Mac computers run on macOS, which was designed by Apple using advanced tech that works in harmony to monitor, encrypt, update—and most importantly, keep your Mac computer safe. You got to admire Apple’s efforts of keeping Mac computers safe, with the recent unveiling of MacOS Mojave, which was released as a free upgrade for Mac PCs. With this upgrade, protecting your Mac has never been easier.
Let’s take a look at three tips that will help keep your Mac secure if adopted:
1. Use a VPN
With the increased levels of cybercrime, data on devices has been targeted and used the most in orchestrating such attacks. Whenever you are connecting your devices to the web, it is important that you equip your device with a VPN, whether free or paid. Mac devices usually are synced, and whenever data falls in the wrong hands, it could mean so much harm for a user.
Getting a paid or free VPN for Mac devices will give you more than privacy as you can also enjoy other benefits that come with VPNs. However, let’s focus on the protection aspect of VPNs. These are great, especially for anonymity whenever you are surfing the internet. This way, you are protected from hackers who are always lurking online. VPNs also help you keep off potentially dangerous pages and thus protecting your devices from malware and other harmful files.
2. Always Use the Recommended Settings
Safeguarding the security of your Mac goes down to the smallest of details, including checking the security and privacy settings. With all the privacy and security settings enabled, hackers and intruders will always find it hard to breach your Mac’s security and tamper or steal your data. Let us take you through the most important settings that you are supposed to pay attention to on your Mac:
Turn on Your Mac’s Firewall
Your Mac’s firewall is the first line of defense against any attacks or hacks. Keeping the firewall enabled is vital to blocking any incoming network connection that is unwanted. Most users assume that the firewall is always enabled by default, but this might not be the case. Ensure that you check, and if not enabled, do it as it greatly helps your Mac stay secure.
Set a Password
Before any user can log into any of the profiles on your Mac, ensure that they are authorized. How do you do this? By setting a password, and not just a password, but a strong one—one that is not too obvious. Setting a strong password secures your Mac from the physical intrusion of malicious users who may end up stealing or corrupting your files. Whenever your Mac goes to sleep, anyone trying to get resume should be prompted to enter a password to ensure that only you or any authorized users access your Mac.
Download Apps from the Mac App Store Only
Apple has all the apps reviewed before they are accepted into the store. Whenever there is a problem with any app, Apple removes it from the store for security reasons. Ensure that you block app downloads from any other untrusted sources. With apps from untrusted sources comes malware that is intended to corrupt your data or steal it. Downloading apps from the Mac app store keeps your Mac secure as all the apps in the store are sandboxed to keep your Mac and data safe from harmful actions.
Turn FileVault On
By turning on the FileVault on your Mac, all the files in your user account are encrypted. Your user account password is required so that you can decrypt these files. Alternatively, you can enter a recovery password generated upon encrypting the files. Most users find typing in a password each time you want to access your files a nuisance. However, if genuinely concerned about keeping your Mac secure, ensure that you switch on your FileVault.
Checking your privacy settings may go a long way in securing your Mac. Most importantly, check the location services which allow you to control the apps that will have access to your location data. You can choose the apps you wish to grant this privilege or switch off the location services completely.
3. Update Software Frequently
Apple helps keep your Mac safe by providing frequent software update. By running the latest software on your Mac, you can rest assured that its security is water-tight. Whenever there are new updates available, MacOS sends users a notification from which you can download and install the updates. With MacOS, there is a daily check for new updates, making it easy for you to keep your Mac safe.
Keeping your Mac safe involves a couple of measures, including using a VPN for your online sessions. VPNs are particularly important for fending off hackers and keeping your Mac off malicious websites. Keeping your Mac secure may also involve other actions such as setting passwords to keep off any intruders.