Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Службы геолокации позволяют приложениям и сайтам собирать и использовать информацию с учетом текущего местонахождения Вашего компьютера Mac. Местонахождение определяется приблизительно, по близлежащим сетям Wi-Fi. Службы размещения собирают информацию таким способом, который не идентифицирует Вас лично.

Отключение служб геолокации

На Mac выберите пункт меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», нажмите «Защита и безопасность» , затем нажмите «Конфиденциальность».

Нажмите «Службы геолокации».

Если слева внизу отображается запертый замок , нажмите его, чтобы разблокировать панель настроек.

Снимите флажок «Включить службы геолокации».

Когда на Вашем Mac выключены Службы геолокации, Ваше точное местоположение не отправляется в Apple. Чтобы предлагать Вам релевантные предложения при поиске, Apple может использовать IP-адрес Вашего подключения к интернету, приблизительно определяя Вашу геопозицию путем ее сопоставления с географическим регионом.

Даже если Вы отключили Службы геолокации, приложения и веб-сайты сторонних разработчиков могут продолжать использовать другие способы определения Вашего местонахождения. Однако в целях безопасности информация о местонахождении Вашего компьютера Mac может быть использована при совершении экстренных вызовов для оказания помощи независимо от того, включены ли Службы геолокации.

Выбор приложений и системных служб, которые могут использовать службы геолокации

На Mac выберите пункт меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», нажмите «Защита и безопасность» , затем нажмите «Конфиденциальность».

Нажмите «Службы геолокации».

Если слева внизу отображается запертый замок , нажмите его, чтобы разблокировать панель настроек.

Установите флажок рядом с приложением, чтобы разрешить ему использовать службы геолокации. Снимите флажок, чтобы отключить службы геолокации для этого приложения.

Если Вы отключили Службы геопозиции для определенного приложения, то в следующий раз, когда это приложение попытается ими воспользоваться, Вам будет предложено снова включить Службы геопозиции.

Нажмите значок с изображением замка, чтобы разблокировать данный раздел, затем введите имя и пароль администратора.

Чтобы функции Предложения Siri и Предложения Safari могли использовать сведения о местонахождении Вашего Mac, установите флажок «Геолокационные предложения».

Чтобы компьютер Mac мог определять значимые для Вас места и показывать полезную актуальную информацию в Картах, Календаре, Напоминаниях и других приложениях, установите флажок «Значимые места». Информация о Значимых местах хранится в зашифрованном виде и не может быть прочитана Apple. Нажмите «Подробнее», чтобы просмотреть список распознанных мест. Можно выбирать и удалять места из списка, а также удалить все места, нажав > «Очистить историю».

Если Вы разрешите сторонним приложениям или веб-сайтам использовать свою текущую геопозицию, любая собранная ими информация будет регулироваться их условиями использования и политиками конфиденциальности. Рекомендуем Вам ознакомиться с политиками конфиденциальности соответствующих сторон.

Когда включены Предложения Safari или Предложения Siri, местонахождение Вашего Mac в момент запроса к Safari или Spotlight передается в Apple. Это помогает повысить качество предложений и улучшить другие продукты и услуги Apple.

Приложение «Карты» использует Вашу геопозицию для более удобного поиска маршрута от Вашего текущего местоположения до точки назначения, а также отображает находящиеся поблизости организации, рестораны и другие интересные места.

Предоставление приложению «Карты» разрешения на использование Вашей геопозиции

Если отобразится сообщение о том, что приложение «Карты» не может использовать Ваше текущее местоположение, необходимо включить службы геолокации в Системных настройках.

На Mac выберите меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Защита и безопасность» .

Если слева внизу отображается запертый замок , нажмите его, чтобы разблокировать панель настроек.

Нажмите «Конфиденциальность», выберите «Службы геолокации» в списке слева, выберите «Включить службы геолокации», затем выберите «Карты».

Отображение Вашего местоположения на карте

В приложении «Карты» на компьютере Mac нажмите кнопку «Текущая геопозиция» в панели инструментов.

Ваше местоположение на карте будет отмечено синей точкой.

Отключение текущего местоположения

Можно отключить службы геолокации во всех приложениях Mac или только в приложении «Карты».

На Mac выберите меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Защита и безопасность» .

Если слева внизу отображается запертый замок , нажмите его, чтобы разблокировать панель настроек.

Нажмите «Конфиденциальность», выберите «Службы геолокации» в списке слева, затем снимите флажок «Карты». Чтобы отключить службы геолокации для всех приложений, снимите флажок «Включить службы геолокации».

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

The latest macOS, High Sierra, ushers in a whole slew of new features, most of which will fly completely under the radar for most users. In this update most of the new features are buried underneath the surface, hiding from plain view. This means that most users are completely unaware of what they are or what they even do. Most of the changes are refinements like a more efficient file system and other tweaks that will prepare your Mac for future changes.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

One of the more eyebrow-raising functions of High Sierra is an always-on location tracker. While that sounds nefarious, Apple has dressed it up with the less scary sounding name, “Significant Locations.” Despite the fancy name, the fact that this feature is buried in the High Sierra settings makes its usefulness to anyone other than Apple questionable at best. Fortunately, if you don’t like the idea of your computer keeping a stalker-ish list of every place you’ve ever been, you can shut it off.

What is “Significant Locations?”

Significant Locations is more or less a port of the feature iOS calls “Frequent Locations”. Essentially, your Mac keeps track of the places you’ve been. This probably isn’t a big deal for people who use a desktop iMac (unless of course you cart it around under your arm). However, folks who tote their Macbooks around might find this concerning. According to Apple, this data is used by Maps, Calendar and Photos to give the user “useful location-related information.” How useful this feature is will depend heavily on how a person uses their Mac. Currently, this location data is only stored locally on your Mac and is not beamed back to Apple.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

At this stage, Significant Locations is designed to make your experience using macOS more intuitive. That being said, even though this information is stored locally, there are still security and privacy concerns. For instance, if you upload your photos to social media from your Mac, your photos will retain all of the location information embedded by macOS. This means that services like Facebook, who collect all metadata in a photo, will also have access to your location information. From a security and privacy point of view, this is disturbing.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Of course, just because Apple doesn’t collect your location data now, that doesn’t mean that Apple won’t ever collect this information. In today’s world where data is more valuable than gold, it isn’t hard to imagine Apple exploiting the location data it collects. While Apple has a pretty good track record when it comes to customer privacy, they could easily use your location info to send you targeted ads or suggestions for places to shop or eat. Of course, some people will consider this a helpful feature. However, if the idea of your computer spying on you gives you the willies, you can turn off “Significant Locations.”

How to Disable Location Tracking

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

As we mentioned before, turning off the Significant Locations feature requires a little digging. First, you’ll want to open your System Preferences. You can do so in one of two ways: either click on the cog icon in your dock or click on the Apple icon and select “System Preferences” in the dropdown box.

Once the System Preferences window is open, select “Security & Privacy.” In the Security & Privacy Window click the “Privacy” tab. Click on the lock icon in the bottom-left of the window. At this point your Mac will prompt you to enter your administrator password. Once that’s done, click “Location Services” from the column on the left. In the column on the right, scroll down until you see “System Services.” To the right of “System Services” you’ll notice a button labeled “Details.” Go ahead and click on that.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

At this stage you’ll be presented with a list of system services that utilize your location information. You can disable the “Significant Locations” feature by unchecking the corresponding box. You can also have a look at all the locations your computer has logged up until this point by clicking the “Details” button. Doing so will list all of the places you’ve been with your laptop in tow. Hit the “Clear History” button to wipe everything if you wish.

