Girls can be geeks, too. After 20 years of roaming around various Macs, I can get down and dirty and nitty gritty at times. Terminal.app? Been there. Done that. Now, for what it’s worth, I’m not a coder or hacker, but I’m not afraid of Apple’s beta software, and I get plenty of free meals and drinks helping out family members, friends, and co-workers to keep their Macs running in personal pristine mode (my PPM).
What many Mac users ask, and I hear it more from switchers to the Mac from Windows, is “What apps should I use to maintain and protect my Mac?” There are many, of course, and a bunch of anti-malware and anti-virus utilities, but the Mac is not the repository for malware that Windows is so I respond with a simple, “Don’t worry about it.”
If you’re a bit paranoid about security, worry about trackers, and want a utility that helps you clean out various cruft that collects when using macOS Sierra, here are three that I recommend and all are free.
They’re called Onyx, Maintenance, and Deeper from Titanium Software. What’s not to like?
What you get with Onyx is a lengthy list of options to open various hidden features and do some housecleaning with a few clicks, every one of which is mostly self explanatory, but explained.
OnyX is a multifunction utility for macOS which you can use to verify the startup disk and the structure of its system files, to run miscellaneous tasks of cleaning and system maintenance, to configure some hidden parameters of many of Apple’s applications, and more.
If you’re in need of a bit more functionality and worry about the cruft that collects on your Mac, there’s Maintenance.
Maintenance works instantly to clean out system cache files, user cache files, and rebuild some important services.
Maintenance is a system maintenance and cleaning utility for macOS which you can use to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance: run periodic scripts, rebuild the databases, delete application, font, and System caches, and more.
Maintenance is my favorite but there is more in the trio, including the popular Deeper which unleashes a bunch of hidden functions that work perfectly on your Mac but for some reason Apple decided you didn’t need a toggle switch.
Maintenance is the toggle switch.
Think of Deeper as your Mac’s built-in customizer because end up with more functions and features you didn’t know exist. Apple knows.
Deeper is a personalization utility for macOS which you can use to enable and disable the hidden functions of the Finder, Dock, Safari, iTunes, login window, and many of Apple’s applications, and more.
Not bad for free, right?
There isn’t anything wrong with using all three but there is some overlap here and there. These are the utilities I use which make friends, family, and co-workers think I’m more of a geeky girl than I really app. But I can spell t-e-r-m-i-n-a-l.