Mac Tips–Red Lights and Green Lights

1.  Apple updated its Safari browser to 13.0.1 this week.  I have never been a huge fan of Safari — but its really growing on me as of late because improvements in browser safety.  If you are attached to Firefox or Chrome, this may be less of a priority, but if you use Safari — checking for the update is a must.   If you are still running Mac OS 10.13 please go to the App Store and check for Updates.   If you have Mac OS 10.14 (with a really new Mac), you will want to go to the Apple Menu (top left), System Preferences and Software Update.   If you are not seeing any updates, then you have the latest version of Safari.   Recent enhancements to Safari include

-Forcing browser extensions to be installed from the Mac App Store only.   If you do not see the “stop sign” Ad Block Plus — please install it for Safari from the Mac App Store

-Starting with version 13.0.1 – you will be required to approve each website that wants to download something to your Mac.   If you weren’t planning on downloading something and you get this pop – up — don’t approve it.

2. Mac OS 10.15 is coming out next month.  It is known as “Catalina”.  And while I usually recommend installing new OS’es (sometimes with my help) for eligible Macs within the first 3 months — you may actually want to hold off if you are using older Mac applications that cannot be updated.  OS 10.15 will no longer support older 32-bit Mac apps.    Following the few quick steps in this article will show you how to check for 32-bit apps on your Mac.    If you depend on any of these apps, you should not update to the next Mac OS until you have found updates for them or replacements.   Feel free to get back to me on any 32-bit apps that you have concerns about.  I’ll let you know if you should delete it, update it, or put the brakes on Mac OS 10.15.  Follow the steps here 

https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/08/13/how-to-check-which-mac-apps-are-32-bit-and-wont-work-in-macos-catalina