How do you feel about this new macOS “service?” Does it bother you that seemingly everything wants to keep tabs on your every move? If so, what do you do to limit tracking in your daily life? If not, why doesn’t it concern you? Let us know in the comments!

macOS High Sierra tracks your location for a feature called Significant Locations. What does this do, and should it worry you?

Apple stands out among other companies for its stance on privacy. While Google tracks your every move on your Android phone and Windows 10 is filled with telemetry, using Apple products generally doesn’t require an invasion of your privacy.

So you might be surprised to know that in macOS High Sierra, your Mac tracks your location. Let’s take a look at why Apple added this feature, how it works, and how you can disable it.

What Is Significant Locations in macOS?

macOS High Sierra includes a new feature called Significant Locations. While it doesn’t track your every travel route like Google Maps does, it does pick up on locations that you visit frequently.

Apple states that this feature “learn[s] places significant to you in order to provide useful location-related information in Maps, Calendar, Photos, and more.”

For instance, say you’re part of a board game club at Joe’s Coffee Roastery. If you were adding a calendar event for a game night at the shop, Calendar would know you travel there frequently and could suggest it when you create a new event to save you time.

How to View Your Significant Locations on Mac

The list of locations your Mac considers significant is buried a few menus deep, but it only takes a minute to review them.

First, open System Preferences, which you’ll find under the Apple Menu in the top-left corner. Enter the Security & Privacy category, and switch to the Privacy tab.

Here, you’ll see a list of apps that request access to sensitive information. Select Location Services in the left column, then you’ll need to click the Lock in the bottom-left corner. Type your administrator password to allow changes.

Next, scroll down the right column until you see System Services at the bottom. Click the Details button. This will show you a list of macOS features that can access your location.

Most of these are services you probably want to use. Setting Time Zone is obviously more convenient than manually changing the time zone whenever you travel, and Find My Mac gives you a good chance at recovering your lost laptop.

But we’re interested in Significant Locations. Click the Details button again. Now, you’ll see a list of cities your laptop has recently visited. Expand a city with the dropdown arrow and you’ll see more specific locations.

Your Mac identifies these locations based on nearby Wi-Fi networks when you visit them, so it should be pretty accurate. Of course, if you’re using a desktop Mac, this won’t be of much use since it’s not portable.

How to Delete Significant Locations on Mac

You can’t delete individual locations from this menu. You’ll have to click the Clear History button wipe them all out.

After you delete them, your Mac will start collecting locations again over time. If you want to stop this, jump back to the Details pane of the System Services entry and uncheck the box for Significant Locations. Your Mac won’t keep track of those locations anymore, but it can still use your location for other tasks.

If you’d like, you can also check the Show locations icon in menu bar when System Services request your location. You’ll see the icon (it looks like a compass pointer) to indicate when your Mac is using your location for a system purpose.

To go a step further and completely prevent your Mac from using your location, uncheck the Enable Location Services box on the Privacy tab visited earlier. This will stop all apps and services from using your location, which increases privacy but will keep some useful features from working.

For instance, Weather and Maps won’t know where you are, meaning you’ll have to enter some additional info manually.

Does Location Tracking on Mac Violate My Privacy?

If you click the About Location Services & Privacy button on the Privacy tab, Apple has this to say about the feature:

“Your computer will keep track of places you have recently been, as well as how often [. ] you visited them, in order to learn places that are significant to you. This data is transmitted end-to-end encrypted between your iCloud connected devices and will not be shared without your consent.”

On the Significant Locations page, Apple elaborates:

“Significant locations are encrypted and cannot be read by Apple.”

So this location data is not readable by Apple or third parties. It exists only on your device to help make the local OS work better. However, it seems that Significant Locations doesn’t have a lot of usage so far.

While it helps a few built-in Mac apps work better, it doesn’t do anything super interesting like having Siri tell you when to leave for appointments or recommending other places you might like.

Overall, if you’re OK with other Apple services and third-party apps using your location, there’s no real reason to worry over this one either.

Significant Locations: Useful but Unnecessary

Location services are just one way that your Mac can become more personalized. But there’s no pressure to keep this enabled if you don’t want it.

As of macOS High Sierra, there’s not much visible benefit to the feature if you don’t rely on Apple apps like Calendar and Maps. This may become more useful in the future, at which time you can decide if you want to keep it running or not.

Thankfully, Apple has decided to keep this information stored locally. It’s not synced back to Apple servers, so the company isn’t using it for anything nefarious.

With everything considered, this feature shouldn’t give you too much pause, especially because your location is already tracked everywhere you go.

At times, there can be technical issues when trying to activate Real-Time Protection with Malwarebytes for Mac. On macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later, Apple requires your approval to allow the Real-Time Protection feature. For more information, see Real-Time Protection in Malwarebytes for Mac.

Malwarebytes may ask you to allow the Real-Time Protection feature at the system level. In your Mac’s Security & Privacy settings, you should see an Allow button that you must click in order to grant Real-Time Protection access on your device. If you are running into issues where you cannot activate Malwarebytes’ Real-Time Protection, try either troubleshooting tips below.

Allow button appears but doesn’t respond

When the button appears but does not respond, you may be in one of these scenarios:

  • You are sharing your screen.
  • You are connected to a docking station.
  • Your Mac has software installed like a tablet driver or a third-party mouse.

Disconnect all third-party devices and click the button using the Mac track pad or with an Apple mouse connected to your Mac.

If problems persist, you may need to disable third-party applications through safe mode. Try the following steps:

  1. Restart your computer in safe mode. See How to use safe mode on your Mac under the section How to use safe mode.
  2. Reinstall Malwarebytes for Mac. For instructions, see Download and install Malwarebytes for Mac.
  3. Restart your computer normally.

Allow button doesn’t appear or Activate Protection button doesn’t respond

Damage to a system managed folder in your Mac can cause issues when turning on Real-Time Protection. You may encounter the following warning pop-up window:

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

If you encounter this issue, you can reinstall your MacOS. For instructions, see How to reinstall macOS from macOS Recovery. Try to activate Real-Time Protection again after installing the latest macOS.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

When you turn on your Mac, various apps, add-ons, and invisible background processes start running all by themselves. This is usually what you want, but you may sometimes see items running that you don’t recall adding yourself. Where do they come from?

Because such items can increase your Mac’s startup time and may decrease its performance, you’ll want to make sure your Mac is loading only items that are useful to you. Here’s a quick primer on the various kinds of startup and login items and how to manage them.

Login items

Open System Preferences and click on Users & Groups, then click the Login Items tab. You’ll see a list of apps (and even files and folders) that open every time you log in. This list is different for each user account on your Mac.

Items usually end up on this list because apps added them to it. Most apps that do so ask you for permission first or have an “Open at login” or similar checkbox in its settings. In any case, you can add an item to the list manually by clicking the (+) button, or remove an item by selecting it and clicking the minus sign (-) button.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)IDG Everything in the Login Items list—whether added by you or by an app—opens automatically when you log in.

StartupItems folder

Earlier versions of macOS relied on two folders—/Library/StartupItems and /System/Library/StartupItems—to hold items designated to load when you start your Mac. Apple now discourages the use of the StartupItems folders, but some old apps might still use them.

Normally your /System/Library/StartupItems folder should be empty; but if it contains something that you don’t use anymore, you can drag the unwanted item to the Trash to prevent it from loading automatically the next time you start your Mac.

