Mac users often wonder how to enable the Root User account in the system. Hence this guide is mentioning the methods and steps to enable the Root User account in Mac systems. You need to go deep into your Mac to enable this account, but before proceeding with the method, you should know the reason for enabling the account.

Mac has some files which cannot be accessed through a user account. The Root User account allows you to access these files and move them without setting any complexities. The file deletion, recovery and scanning becomes easier in the account. But, the modification or changes in these files can cause severe damage or harm to the Mac system. So you must acknowledge the necessity to enable the Root User account and access the files.

Here is how to enable Root User and access the parts of Mac

Create the Root User Account

To create the Root User account, you will require to refer the System Preferences of your Mac.

  1. Click the Apple logo and a drop-down menu list will open.
  2. Now, click System Preferences from the menu.
  3. Select the Users & Groups.
  4. Move to the bottom left of the window and click the lock icon.
  5. Enter the Admin username and password.
  6. Click the Login Options and click to Join tab.
  7. Click the Open Directory Utility tab.
  8. Again, click the lock icon from the left bottom of the corner.
  9. Enter the password and go to Directory Utility.
  10. Click Edit from the toolbar and select Enable Root User option.
  11. Type a password. Ensure that the password should not match with the admin account and you can remember it.
  12. When you are done with providing the password, click Ok.
  13. You just created the Root User account.

The Terminal is an alternative method to create a Root User account.

Press Command + N key combination to open Finder window in your Mac.

  1. Click Application and move to click Utility option.
  2. Now click to launch Terminal.
  3. Type the command – dsenableroot and press the Return or Enter key.
  4. The admin username will display.
  5. Now, enter the admin password.
  6. Press Return key.
  7. You may require to enter the password again and press Enter.
  8. The Terminal will pop up the Root User message.

Log into Root User account

It is not complicated to log into the Root User account on the Mac system. The login is similar to other accounts.

  1. Log out of the current account from your Mac.
  2. Now, the Mac login screen will appear.
  3. Click the Other option.
  4. Now enter the login credentials which you recently created for your Root User account.
  5. The account will look like a regular user account, but the difference is that the account is allowing to access every file in the system.

If you do not require the Root User, then you can disable the account.

  1. Click the Apple logo and open the drop-down menu.
  2. Click System Preferences and move to Users & Groups option.
  3. Click the lock icon and proceed to enter the admin password.
  4. Click the Login Options and select Join tab.
  5. Go to the Open Directory Utility and click the Edit tab.
  6. Now select Disable, the Root User.

Remember, you must access the Root User account only when it is necessary or else the modification in the files may change the settings of the system. The Root can make the system vulnerable and easy prey to malware, hence it is a piece of advice to log out of the account and return to the regular account on your Mac system.

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How to Play Podcasts on Alexa – Office.com/setup

With the feature of performing so many tasks such as making a call, playing music, controlling smart home devices, setting alarms, telling weather and news and much more, your smart personal assistant can also play podcasts for you.

If you are also a fan of the latest and greatest podcasts, then your personal assistant Alexa can be a fabulous way to keep up with your favorite podcast series. Alexa pulls podcasts directly from TuneIn, which gives you a decent selection of tiles to listen and subscribe to.

Playing podcast on Amazon Echo and Echo Dot is easy. If you want to listen to the latest episode, just ask Alexa to play the podcast you want to listen. With built-in TuneIn service, Alexa can play most podcasts.

Here’s the procedure to play a podcast or an episode with Alexa

How to Open and manage Podcast

  1.    Open ‘Alexa app’.
  2.    Tap on ‘Menu’ button. The three horizontal lines at the upper left corner.
  3.    Tap on ‘Music, Video, & Books.’ The first option under your Amazon account.
  4.    Scroll and Tap on ‘TuneIn’ under the music heading.
  5.    Hit ‘Podcasts.’

To play a podcast in your Alexa device

  1.    Say ‘Alexa’ to wake up ‘Alexa.’ Now, she will begin listening for your next command.

Alexa is the default wake-up word, if you have changed it to another word, like ‘Echo,’ ‘Amazon’ or some other, then Use your selected wake-up word to activate your Echo device.

  1.    Ask ‘Alexa’ to play a Podcast.

For example,

‘Alexa play Radiolab,’ or what you want to listen, Alexa will immediately begin playing the latest episodes.

