The Top 5 Things You Should Do First When You Get a New Mac

The top five things you should do first when you get a new Mac.  Here is what I cover in this video for newer users (or those who recently upgraded to a new Mac from a very old Mac):

1 – Check your Settings for natural scrolling Try and stick with natural scrolling, but if you can’t adjust, here’s how to switch it back to the “old” way.

2 – Set up hot corners in your system preferences Everyone should be using this time saver! Here’s how to set it up.

3 – Download and install 1Password or a comparable password manager app Download at

4 – Choose a VPN service if you were mobile I use VPN Unlimited and have for a couple of years now. There are plenty of good options out there for VPN.

5 – Choose a backup method and use it. Start with Time Machine and an external hard drive (

Then use an online backup service…  I use Backblaze and love it (SIGN UP HERE: Also consider:

Woah Hey. 1Password 4 for Mac is Out!


Somehow I missed this from yesterday, but 1Password 4 for the Mac is available!  I use 1Password for my iPhone, iPad, and both the MacBooks we have at our house. It is MUST HAVE software.

If you aren’t using any password manager for your online activity, you probably have resorted to the use of 1 of the following three methods:

  1. You write (with a physical pen or pencil) your passwords down on a piece of paper or notebook that you keep track of.
  2. You keep them all in a note file on your Mac.  Perhaps you’ve made use of the Sticky Notes on your Mac Dashboard, or maybe the Notes app that syncs via iCloud.
  3. You only have two or three passwords that you remember and you use one of them them on every site.  Thankfully you have a memory like an elephant, so you’ll always have the password on the tip of your tongue when needed.

Sure, those methods are convenient, but you are just asking to get hacked.  The team at AgileBits Software put it best:

“Secure” and “convenient” never worked together in a sentence until we built 1Password.

Once I’ve had a chance to look over 1Password, I’ll post a full review, but I can let their web site sell you on it.  Go to AgileBits and check it out!

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