Launch daemons and agents

Since OS 10.4 Tiger, Apple has given developers another mechanism for launching items automatically: launch daemons and agents that are controlled by the launchd process. This provides more flexibility for developers but it is less transparent to users.

Instead of opening apps directly, launchd loads specially-formatted .plist documents that specify what should launch and under what circumstances. Sometimes these launch items run constantly in the background, sometimes they run at scheduled intervals, and sometimes they run as needed—for example, in response to an event such as a change in a certain file or folder—and then quit.

The .plist files that launchd uses can occupy any of five folders, and their location determines when the items load and with what privileges:

Items in /Library/LaunchDaemons and /System/Library/LaunchDaemons load when your Mac starts up, and run as the root user.

Items in /Library/LaunchAgents and /System/Library/LaunchAgents load when any user logs in, and run as that user.

Items in /Users/your-username/Library/LaunchAgents load only when that particular user logs in, and run as that user.

Don’t change System files: Of those five folders, the two located in the /System folder (/System/Library/LaunchDaemons and /System/Library/LaunchAgents) are for components included as part of macOS, and you should resist the temptation to remove or alter them—they’re essential to keep your Mac running correctly.

Modify others as you like: Feel free to browse through the files in the other folders to see what’s there. You can modify them—for instance, to disable them or to change how often they run—but before you do, you should understand a few things about how they work.

When you start your Mac or log in, the launch items in the relevant folders are loaded (that is, registered with the system) unless they have a Disabled flag set. Thereafter, their instructions will be carried out until you restart, even if you drag the launch item to the Trash. To see a list of all the currently loaded launch items on your Mac, open Terminal (in /Applications/Utilities) and type launchctl list and then press Return.

If you want to stop a launch item from running without your having to restart, open Terminal and type launchctl unload followed by a space and the full path to the launch item. An easy way to add an item’s full path is to drag it to the Terminal window) For example, take this command:

It unloads the launch agent that enables AppleScript folder actions. Repeat the command with load instead of unload to turn it back on.

Because most launch items run on a schedule or on demand, and because any of them could be disabled, the fact that something is present in one folder doesn’t necessarily mean the process it governs is currently running. To see what’s running at the moment, open Activity Monitor—but bear in mind that the name of a given process as shown in Activity Monitor might not resemble the name of the .plist file that tells macOS to launch it.

Other explanations for mystery processes

Although these methods are the most common ways to launch apps automatically in macOS, they aren’t the only ones. If you have a mystery process that you can’t track down in any of these places, it could also be one of these:

Kernel extensions: Kernel extensions, or kexts, live in /System/Library/Extensions and load at startup. They provide low-level features such as processing audio and adding support for peripherals. Most kexts on your Mac are part of macOS. The safest way to remove a third-party kext is to run an uninstaller provided by the developer.

Crons: Cron is a Unix scheduling utility built into macOS. It’s more-or-less not used anymore in favor of launchd , but you never know what might be lingering on a Mac that has gone through a lot of updates or is running old software.

Login scripts: Login scripts, like startup items, were used in older versions of macOS but are now deprecated.

A newly discovered bug in macOS High Sierra enables the root superuser on a Mac with a blank password and no security check, essentially giving anyone full access to your Mac.

Apple is likely already working on a fix, but in the meantime, there’s a temporary workaround — enabling the root user with a password. Here’s how:

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  2. Double click on the app result to open.
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  5. Select “Enable Root User.”

From there, you can enter a password for the root user account, which prevents it from being accessed with a blank password, which is what the current bug allows to happen.

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Disabling the root user account again follows the same steps, but at the “Edit” portion of the process, you’ll select “Disable Root User” to remove the option. Until the bug is fixed, though, you’ll want to leave the root user account intact to prevent it from being accessed without a password.

To further protect your Mac, you can also disable guest accounts, though this is not a necessary step with a root password enabled. Guest accounts can be disabled by going to System Preferences > Users & Groups and choosing “Guest User” after entering your admin password. Disable “Allow guests to log in to this computer.”

Update: Apple has released a security update to fix this issue, and all macOS High Sierra users should apply the update as soon as possible to ensure they are protected.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

If your iPhone has been lost or stolen, your first move is usually to check Apple’s Find My iPhone feature.

By syncing your Mac computer with your iCloud account and enabling Find My Mac on your computer, you can locate your Mac in just a few easy steps.

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How to use Find my iPhone on Mac

1. Open System Preferences on your Mac (shown here using a MacBook Pro).

2. Click on the iCloud icon (resembling a blue cloud).

3. Scroll until you see Find My Mac in the menu’s list.

4. If there is not a blue check mark on the left, click the box.

5. A pop-up will ask if you want to allow Find My Mac to use your computer’s location. Click Allow.

6. A check mark will now appear next to Find My Mac, indicating the use of your computer’s location for the feature.

How to use iCloud to find your Mac

2. Next, use your Apple ID or email address associated with your Mac and password to sign in to iCloud. During this section you may get a pop-up on your Mac’s homescreen notifying you of new sign-in to your iCloud account along with a verification code. Enter the verification code, then click the arrow.

3. Once you are signed in, click Find iPhone.

4. In the middle of the page, click My Devices to access the dropdown menu.

5. In the menu, find the name of your Mac and select.

6. Once you’ve selected your Mac, you have the ability to play a sound on your Mac to help you locate it, lock your Mac so no one without the access code can unlock it, or erase the device from your iCloud.

Your f.lux installer is a .zip file – it should be in your Downloads folder. Install f.lux by double-clicking it.

Once f.lux is installed and running, you should see the f.lux Preferences window appear. Here, you can enter your location and set your usual wake time. f.lux uses this information to create a custom lighting schedule for you.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

You can open up Preferences any time to view and change your f.lux settings.

The f.lux menu can always be found to the left of your system clock.

f.lux Preferences

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Daytime is whenever the sun is up in your location. By default, f.lux is at 6500K during the daytime, and does not change your screen’s color.

If you prefer very warm daytime colors, select Options> Expanded Daytime Settings from the f.lux menu.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Sunset is when the sun has set, but you are awake. If you are an early riser, this is also your pre-sunrise morning setting.

Sunset colors are designed to work well with normal warm white room lighting. If you usually wake up before sunrise, you might prefer a more moderate (4500K or brighter) Sunset setting.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Bedtime is the time before sleep when you’re getting ready for bed (or already in it).

The Bedtime setting changes with your wake time. It removes as much alerting light from your screen as possible so that you can feel your body growing tired. You can go to sleep anytime with f.lux – whenever you feel sleepy.

f.lux presets

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

The f.lux preferences window lets you change and preview settings. There are several presets you can choose from. f.lux will default to the Recommended colors preset.

Recommended colors: Use these for the first week while you get used to the change of colors and discover how you like to use f.lux.

Custom colors: Custom color control, click the time of day you want to change and then drag the slider to your preferred color temperature.

Classic f.lux: At sunset, f.lux will fade to 3400K, and turn off at sunrise. For large screens this setting is probably not strong enough to remove all alerting light.

Working late: for extreme night owls, removes solar timing and gives 14 hours of bright waking light.

Location

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

For most machines, f.lux can automatically detect your location with OS X Location Services.

You can also use postal codes (US only), the name of a nearby city, or map coordinates (find them on the map at justgetflux.com/map.html).

If you’ve been traveling, you might need to update your location. Make sure your computer’s internal Timezone settings are correct under System Preferences > Date & Time > Time Zone

Options

Fast transitions: 20 second fade at sunrise and sunset. When unchecked, f.lux changes gradually over one hour.

