know to turn your iPhone or iPad into an automation powerhouse.

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Apple ID
Prevent (or solve) problems with your Apple ID!

Everyone who uses Apple devices has at least one Apple ID. Understanding how and when it's used, and what to do when something goes wrong, can save you time and eliminate pain. Glenn Fleishman spells out everything you need to know about your Apple ID(s) and exactly what to do if you encounter problems with it in Take Control of Your Apple ID.

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Wi-Fi Networking and Security
Design or upgrade a secure Wi-Fi network

If your home or small-office Wi-Fi network is less than perfect (or if you're setting up a new network from scratch), figuring out which devices to buy, how to position and configure them, and what steps you can take to get both high performance and optimal privacy can be a mind-twisting exercise. Networking expert Glenn Fleishman is here to help with Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security. It covers everything you need to know to make your Wi-Fi network fast and safe.

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Take Control of Zoom

Hundreds of millions of people around the world have turned to the Zoom videoconferencing service for work, school, and socializing. It's a powerful tool for meetings, presentations, and even live-from-home TV shows. In Take Control of Zoom, Glenn Fleishman takes you from absolute beginner to expert, walking you through all the important Zoom features and helping you understand how best to put Zoom to use.

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