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How to setup parental controls in OS X

Any parent should be concerned with how to put Parental Controls on their Mac device. Whether on a shared desktop computer or the child’s own laptop, setting up Parental Controls is always a pressing need. Luckily for you, Apple has made it quite easy to set up Parental Controls and apply them to specific accounts easily. To learn how, just follow the simple guide below:

1. Click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences
Step 1 of Mac Parental Controls
2. Select Parental Controls
Step 2 of Mac Parental Controls
3. Click on the lock to make changes
Step 3 of Mac Parental Controls
4. Enter your administrator password
5. Select the account, to which you would like to add parental controls
Steps 4 & 5 of Mac Parental Controls
6. Navigate between the tabs (Apps, Web, People, Time Limits & Other) located at the top to change parental control specifics
7. Apps Tab

You can change three settings in the Apps Tab. First, if your child is very young you may want to chose to use the simple finder, this will make the computer desktop easier to use but for most children this is not needed. Second you can limit applications, one of the core features to parental controls. Simply check the limit applications box and select which applications you want to prevent your child from using. Lastly you can prevent the dock from being modified (recommended).

Steps 6 & 7 of Mac Parental Controls
8. Web Tab

This is the most visited tab by parents. You have three options but the most popular are to either limit adult sites only or to allow access to websites you specify. Additionally you can click the logs button and view a history of the websites visited by the user.

Step 8 of Mac Parental Controls
9. People Tab

With the People Tab you are allowed to set limits for games, email and messaging through iChat.

Step 9 of Mac Parental Controls
10. Time Limits Tab

This is an important tab that is underutilized by parents. The Time Limits Tab allows parents to select specific times a user is allowed to gain access to the computer. If you don’t want to be so selective, simply put limits on how many hours daily you would want your child to be on the computer. The tab has both weekday and weekend settings. It’s a great way to limit usage and push your children to be more active and social.

Step 10 of Mac Parental Controls
11. Other  Tab

Anything that didn’t fit into the other tabs got thrown into the Other Tab. Here you can control access to the built-in camera, dictation, dictionary, printer administration (recommended), password changes (recommended) and finally cd/dvd burning.

Step 11 of Mac Parental Controls

Setting up Parental Controls is easy and can be completed in a just a few minutes. Most parents spend most of their time adjusting limits in both the Web and People Tabs, adjusting website access and blocking the ability to chat with strangers. Apple has some additional parental control resources in their knowledge base.

Tip: When you’re finished don’t forget to click the lock to prevent further changes.

Tip: Clicking the logs button at the bottom of each tab will give you access to the user’s websites visited, websites blocked but attempted to access, applications used and chat messages.

Top 5 features of OS X Mavericks

Anyone who pays attention to the tech world knows that Apple is huge. The company claims that Mac growth is up 100% in the last five years, as compared to just 18% for the rest of the PC industry. Because of Mac’s ever-increasing popularity, they’re looking to distinguish themselves from Windows-based computers even further.

With the new OS X Mavericks, they are doing just that. The new operating system boasts a number of amazing features that are sure to please Mac users, including power-saving technology and easier ways to search.  OS X Mavericks also takes a significant leap with regard to offering features common to mobile computing devices like their iPhone and iPad while still retaining a uniquely “desktop” computing experience.

Here are five of the best features of the new operating system:

  • Better navigation through folders. When you have an organizational system with your documents, a lot of files are in folders three and four times off the root, and when you want to move them around, you’re juggling between levels. A great feature of the new OS is that it makes folder navigation easier. Mavericks folders are styled after web browsers and support tabs, so users can simply open a New Finder tab and start navigating elsewhere without getting completely lost.
  • Better organization of documents. Organization is imperative when you start collecting files. Work documents, personal business items, recipes, you name it, can all get mixed together. What’s worse, when you try to find a file you might not always recall what you named it. Thankfully, OS X Mavericks comes with a new file tagging system. Very similar to popular apps like Evernote, it’ll let you organize and search through all your documents with tagged keywords, making finding files a lot simpler.
  • Better Internet browsing. With the new OS, the Safari browser provides smoother performance and a cleaner interface. It’ll utilize a new sidebar that lets you browse rom your bookmarks on the left side of the screen and a new feature called Shared links lets you quickly see what your Twitter and Facebook friends are sharing. Safari also offers 3.8 times more performance on JSBench JavaScript benchmark, uses less memory and energy than Chrome and Firefox and if you’re on a MacBook, can potentially save you battery life.
  • Better password storage and security.  With so many websites, services and programs that require login information, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to remember all your passwords. With OS X Mavericks, iCloud can help you with that. You can choose to have Safari remember your passwords or even suggest and remember complex ones for you, and the information will sync across all your iCloud-enabled devices. As a result, if you change a password on your iMac, you don’t have to worry about re-entering it on your MacBook, iPad or e. iPhone. Once it’s changed, it’s changed everywhere. This feature works similarly to services like 1Password or LastPass; the iCloud keychain can even store credit card information (except, for your safety, not security codes, making online shopping faster and easier. You’ll just need to remember one secure pass phrase and then you can log in anywhere.
  • Better system notifications. The new OS now features interactive system notifications. This is awesome because it means you can reply to incoming messages or emails and accept or decline FaceTime calls directly from the Notifications alert window. It can also deliver push alerts, whether they’re from eBay or a live sports scores feed you’re following. And just like the iPhone and iPad, the lock screen will show you what notifications you missed since you last logged on.

With changes like these plus all the other features offered, OS X Mavericks will prove to be incredibly useful for both the average consumer and the computer super-user. The new operating system is due out soon and is truly something to get excited about.