Sleep in on weekends: For people who want brighter light later on Friday and Saturday nights (and sleep in on Saturday and Sunday mornings)

Extra hour of sleep (ages 13-18): Starts Bedtime one hour earlier for teens and other people who need a little more sleep

Expanded daytime settings: Warmer daytime settings (to 1900K) for people who want to reduce eyestrain or match office lighting

Backwards alarm clock: Calculates how many hours remain until your wake time and gives reminders every thirty minutes when it gets very late

Dim on disable: Gentle fade on disable so it hurts less to check colors

Color Effects

Darkroom: Removes 100% of blue and green light and inverts colors. Darkroom mode also preserves night vision while using a screen.

Movie mode: Lasts 2.5 hours. Preserves colors and shadow detail for watching movies with reduced alerting light.

OS X Dark theme at sunset: Uses the normal theme during the day and switches to dark theme (dock and menu bar) each night at sunset. Disabling f.lux will also disable dark theme.

Disable

For an hour: Disables f.lux for one hour and returns your screen to its normal setting.

Until sunrise: Disables f.lux until your local sunrise.

For current app: Open the app you want to disable f.lux for, then choose this option to disable f.lux whenever a particular app becomes active. You can re-enable f.lux later by opening the app and unchecking this option.

If you often check colors after dark, you might like to use the Dim On Disable setting under Options.

About f.lux

This is where to find what version you have installed, see our contact information, and get a measurement of your screen’s current brightness.

Quit f.lux

This will quit the f.lux process and remove the f.lux icon from your menubar. Always quit f.lux before uninstalling or deleting files.

Troubleshooting: Answers to some common OS X questions

Installing

  1. Click the f.lux Mac download link.
  2. Click the zip file to expand it
  3. Double click the “Flux” application in your Finder window.
  4. Enter your location and wake time

Uninstalling

  1. Go to the f.lux Settings panel (to the left of your system clock)
  2. Choose “Quit f.lux”
  3. In Finder, search for “Flux” and select and delete the f.lux app by dragging it to the trash

Uninstalled but can’t delete files

  1. Open Activity Monitor and select Flux
  2. Choose Force Quit
  3. Delete f.lux app by dragging it to the trash

Quit f.lux but the color still remains

Rebooting often fixes any problems with color tint. But if that does not help you, try the following:

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Select the checkbox to enable it. Once you enable it, You will find another option to make more customizations for the Turn off Online Find My Mac or Turn Off Offline Finding Mac option. I recommend to turn on both the option.

Allow From the Verification popup.

Turn On Option for “Participating in the Find My network lets you locate this Mac even when it’s offline.

Fix Location Service if Off Error on Find my Mac Settings

For the location of your Mac on Map Accuracy, We need to turn on Location Services for Mac and Enable for Find my only. Yes, We can do it from Mac System Preferences.

  1. Go to the Apple Logo from top Mac Menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Find My Mac “Location Services if Off”. > Click on Details next to this option and Click on Open Security & Privacy option. [Otherwise, we can directly enable under System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Location Services > Find My].

Or Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Unlock the window by click on the lock iconSelect – Enable Location Services“.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Tap on the Lock icon to make changes. Enter Your Mac System password > And Select Location Services > Enable Location Services > Enable Find My also.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Use Offline Finding on Mac or Use Find My Mac

  • Your Other Apple Device signed in with the same iCloud you will able to find your Mac’s location on Mac using the App. Find My App is now on All the Apple Devices just use it to find any of your Apple Devices.
  • Find My App is pre-installed on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, iPod Touch running on iOS 13/iPadOS/WatchOS 6 & macOS Catalina or later.

Use Find My App

  1. Open Find My App on the iPhone.
  2. Under the Devices Tab sees your Mac name and Tap on it to Show location on Map.
  3. Now we can play sound remotely, Get the Directions on Map, Notifications, Mark as Lost & Erase This device remotely – This option clear stolen MacBook, mac.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Use iCloud.com: Trak on Any Device

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Can I Find a lost MacBook with a serial number? No. You need your Apple ID that you are using lost MacBook, Using this apple ID we can log in icloud find service and track it easily.

In the case, are you sure about that on your lost device enabled with find my Mac option? Then proceed for steps given in below.

Now, what you can do if Find my Mac enabled: 1. Erase whole data remotely 2. Find the location on the Map.

Step 1: Go to the Browser And Login on www.icloud.com/find. Or Use find my iPhone free apps on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Note: Use the Same Apple ID, that has been opened on your remote/Stolen Device.

Step 2: After the successful login, You can see the list of other connected devices. To view the current location, on the map, click on the device name.

  • You can also here sound nearby your device
  • You can also lock Mac remotely or send a message on Screen
  • Find My Mac also helps to delete personal data remotely

Case 2: Report Stolen MacBook, Mac: Find My Mac doesn’t enable or turn on Stolen Mac

Before lost your Mac device you didn’t set up Find My Mac or Enabled it, Then Follow the below alternate solution.

  1. Reset your Apple ID password from another device.
  2. Also reset another service like Mail, Message, and Social account
  3. Send query on your own Apple Mac along with the serial number. Mention that your Mac has Find My Mac Enabled.

Still not resolve and any query regarding your Find stolen Mac on some critical condition share with others and we will be glad to assist you.

Find My Mac is an iCloud-based service that enables you to discover the location of a lost Mac, lock it, or erase it remotely. However, it turns out that it’s easy to disable Find My Mac, which could be bad news if your Mac is stolen or good news if you’re dealing with an old Mac that wasn’t properly reset.

The two main reasons to enable and use Find My Mac are to help recover a lost or stolen Mac and to eliminate the worry of misplacing it around the house. For most people, it’s a no-brainer — just open System Preferences > iCloud and select the Find My Mac button. The main downside is that if you’re concerned about your privacy, Find My Mac opens up an avenue by which you could conceivably be tracked.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Finding a Lost Mac — Should your Mac go missing, you can log in to the iCloud Web site to deal with it. Click Find iPhone there, and then select the Mac from the menu at the top to see the Mac’s location on a map. A box in the corner shows your Mac’s battery level, lets you play a sound in case it just slipped between the couch cushions, lock it with a passcode (to prevent it from being erased) and display a custom message, or wipe it remotely yourself. You can also use the Find My iPhone app in iOS to perform the same tasks.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Unfortunately, Find My Mac requires that the Mac be powered on and connected to a Wi-Fi network, which means that anything you try to make happen on a lost Mac may be delayed or never occur at all. Plus, since Macs lack GPS chips, the reported location may not be all that precise even when a Mac can be located. At least Macs with solid-state storage and Power Nap turned on can report their locations while sleeping, which isn’t true of Macs with hard drives.

There is one other problem that my friend Will Mayall alerted me to recently, which is that resetting NVRAM disables Find My Mac. Will discovered this on his own, but it turns out that others have run across the same fact over the past few years, as evidenced by a quick Google search. In essence, Apple stores the Find My Mac data in NVRAM, which is good for keeping it around even if the hard drive is removed, but bad in the sense that it’s easy to reset NVRAM — just restart while holding down Command-Option-P-R. A quick
test confirmed the problem in OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and nothing has changed in the public beta of macOS 10.12 Sierra.

The only way to prevent Find My Mac from being disabled is to set a firmware password, which you must enter whenever you start up from a disk other than the usual startup disk. Plus, if you try to reset NVRAM, you’re prompted for the firmware password, and when you enter it, the Mac instead boots into Recovery mode. In fact, when you lock your Mac via Find My Mac, what it’s doing is setting a firmware password.

