Running Software Update

Running Software Update

How To Run A Manual Software Update

To Run A Software Update

Click on the apple menu, and select Software update.

Software Update will launch and check for available updates

Understanding The Software Update Information Panel

1. Click on checkbox of items that you want to update

2. Unclick items that you don’t want to update or for software that you don’t have or use.

3. Click on the update

4. You can read the description about what the update includes.

5. Once you’ve decided what you want to update, click on Install items


How to turn on Leopard’s firewall

How to turn on Leopard’s firewall

Although there are very few known viruses for the mac it is still very important to keep your mac secure. The easiest way of doing this is to turn on the built in firewall that comes with your mac.

Open System Preferences

To get to your firewall, go to System Preferences

This is the Preferences Panel in Leopard

The firewall can be found in System Preferences – Security

Click On Firewall Tab

Unlock Permissions To Make Changes

1. If the center panel is greyed out, checked to see if the lock is locked.

2. If it is, click to unlock.

Click To Unlock & Enter Admin Details

1. Click on lock and when pop up box appears

2. Enter administrator’s name and

3. Password

Firewall Options

There are 3 options in the firewall. You can read a full explaination about all options here

I recommend option 3.

Option 1 will not give you any protection as it will allow any and all connections into your computer and that’s what you’re trying to stop.

Set Access for Specific Service & Applications

Click on Plus Sign

Find or Service And to Firewall

1. Navigate to applications folder,

2. Choose application that you wish to add to firewall.

3. Click Add

Option to Allow or Block Incoming Connection

My application is now added to the firewall along with the my other applications . There is a drop down menu option here within the firewall. This controls how the application connects to the internet.

Allow incomning connections – means that the application will connect without asking permission

Block incoming connections – means that the application must ask permission each time before connecting to the internet.

How to Change Connection Permissions in Firewall

Connection permissions can be changed by clicking on the drop down box next to each application on the firewall.

Options Given If Application Is Blocked to Incoming Connections

If you don’t allow incoming connections to an application this pop up dialog box will appear each time you lauch that applicaiton. You control all connections for that program or service.

Your options are;

Allow option will give that application permission to connect online once. BEST OPTION FOR MOST APPLICATIONS.

Deny option will deny that application access to the internet or online connection.

Always Allow will change the firewall’s permission to – Allow Incoming Connections

Firewall Advanced Features

For extra protection – click on the advanced tab.

Here you can turn on Firewall Logging & Enable Stealth Mode. Stealth mode will enhance your security but may cause issues in some circumstances so you can play with this option. It really depends on what programs you have accessing the internet. If you have it enabled and experienced problems turn it off and see if that resolves them.

And that’s all there is to turning on the firewall on your Mac in Leopard.

Sharing Folders Between User Accounts

Sharing Folders Between User Accounts

Need to move folders between users on your machine? Setting up public folders is one way of method. Follow these steps and you should be moving files in no time.

Step 1 – Go to System Preferences – .Mac

The next few steps will have to be repeated for each user account that you want to share. We want to share between 2 user accounts so we’d complete these settings in two accounts.

Step 2 – Setup Sharing Preferences

1. Click on Back to My Mac

2. Click on Open Sharing Preferences

Step 3 – Select File Sharing –

1. If the panel is grayed out, remember to unlock the panel

2. Select File Sharing

3. I’m in my admin account so I’ll choose the admins public folder

4. Set the other user accounts permission to read and write to that folder

Repeat Steps 1-3 on other user accounts

Repeat these steps in the system preference panel of the other user account/accounts that you wish to share with this user.

Where to find your shared folders

Click on the hard drive icon to reveal all the user folders

Users – Public Folders

1. You’ll find your public folders under the users

2. This icon on a folder indicates that it is locked. you’ll notice that the public folder does not have this icon. This is because we unlocked it by setting up file sharing in our system preferences.

3. We are logged into the account of Learn Macs Online but because the admin’s public folder is unlocked all files within that folder can be accessed without having to log out of this user account and back into the admin account.

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