A new MacBook Air means I'm giving my old MacBook to my mom... Please help me clean it out and make sure it's mom-safe!
So I broke down and bought a brand new MacBook Air since I'm starting grad school and my old MacBook was kind of struggling. I'm just getting over the sticker-shock of the Air, and I am going to give my mom the old MacBook, since she'll use it for e-mail, looking things up in The Google, and watching youtubes
that her friends forward her. Really basic stuff, that I'm sure the old 'puter can handle since she won't be running it as hard as I did.
(Full disclosure: we were never a particularly computer-savvy fam, and my dad did get an iMac for the house, but apparently he ruins every computer he touches, and now my mom can't find anything she needs on that computer and I guess he's messed with the settings or something so he can't either. I bought him a "one-to-one" membership when I bought *my* new Air, so hopefully he can use it and this situation can be corrected a little)
My real question, though, is how do I sanitize this computer before I give it to her to make sure *all* my business is off of it before I give it to her? I don't want to wipe it completely, because I'd like to keep the applications on it that I've installed, but I didn't want the usual stuff popping up: my passwords, preferences, etc. I was going to uninstall Safari and Firefox and just reinstall them. Would this eliminate all my passwords, history, bookmarks, add-ons, preferences, etc., etc...?
I've used AppZapper
to get rid of all the applications she won't need (Transmission and the like) but what else should I be doing? Is there a systematic way to go through and clean it out? Is there any place I should be looking in particular that things might get stashed w/o me knowing?
Mostly, I just want to make sure it's as lean and clean as possible before I give it to her (as I mentioned, it was chugging as it is), and I'm not horribly worried about my personal information- I'm not selling it to a stranger, I'm giving it to my mom, after all- but I don't necessarily want my bank statement to pop up so she can see how poor I am, or anything like that. I'm sure you all "get it".
So, a corollary question as well: are there any applications or things I *SHOULD* put on the computer for her before I give it to her? I have Connoisseur
on there. And I've updated Microsoft Office, and as I said: I was going to include Safari and Firefox as browsers. Any other ideas? Any of you have moms that like some particular mac software? (preferably cheap/free, of course!)
Thanks so much in advance! And also in advance, I'll send a thanks from my mom! =)