Don’t set a firmware password without understanding the ramifications, though. If you forget your firmware password, regaining the use of the Mac will require a service appointment at an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider, and you’ll have to bring an original receipt or invoice as proof of purchase. I recommend setting a firmware password that you’ll remember easily — and write it down somewhere safe as well.

Disabling Find My Mac Intentionally — Now imagine that you’ve just bought a used Mac on eBay, and the previous user didn’t disable Find My Mac. Although that was most likely an oversight, that setting would enable them to lock or erase the Mac at any time, so you’ll want to turn off Find My Mac yourself. Resetting NVRAM will do the job without having to ask for help from the seller.

For Mac sysadmins who are getting multiple Macs back from users — graduating students or departing employees, perhaps — who may have turned on Find My Mac, resetting NVRAM from the keyboard for each Mac might be onerous. Happily, there is a command-line workaround published by Mac sysadmin Clayton Burlison — just enter these two commands or make them part of your imaging script:

nvram -d fmm-computer-name
nvram -d fmm-mobileme-token-FMM

It’s a little distressing that Find My Mac is so easily circumvented, but at least setting a firmware password addresses the problem for those who are concerned. Ideally, Apple would tweak things in Sierra so the Find My Mac data was stored in both NVRAM and on disk, perhaps in the Recovery volume, so neither resetting NVRAM nor booting from another disk would be sufficient to disable it.

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Initially introduced as Find My iPhone and Find My Friends, Apple’s Find My service continues to gain new features. With Find My, you can keep track of people, Apple devices, and now, items such as carry bags, keys, and more. The free Find My app is available on iPhone/iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.

Set up Find My on Mac

The key to using Find My on Mac is turning on Location Services and Find My Mac.

To turn on Location Services, click on the Apple icon on the menu bar, then choose ‘System Preferences’. Select ‘Security & Privacy’, then ‘Privacy’. Choose the ‘Lock’ icon at the bottom left and log into your Mac account. Select ‘Location Services’ on the left, and check the ‘Enable Location Services’ box. Check ‘Find My’ in the list of apps.

To activate Find My on Mac, click on the Apple icon on the menu bar, then choose ‘System Preferences’. Choose ‘Apple ID’. Select ‘iCloud’ in the sidebar, then choose ‘Find My Mac’ and click ‘Allow’ (if asked) to allow Find My Mac to use the location of your Mac.

The ‘Find My’ app is now ready on your Mac.

People

With Find My, users can share their GPS locations on a temporary or indefinite basis. Once shared, you can see the exact location of a person’s device on a map and find directions to their location. With notifications, you can also receive alerts whenever a person leaves or arrives at a set location.

To share your location, click on the ‘Find My’ app on the dock or from the ‘Applications’ folder. Choose yourself on the list, then click ‘Share My Location’ at the bottom left. Type a name, an email address, or a phone number in the To field. As you type, Find My suggests matching addresses from the ‘Contacts’ app or from people you’ve previously shared your location with. Select the ‘+’ button to see all of your contacts. Click ‘Send’, followed by how long you wish to share your location.

You can share your location from your Mac if you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch signed in with the same Apple ID. If you only have a Mac, you can’t share your location.

In turn, you’ll receive sharing requests from other users. As you accept those requests, you’ll see their names pop up under the ‘People’ tab in the ‘Find My’ app across your Apple devices.

To find someone’s location on Mac, open the ‘Find My’ app, then select the ‘People’ tab. Choose the person you wish to find. Click on the ‘i’ next to the person’s name on the map. From there, you can perform various tasks, including receiving directions, creating a notification, adding the contact to favorites, removing the contact from location sharing, and more.

Devices

During the setup process across your Apple devices, you’re asked whether to share its location to help you locate and protect it if it’s ever lost or stolen. Regardless, you’ve already done this using the steps above. Each device tied to your Apple ID will show up in the ‘Find My’ app.

To customize the settings for your Mac, go into the ‘Find My’ app on the dock or from the ‘Applications’ folder. Select the ‘Devices’ tab. Choose your device on the list on the left side of the app. Click on the ‘i’ next to the device’s name on the map. From there, you can perform various tasks, including locking the device, playing a sound, and more.

To find another device from the list, click on it and see its location on the map. An updated location and timestamp appear under the device’s name. If there’s a blue circle around the device, the location is approximate.

If you can’t find the device on the map, below the device’s name, ‘No location found’ appears. If you want to be notified when the location is available, click the Info button on the map, then select ‘Notify When Found’. You receive a notification once it’s located.

Items

With macOS 11.3 or later, you can track items connected to an Apple AirTag or supported third-party tracker registered to your Apple ID. You can use Find My to see the location of a missing item and get directions to it.

To find an item, select the ‘Item’ tab on the ‘Find My’ app, then click on the object and see its location on the map. An updated location and timestamp appear under the device’s name. If there’s a blue circle around the device, the location is approximate.

If you can’t find the item on the map, below its name, ‘No location found’ appears. If you want to be notified when the location is available, click the Info button on the map, then select ‘Notify When Found’. You receive a notification once it’s located.

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For many Mac users, notifications are useful and welcomed. They allow you not to miss anything that may or may not be important, but there are times when you wish that the notifications would just leave you alone. Fortunately, turning them off is pretty simple.

This is your step-by-step instructions for turning off notifications. There is more than one way to do this, and we show them all to you. Just remember to turn them back on after your alone time is complete.

How to turn on Do Not Disturb manually

Using Do Not Disturb is the easiest way to turn off Mac notifications. It will keep you from seeing or hearing notifications (although you can view them by opening the Notification Center). There are a few ways to enable this feature.

Step 1: The easiest way to enable Do Not Disturb is to hold the Option key (labeled as Alt on some Macs) and click the Notification Center icon. It’s the far-right icon in the menu bar that looks like three lines stacked on top of each other.

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Step 2: The Notification Center icon will turn from black to gray. This means Do Not Disturb has been turned on. It will remain on until midnight or until you turn it off.

Step 3: Alternatively, there’s another way to turn on Do Not Disturb. Swipe left from the right edge of the trackpad — this will bring across the Notification Center.

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Step 4: Swipe downward, and two options will be revealed at the top of the Notification Center: Night Shift and Do Not Disturb.

Step 5: Click the dial next to Do Not Disturb to turn it on. As with the previous method, this will enable it until midnight or until you decide to switch it off.

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Step 6: Finally, if neither of the two above methods take your fancy, you can create a custom keyboard shortcut. Open System Preferences and click Keyboard, then click the Shortcuts tab. In the left-hand column, click Mission Control, then tick the checkbox next to Show Notification Center and enter your preferred shortcut. Close System Preferences when you’re finished.

How to schedule Do Not Disturb automatically

If you tend to be busy during the same time period on most days and don’t want to be bothered by notifications, you can schedule Do Not Disturb to turn on automatically.

Step 1: Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen, then click System Preferences. Alternatively, click the System Preferences icon in the Dock; it looks like a set of gray cogs.

Step 2: From here, click Notifications.

Step 3: In the Notifications section, click Do Not Disturb at the top of the left-hand sidebar.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Step 4: There are several options here. You can have Do Not Disturb turn on at set times (for example, during your working hours if you use your Mac for your job) or when the display is sleeping and/or locked. You can also enable it when your Mac’s display is mirrored to TVs and projectors, so you won’t be interrupted during a movie or presentation.

Step 5: If you want to allow people to call you while Do Not Disturb is enabled, click the checkbox next to Allow Calls From Everyone. You can also choose to only allow through repeated calls, just in case someone is trying to contact you with something urgent.