  1.    Alexa uses default ‘TuneIn.com’ so, if TuneIn doesn’t have your asked podcast, then Alexa isn’t able to play.

Read More >> How to Add Parental Controls to Amazon Echo

To use the Alexa app to find podcasts and choose episodes

  1.    Open the ‘Alexa app’ in your iPhone or Android device.
  2.    Tap on ‘Menu’ button. The three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner.
  3.    Tap on ‘Music, Video, & Books.’ The first option under your Amazon account.
  4.    Scroll and Tap on ‘TuneIn’ under the music heading.
  5.    Search for the Podcast in the search box, you want.
  6.    Tap on the podcast.
  7.    Select an episode.

Your selected episode will start playing on your Alexa device.

To play a previous episode

  1.    Say ‘Alexa (Wakeup word) play the previous episode.’ Alexa will start playing the last episode.
  2.    Use this command as many times you want to go back to further episodes.

To control playback with voice commands

  1.    Say ‘Alexa pause’ to pause the podcast.
  2.    Say ‘Alexa Volume 5’ to adjust the volume to 5 (out of 10), respectively.
  3.    Remember, if you ask Alexa to perform an additional task that is not a playback command during playing podcast, this may lead to losing your place in the podcast.

You can also use Alexa’s standard playback controls to play, pause, change volume, fast-forward, and rewind. It is better to use standard controls.

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How do I update my personal information in Norton?

You can change your personal details of Norton account like billing information, email and password update, auto-renewal subscription etc. Follow the below-given steps to update personal information:

Norton account

  1. Billing details

    1. Log in your Norton account that you might have created while downloading the antivirus via norton.com/setup to update your credit card details
    2. Go to the billing information, fill the information which one you want
    3. Hit “Save”

Note: Once you save “update successful” message is displayed on your screen and you will also get the confirmation email on your registered email id

  1. Manage renewal (turn on or turn off)

    1. Log in your Norton account to update Norton automatic renewal
    2. Go to the subscriptions page, next to your purchased product, take your cursor to turn it on or off
    3. Follow the given instructions

Note: You need to fill the Norton billing details in case you want to make any changes in Norton Automatic Renewal Service

  1. Change Email

    1. Log in your Norton account to update your email address
    2. Go to the Personal Information page, in Email and Password hit the edit button
    3. Go to Change Email Address window
    4. Fill your Norton Account Password and fill your new email address
    5. Hit ‘Submit’ button

Note: Once you save “update successful” message is displayed on your screen and you will also get the confirmation email on your registered email id

  1. Change Password

    1. Log in your Norton account to update your password
    2. Go to the Personal Information page in Email and Password hit the edit button
    3. Go to change Change Your Password window
    4. Fill your current password and new password
    5. Hit “Submit” button

For more information on how to change your personal details using this link https://my.norton.com/home/setup, call the customer care number. They will resolve all your doubts in the best possible way.

How to Update Google Chrome – Norton.com/setup

A lot of things can be done with the help of Google Chrome. It has totally dwarfed the competing internet browsers such as Safari, Microsoft Edge and Firefox. Its popularity is rising because of its ease of use. For the most part, updates are on auto-pilot, and you don’t need to take much pain regarding the updates.

Chrome’s Update Schedule

Google released a publicly available calendar with probable open dates for upcoming versions of Chrome. These updates are automatic, and when they are available, Chrome will apply them next time you open browser window. As there are so many users, it may take from a few days to a full week to get the latest version for everyone. It is also possible to manually trigger an update if you want to ensure that you are on the latest version. Google’s Chrome web browser was probably the first web browser to provide automatic updates. This was a revolutionary transformation.

Prior to this feature, it used to be the user’s responsibility to update their web browser. So basically, only vigilant and diligent users used to update their web browsers. It is vital to have a secure and full web experience for auto-updating. Although in most cases, Chrome will check for the updates and automatically update itself.

What to do if Chrome is not Auto Updating?

If you are told that Chrome is running out of date, then you need to wait a few hours, and Chrome will auto update itself. If this is also not happening, then it is possible that:

  • Your System’s firewall is disabling Chrome from checking if there are updates.
  • May be your employer has blocked Chrome from auto-updating.
  • May be you or someone else has configured your Chrome to not Auto Update.

How to Update Chrome?

The process is the same for Windows as it is for MacOS.

  1. Just Hit the “Chrome” menu- This will enable a menu with a lot of options. One of them will be with the name, “About Google Chrome.”
  2. Enter About Google Chrome- You will get to the About page for Chrome.
  3. Chrome will check for updates automatically- Chrome will tell you Updating Google Chrome while it checks for the new version.
  4. When Chrome finds updates, It will download it automatically- Hit Relaunch to install them.
  5. When Chrome relaunches, you will be running the latest version.
  6. Chrome now will tell you that Google Chrome is up to date.

Chrome will keep itself up to date automatically in normal circumstances.

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