May 2013 MSS Newsletter
Review MacAtoZ on Yelp
Help us spread the word about MacAtoZ by reviewing us on Yelp! Yelp is a business directory and review website that also works as a social network. Our goal with using this service is to reach out to people in the Salem area who are in need of assistance with their Apple technology. With Yelp, other Apple users are able to read about MacAtoZ, and connect with us quickly and easily.
We value your opinion of MacAtoZ, and we would be thrilled if you would review us on Yelp. If you are already a Yelp member, simply follow the directions below to rate and review us. If you're not a Yelp member, it's free to join the site and review us with these same steps.
How to Enter a Review on Yelp:
In your web browser, go to http://www.yelp.com/biz/mac-atoz-llc-salem
Click on Write a Review
Rate and Review!
Thank you for your support of our business!
MacAtoZ Service Suite Tier 3
We've updated Tier 3 of the MacAtoZ Service Suite recently in an effort to provide greater value. Some defunct items have been removed (iCal calendar hosting—obsolete with Apple's free iCloud; our PayPal payment service—no longer useful since MacAtoZ now accepts all major credit cards; and so forth). MSS Tier 3 is $90 annually (with a one-time $30 setup fee)—just $30 more than Tier 2—and includes all Tier 1 and Tier 2 services.
MSS Tier 3 also includes:
Four extra email addresses
20 GB of online space (18 GB more than Tier 2)
Optional installation of online software
Discounts and early notification
offers secure, unattended, remote access to your Mac(s). While MacHelp Mate offers a "one phone call and three mouse clicks" approach to getting remote support, with AutoHelp Mate you simply call us. AutoHelp Mate monitors the state of your Mac and alerts us when there is a problem, so that we can contact you and get the issue fixed. This sort of proactive problem-solving can keep little situations from exploding into great big ones. (An example would be a hard drive that is failing. Knowing about that issue ASAP is important.) In addition to warnings about disk space, hard drive status, hardware errors, kernel panics, AppleCare warranty expiration, and more, AutoHelp Mate also provides computer hardware asset information and IP change alerts—both useful should your Mac be stolen.
MSS Tier 2 offers two personalized email addresses at your custom domain. MSS Tier gives you four extra email addresses
which you can hand out to family and friends or use as a "spam" address when signing up for things online. (Like Tier 2, additional email addresses beyond these are just $5/yr.)
MSS Tier 3 offers a sizable upgrade in terms of online storage. Where Tier 2 has 2 GB, MSS Tier 3 has 20 GB of online space
—enough to create an enormous web site, photo gallery, or whatever other online environment you'd like.
Speaking of online environments, outside of MSS Tier 2's default installation of WordPress, Tier 3 has an extensive list of optional online software
, including MediaWiki, concrete5, Gallery, Joomla, Moodle, phpbb, PhpGedView, Piwigo, Piwiki, and Pligg. Any and all of these software installations are free. Just say the word, and we'll install them into the domain subfolder of your choice. For more information about these optional installs please see our web site's MSS Tier 3 section under Optional Installs
. Some of them are truly amazing.
Tier 3 members receive exclusive discounts on various Apple-related products and services
, as well as early notification and priority sign-up on training classes
If you're interested in upgrading to Tier 3, please contact us.
Privacy & Security
This issue we're introducing a new regular section: Privacy & Security. We'll start this time with some of our general security suggestions, sort of a summary of many of the things we've talked about here before so that every is up-to-speed.
First, use 1Password
As always, if you require help with any of the above, we remain happy and eager to assist.
Tip o' the Day
If you have several web browsers—say, Safari, FireFox, Camino, Chrome—installed on your Mac, it can be confusing to set a default web browser because Apple hides the preference setting. (A default web browser is which browser will open when you click a URL link on the desktop or from within a non-web browser program.)
To get at the preference, go to Safari > Preferences and under the General tab select the web browser you want to use most often from the "Default web browser" pull-down menu. You'll have to go back to Safari to change it should you wish to do so in the future.
If you need assistance with this or any other Apple-related technology, please call MacAtoZ at 503-507-0410. We'd be thrilled to help.