How to turn off notifications for a certain app

Although Do Not Disturb is useful, it mutes notifications from every app on your Mac. You’ll want to use another method if you only want to stop certain apps from disturbing you.

Step 1: Like before, click on System Preferences and select Notifications.

Step 2: On the left side of the window, find the app whose notifications you want to stop.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Step 3: You should see a toggle option that says Allow Notifications From [App Name]. Click on it; The toggle should switch and turn gray. It’s that simple— you’ve now blocked that app’s alerts.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Step 4: If you don’t wish to block notifications entirely, but you need to limit pop-ups from just appearing on your screen, you can confine alerts to the Notification Center. In your settings, under [App Name] Alert Style, select None. After that, you can uncheck the checkboxes for Show Notification Preview, Badge App Icon, and Play Sound for Notifications.

Now you can look for alerts specifically in the Notification Center when it’s convenient, instead of seeing them light up across your screen while you’re working.

Take a look at our guide on how to download MacOS Big Sur for more Mac-navigating assistance.

Don't have enough storage on your Apple computer for all the apps and documents you need? It's time for some cleanup. Here's how to free up disk space on your Mac.

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If your Mac’s hard drive is bursting at the seams—slowing things down and leaving no room for new music, photos, and documents—it’s time to do a little cleaning. You could try your hand at manually weeding out unnecessary files, or you can turn to a few programs that will automate much of the process. Here are a few simple ways to clean up your Mac.

See What's Taking Up Space and Delete Old Files

The bigger the files you can delete, the more space you can free up—so let’s go hunting. Click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the menu bar and choose About This Mac.

If that overview says you’re running macOS 10.12 Sierra or higher, then you can merely click the Storage tab to get a basic idea of what’s taking up so much space on your drive—like documents, photos, music, and so on. If you discover you have 100GB of music on a 128GB drive, for example, then it’s a fair bet you should clean up that iTunes library.

Click the Manage button and you will have the option to see a much more detailed breakdown. The left sidebar shows you each of the aforementioned categories, and you can click on them to see the biggest files of that type. For example, you may find that you have multiple gigabytes of video from an old project you no longer need, or huge iOS backups from devices you no longer own.

Right-click any of these files to delete them, and you should be able to free up a decent amount of space. (Just don’t forget to empty the Trash when you’re done—if files are in the Trash, they’re still taking up space on your Mac!)

If you don’t have macOS Sierra, or you want to drill down even further into your system, you can accomplish similar things with a tool like Disk Inventory X. It may not be the prettiest disk space analyzer available for macOS, but it’s free and offers an exhaustive list of which folders, files, and file types are hogging your hard drive.

Move Files to the Cloud

From the same Manage Storage window mentioned above, you can click Recommendations in the upper-right corner to run a few operations that may help free up space. For example, macOS can automatically remove iTunes movies and shows you’ve already watched (while keeping them re-downloadable for later).

You can also choose to store documents, photos, and/or messages in iCloud instead of on your computer. You’ll likely need to buy iCloud storage for this feature to be useful, though.

If you use another cloud syncing service, like Dropbox, open its settings and make sure you’re only syncing the folders you need. If you have large files in the cloud that you don’t access regularly on this machine—perhaps you only have them there for backup purposes—you can de-select those folders in the settings of your cloud storage app so they don’t sync to your Mac. They’ll still be available from Dropbox.com if you need them, but they won’t take up space on your computer.

Find and Delete Duplicate Files

As you investigate your drive, you may find that you have two or even three of some files—maybe you accidentally downloaded a file twice, or perhaps you added music to iTunes, but those songs also exist in their original location. Deleting these duplicates can help free up space, especially if there are a lot of them.

The best way to find duplicate files is with a third-party app like Gemini 2. It’s rather expensive for a full license, but the free trial should be all you need for a quick duplicate search—just run the scan, and click the drop-down arrows next to each of the results to see which files are actually duplicates you can delete.

The paid version will clean up those files automatically, while the free version makes you do it one-by-one. We recommend the latter anyway, so you don’t accidentally delete something you need.

Remove Caches and Other Temporary Files

Your computer keeps a collection of temporary files on its hard drive so it can re-access them later. Many people advocate clearing these caches occasionally to free up space, but unlike the above tricks, clearing temporary files only helps you. well, temporarily.

Those caches will fill right back up as you continue using your computer, so this is only worthwhile if you’re extremely low on space and just need to get by for a few days while you finish that large project, or wait for a bigger hard drive in the mail.

CCleaner is a free program that will scan your system for temporary internet files, system logs, and other unnecessary files. Install the app, open it up, and click the Analyze button in the bottom-right corner. It’ll present you with a list of removable files, and you can click Run Cleaner to delete them.

If you want something more thorough, CleanMyMac X was able to find even more deletable files on my system, but it costs $35 for a one-year license.

If All Else Fails, Grab an External Drive

If you’re still low on space after going through all the above steps, it may be time to bite the bullet and upgrade your storage. You can upgrade the internal drive on some older Macs, but most of Apple’s modern offerings solder the storage onto the motherboard. As a result, you are then forced to buy a new Mac if you want more internal storage. (Google your specific model of Mac and see what your options are.)

If you can’t upgrade the internal storage, hope is not lost: you can still grab an external drive and offload some of your less-used files to that instead. Check out our list of the best external hard drives and those that work especially well with Mac to see what’s available.

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If you use your MacBook as a desktop replacement, the trackpad can get tiresome to use, depending on your type of keyboard and how the MacBook sits on your desk. But for most people, the desire to use a mouse is due to trackpad malfunctions. In any scenario, the trackpad is convenient for when you’re on the road, but use it at home, and a mouse will soon prove its worth. You can set macOS 11 Big Sur to disable the MacBook trackpad when using a mouse automatically. Here’s how.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

You should only need to do this once as we configure Mac OS 11 to disable the trackpad every time it detects a mouse. Once set, the auto-adjustment works the same for both wired and wireless mice. This article also shows you how to reverse it, just in case you prefer working that way.

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Disable MacBook Trackpad when Using a Mouse

Until something better comes along, a mouse is the best way to control any computer over the long term. Spend a few hours on your MacBook, and the trackpad can become very tiresome to use. Most of the time, a good Apple mouse is comfortable for more extended periods.

To disable the MacBook trackpad when using a mouse, follow the steps below.

  1. Select the “Apple logo” (Main Menu) in the top left and then click on “System Preferences.”
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  2. Select “Accessibility.”
    Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)
  3. Click on the “Pointer Control” menu item on the left.
    Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)
  4. Check the box next to “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present.”
    Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Now, when you connect a mouse to your MacBook, macOS 11 will automatically disable the trackpad until you remove the mouse. Why this setting isn’t under mouse or trackpad remains unknown, but the procedures required still get the job done.

Reverse the MacBook Trackpad

Ever since ‘Natural Scrolling’ got introduced in the days of ‘Mountain Lion,’ Mac users have had to reverse the trackpad. Some use both Apple and Windows. Leaving Natural Scrolling enabled means that you have to switch the OS in your brain and scroll in a different direction. Apple-only users may not have an issue, but IT techs and frequent users do.

