Streamline your calendar, charging, coding skills, and more [Week’s best deals]

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This week's best deals include tools for keeping all your passwords safe, all your devices charged, and lots more.
This week's best deals include tools for keeping all your passwords safe, all your devices charged, and lots more.
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To celebrate the start of a new week, we do what we do every week: gather up some of the best deals on gear, gadgets, and more. This round, we’ve got a comprehensive course in iOS 11 coding, and a ‘Hiffecient’ USB charging hub. We’ve also got a tool for streamlining online form-filling, and an upgrade for your Mac’s calendar. Everything is discounted by more than 40 percent. Read on for more details:

Surf the web safely and anonymously with a VPN [Deals]

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Get online safely and anonymously with this easy to use VPN.
Get online safely and anonymously with this easy to use VPN.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

When you go online, you’re exposed to a bunch of hazards and headaches. Whether identity theft, data snoops, or location restrictions on streaming, one of the best ways around the pitfalls of the web can be sidestepped with a virtual private network, or VPN. Private Internet Access VPN will guard your connection even over public Wi-Fi networks, and it’s been shown to keep its users safe from hoaxers. Right now, you can get a 2 year subscription for less than 60 bucks at Cult of Mac Deals.

Encrypt The Startup Disk On Your Mac With FileVault 2 [OS X Tips]

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Last week I wrote a few tips about disk encryption, but I didn’t write about what to do with the startup disk on your Mac. I cannot think of any reason you shouldn’t encrypt your startup disk after the release of Mac OS X Lion. Apple has made it just to easy for you to encrypt your drive.  It is quick, fast and easy. I’ll show you how today.

Encrypt Your USB Flash Drives, External USB Drives Or SD Cards [OS X Tips]

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Mac OS  X Lion introduced the world to FileVault 2 Apple’s solution to full disk encryption. It is one of my favorite features in Lion, and it is definitely a welcome addition to Mac OS X. Just about anyone can use it to encrypt the startup disk on their Mac, but more importantly, they can use it to encrypt their USB thumb drives and SD cards. Why is that important?

It is important because USB thumb drives and SD cards are small and easily lost. If they are encrypted, you don’t have to worry about whether the content they carry falls into the wrong hands.