Fortunately, you can reverse the Mac setting, so it works a little more like Windows and Linux. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Select the “Apple logo” (Main Menu) in the top left and then “System Preferences.”
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  2. Click on “Trackpad.”
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  3. Select the “Scroll & Zoom” tab, then uncheck the box next to “Scroll direction: Natural” at the top of the window.
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Now, when you scroll down on the trackpad, the screen scrolls up. Scroll up on the pad, and the screen scrolls down. Instead of sliding up and down based on the page’s position, you’re sliding the page based on the scroll bar. In other words, you move the screen based on the scroll slider, not the page position. This reversal reflects Windows and Linux movements to help reduce confusion between operating systems. Scroll up; the slider moves up. Scroll down; the slider moves down.

Enable Mouse Keys

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

Another macOS feature is called Mouse Keys. The ability to move your cursor with the number pad or keyboard without using the trackpad. This feature is a great backup option if you’re unable to use your trackpad.

  1. Select the “Apple logo” (Main Menu) in the top left and then “System Preferences.”
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  2. Select “Accessability.”
  3. Click on “Pointer Control.”
  4. Click on the “Alternate Control Metods” tab, then click the box at the top labeled “Enable Mouse Keys.”
  5. Optional: You can click the “Options” button next to “Enable Mouse Keys” to manage the feature and customize it to meet your needs.
  6. Optional: When completing “Step 5” above, your keyboard may or may not work for text. To quickly turn the function off, press “Option + Command + F5” on the keyboard. You’ll get a screen where you can unclick “Mouse Keys.”

If you need to disable the MacBook trackpad, you now know what to do. Got any other trackpad tips or tricks we should know?

Your mac is tracking your location in high sierra here’s why (and how to disable it)

If you worry about your privacy, you might be the type to disable webcam by putting tape over your iSight or FaceTime camera. (Hint: Apple says don’t do that.) Perhaps you use an app like Oversight, instead, so you can detect camera activity. There are actually a couple of ways to disable your Mac’s front-facing camera altogether, and they won’t leave sticky residue on the component. The first method, which works on macOS Catalina, is simple and straightforward. If your Mac is still running a version of macOS or OS X earlier than 10.15.1, the solution involves the Terminal, some caution, and perhaps nerves of steel.

Why Should I Disable My Mac’s Camera?

This process isn’t for the average Mac user, but perhaps it should be. It’s definitely for anybody who wants the privacy of having their cameras turned off. Security professionals, system administrators, and similar folks can benefit from this procedure.

Disable Webcam in Catalina and Later

There are two steps to this method of disabling webcam. First, you can control which third-party apps have access to your camera. Launch System Preferences, click on Security & Privacy, then Privacy. From this tab, click Camera. Simply check or uncheck which apps you want to access or be blocked from using the camera. Note that you can configure your microphone’s privacy settings the same way.

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From System Preferences > Security & Privacy, you can control which apps have access to your camera

Next, you’ll want to pay a visit to similar settings in Safari. From Safari, click Safari in the menu bar, then Preferences. Click Websites, followed by Camera. If you’ve already granted access to the camera to any websites, they’ll appear in this menu. You can change the settings, disable the camera for the sites you wish, and configure how Safari will react when other sites try accessing your FaceTime or other camera. In the bottom right of the preferences pane, locate the dropdown labeled “When visiting other websites.” You can choose from Ask, Deny, or Allow. I’d suggest setting it to Ask. Once again, you’ll find similar controls here for your microphone.

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From Safari’s preferences, you can control which websites have access to your camera

For Earlier Versions of macOS, a Word of Warning

Just to make sure you understand, this is an advanced tip that will fully disable the software components behind your Mac’s front-facing camera. When you follow these steps, you’ll prevent the camera from being used by any of the applications on your Mac. I’ll also show you how to enable the camera again when you need it. If, however, you aren’t comfortable modifying system files using the command line with super user privileges, you should keep going the tape-over-the-lens route.

First, Disable System Integrity Protection

Introduced in OS X El Capitan, System Integrity Protection, or SIP, is also called rootless mode. It prevents you from modifying certain system-level files and folders. That’s precisely what we need to do to disable the front-facing camera, so let’s disable SIP temporarily. First, back up your Mac, then proceed.

Reboot your Mac into Recovery mode, and launch the Terminal from the Utilities menu. Then, issue the following command:

Now reboot into normal mode and proceed. We’ll turn SIP back on after we’re done.

Completely Disable your FaceTime Camera

Now we’ll be able to issue the commands necessary to disable the Mac’s front-facing camera. Open the Terminal app from /Applications/Utilities and issue these command strings, one at a time, into the command line. Enter each command on its own line, even copying and pasting to make sure everything goes right.

Terminal will ask for your password for the first one, but remember it after that.

Now, when you open an app that needs to use the camera, your Mac will tell you that no camera is available. This includes FaceTime, Skype, Photo Booth, QuickTime, iMovie, etc., and is exactly what we’re looking for when we disable the FaceTime camera or webcam.

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After issuing the commands, my Mac tells me there is no camera available.

If you have apps running that already had access to the camera, you may have to relaunch that software for changes to take effect. You don’t have to reboot, though.

Turn System Integrity Protection Back On

Now, reboot into Recovery mode again. Re-enable SIP by issuing this command from Terminal :

Turning the Camera Back On

When you want access back to your camera, you just reverse what you’ve done previously. First, go back into the Recovery mode and disable SIP, as before. Once you’ve done that and you’re back in normal boot mode, launch Terminal again and issue these commands, one at a time, each on its own line:

Now, you can launch your favorite camera-using app, and it will work just fine again.

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Once the camera is re-enabled, I can look at my ugly mug again

Make sure you turn SIP back on.

What Do These Steps Do?

If you aren’t familiar with file permissions on a UNIX system, the commands to disable the FaceTime camera take away read access to the files required for the camera to function. When we turn camera capability back on, we give that read access back.

Good old “drag and drop”. It’s a mainstay of graphical interfaces and a super-intuitive way of moving stuff from one virtual spot to another. Being such an early pioneer of the graphical interface, you’d expect Apple’s macOS to have completely nailed this particular function.

However, for more than a decade, certain unlucky macOS users have been faced with a bizarre situation where drag and drop suddenly stops working on Mac. If you suddenly find that you can’t drag and drop on your Mac, here are some things you can try.

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Also, we made a short YouTube video covering some of the items we mentioned down below in the article, so check that out first and come back here if your problem isn’t solved.

Are You Running The Latest macOS?

Stop! Before we go any further, consider that many drag and drop Mac issues have been fixed in newer versions of macOS. We haven’t included any of the fixes that are specific to versions such as High Sierra here, so (if you haven’t already) consider upgrading to the latest version of macOS your computer supports. At the time of writing, that’s macOS Catalina and it’s well worth moving over for most people.

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Did The Problem Happen After Something Changed?

Did your drag-and-drop woes begin right after something else happened? Perhaps a system update, new hardware or a new application? While it might just be a coincidence, one option is to use a Time Machine snapshot to roll back your Mac to before that change was made.

Failing that, you could try to reverse the change manually, by undoing the last change that was made before the problem started. Of course, that change and your drag-and-drop issues might just have happened together by coincidence, but it’s a likely place to start.

Is The Problem Mouse-Specific?

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It’s always worth eliminating suspects in any computer diagnostic process and the first question to answer is whether the mouse or computer is at fault. For example, if you’re using a MacBook, connect an external mouse and see if the issue persists.That could be a clue as to where you should focus your efforts to fix.

A Culprit Mouse: Battery, Maintenance & Bluetooth

If it’s a specific mouse that won’t play ball, what can you do? If you’re using a wireless mouse, try switching Bluetooth on and off, unpairing and pairing, or removing and reinserting the mouse’s USB dongle. Whichever applies to your model.

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Check the buttons for dirt or grime and make sure that the USB plug or cable aren’t damaged. Some mice, like the first-generation Apple Magic Mouse, are notorious for constantly disconnecting while you work. This can interrupt mouse tasks such as dragging and dropping something.

Is The Problem App-Specific?

Is drag-and-drop not working on Mac between some apps but works fine with others? If only certain applications don’t work correctly with this common mouse function, you should look for answers that relate to the specific software in question.

If it happens everywhere, well a system level issue seems likely. Assuming that you’ve eliminated the mouse hardware itself as the culprit.

Restart The Finder App

The Finder application is the beating heart of your Mac’s file management system. If it goes belly up, you’ll lose the ability to drag files from one place to another. The good news is that restarting Finder is fast and easy:

  1. Press command + option + escape.
  2. In the Force Quit Applications list, look for Finder.
  3. Click the Relaunch button.

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Now just wait a second and Finder should restart. If you’re lucky the drag and drop issue will have resolved.

Restart Your Mac

If restarting the Finder isn’t enough, then restart your Mac completely. For some people, simply putting the Mac to sleep and waking it back up works. However, modern machines reboot so quickly, this might just be a waste of time.

So do a hard reboot, but be sure to save any work you’ve got open. Just to be safe.

Check Your Trackpad Settings

In some cases, it turns out that the magic trackpad on MacBooks may simply go out of whack for no obvious reason. We’ve heard people complain about this after updates.

Regardless, if your trackpad in particular seems to cause drag and drop not to work on your Mac, check its sensitivity and other settings, taking them back to default or more sensible levels if something seems out of whack.

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Just hold command+space to launch Spotlight Search. Type trackpad and hit enter.

Reset Your Preferences

If none of these fixes work, then we’re afraid you’ll have to resort to a mildly technical solution. macOS uses “plist” files to store your preferences for various aspects of the Mac. We’re going to delete those files, forcing macOS to rebuild and reset them to default. Specifically, we’ll delete the plist files related to the mouse and trackpad.

Before you do that, we strongly recommend you make a Time Machine backup of your Mac. This ensures that you can always undo things if something goes wrong.

Note: This doesn’t seem to be a relevant solution for macOS Catalina anymore, since we were unable to locate the relevant preference files in the user-accessible portion of the system drive.

First, start up Finder and then navigate to Library > Preferences. Once there, delete these .plist files:

  • com.apple.driver.AppleHIDMouse.plist
  • com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad.plist
  • com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.mouse.plist
  • com.apple.AppleMultitouchTrackpad.plist
  • com.apple.preference.trackpad.plist

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With these files deleted, restart your Mac and check whether drag and drop now works as intended. macOS should have rebuilt these files with their default values intact. Hopefully fixing your drag-and-drop problems at the same time.

What A Drag!

Big computer problems can be less stressful than small ones. Despite what you may think, at least, when something serious goes wrong, you can reinstall everything or simply replace or repair broken hardware. When a problem like this crops up, it can eat hours of your life and defy explanation.

Hopefully these concrete steps have sorted out your problematic mouse malady and have you dragging and dropping stuff all over the place again.

Accessibility is an Apple setting that allows applications on your Mac to interact with other applications. For example, it allows the Dropbox badge to work in non-Dropbox applications.

If you don’t turn on accessibility, you won’t get access to Dropbox features like:

  • The Dropbox badge
  • Seeing who’s viewed your files
  • Better prioritization for file syncing

How do I turn on or turn off Dropbox accessibility on my Mac?

If you’re installing Dropbox on your Mac, you may see this dialog box:

To allow accessibility from here:

  1. Click Turn on Accessibility.
  2. Go the Privacy tab, if you’re not there already.
  3. Click the lock icon to unlock your system preferences.
    • You will be asked to enter your computer username and password (not your Dropbox username and password)
  4. Check the box beside the Dropbox icon to enable accessibility or uncheck to disable accessibility.
  5. Click the lock icon again to re-lock system preferences.

How to edit accessibility after you’ve already installed Dropbox

If you want to edit accessibility after you’ve already installed Dropbox:

  1. On your Mac computer, click the System Preferences icon.
  2. Click Security & Privacy.
  3. Click the Privacy tab.
  4. Click Accessibility in the menu.
  5. Click the lock icon to unlock your system preferences and enter your username and password for your computer.
  6. Check the box beside the Dropbox icon to enable accessibility or uncheck to disable accessibility.
  7. Click the lock icon again to re-lock system preferences.

You may also be prompted to:

  • Enable accessibility for the Dropbox badge, if you haven’t already
  • Restart the Dropbox desktop application

How to get Dropbox to stop asking you about accessibility

If you don’t want to keep being asked about accessibility, click the checkbox next to Don’t show this to me again. To make changes to your accessibility in the future, follow the instructions for “How to edit accessibility after you’ve already installed Dropbox”.

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In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on the Windows Server® 2016, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 editions.

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Macs are a series of computers — desktops and laptops — manufactured by Apple, and they run with the OS X operating system. High Sierra version 10.13 was released in 2017.

Find out which version of macOS is installed on your device

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. You’ll see the macOS name, followed by its version number.

Create a New User Profile on Your Mac

  1. Log in to your administrator account.
  2. Click the System Preferences icon in your Dock.
  3. Click Users and Groups.
  4. Click the lock icon to make changes.
  5. Enter your password when prompted.
  6. Click the + button below the list of users to add a new user.
  7. In the New Account drop-down menu, choose Managed with Parental Control.
  8. Select your child’s age (either 4+, 9+, or 12+).
  9. Enter your child’s full name.
  10. Enter an Account Name.
  11. Enter a password for the user, and then enter it again to verify it.
  12. Create a password hint in case the child forgets the password.
  13. Click Create user.
  14. Click the lock again to prevent further changes.

Set Parental Restrictions on Your Mac

  1. Go to the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Select Parental Controls.
  4. Click the lock icon to unlock it.
  5. Enter your administrator name and password (or use Touch ID if your Mac has a Touch Bar).
  6. Select a user, then begin to customize their restrictions:
    • Time: Set time limits for weekdays, weekends, and bedtime.
    • Privacy: Allow your child to make changes related to privacy.
    • Web: Limit access to websites, or allow unrestricted access.
    • Apps:
      • Prevent your child from using the built-in camera.
      • Restrict them from joining multiplayer games in the Game Center.
      • Limit your child’s contact with other people through Mail.
      • Specify which apps your child can access.
    • Stores:
      • Disable access to the iTunes Store and the iBooks Store.
      • Limit a child’s access to music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books to only those with age-appropriate ratings.
    • Other:
      • Prevent your child from using Siri and Dictation.
      • Adjust printer and scanner settings.
      • Limit CD-burning and DVD-burning.
      • Hide profanities in the dictionary and other sources.
      • Prevent the Dock from being modified, and instead show your child a simplified, easy-to-use view of the Mac desktop.

Manage Parental Controls From Another Mac

After you set restrictions for a child on one Mac, you can manage parental controls from a different Mac that’s on the same network. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Select Parental Controls.
  4. Click the lock icon to unlock it.
  5. Enter your administrator name and password (or use Touch ID if your Mac has a Touch Bar).
  6. Select Manage parental controls from another computer.

  1. Go to the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Select Parental Controls.
  4. Click the lock icon to unlock it.
  5. Enter your administrator name and password (or use Touch ID if your Mac has a Touch Bar).
  6. Select the Mac your child uses.
  7. Enter the administrator name and password for the Mac your child uses.
  8. Select the user to be managed (your child).

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