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Mac OS X came to light for the first time in 2002 and since then its security feature has been prominent. It has earned a reputation and convinced its users in believing their machine is almost invincible and more secure than Windows.
With time things have changed and OS X has gradually become malware(s) favorite target. Last year alone saw threats that infiltrated the impenetrable security system. There is no concept as 100% security without certain precautionary measures. Don’t overlook anything and stay protected by following a few simple steps.
Upgrade your Mac OS to High Sierra
If you haven’t updated your Mac OS, it’s time to update it to latest High Sierra. (Take backup of your data before updating the OS).
Released in September it has all the latest security updates, including a much-advanced version of Safari web browser, which prevents advertisers from tracking your online activity. It also, automatically updates regular security to firmware. It’s recommended to keep the system updated and install all the latest Apple releases.
How to update?
A notification is sent when a new update is released. In case you miss it, you can download it manually. Firstly, check the version running on your Mac. To do so, click the Apple icon at the upper left-hand corner and select “About this Mac” to see the OS version.
If you’re running the older version, open the App Store, search for High Sierra, download it and install it.
Verify security controls
Now that you are running High Sierra, let’s get accustomed with its security options. For this, go to the Apple menu, open system preferences and select Security & Privacy. Click on lock icon and enter your system password to make changes.
You will see a list of options using which you can enhance your system’s security. The first option helps you choose from where you want to download the apps. The safest choice is App Store, as only the Apple verified apps will be installed on your machine. If you find it too obstructive, choose to download apps from “identified developers.” If you will try to install an app from external source you will receive a warning message. Make sure to read all the notification messages when you add a new program.
Next, select the Firewall Tab, if it is not enabled you need to toggle on to block unauthorized connections. This is the best way to secure your Mac when using public Wi-Fi networks.
Finally, setup FileVault if not running. FileVault encrypts the information on the hard disk and helps to prevents unauthorized access of your data by adding an extra layer of security in case your computer is stolen or lost.
Once enabled, you will need to enter your password each time your Mac starts. For the first time, it will take time to encrypt your data, so be patient.
Set a system password
Malware or cyberattacks are not the only source from where the threat can come. It can come from anywhere, if your Machine is stolen or someone prying on your system when you’re not there. Your first line of defense is to set a system password, it just takes a minute to set the password. Don’t look past this simple security measure.
How to set password?
To set a password, head to Security & Privacy settings. Now, from the General section, you can set a password and choose how long it takes after your computer goes into screen-saver or sleep mode before your Mac requires it again. Give your Mac a strong password and makes sure to make it a combination of alphanumeric with allowed special characters.
We’re living in an age where we never know when we can be a victim. A few simple steps can help us stay protected and improve security of our Mac. They can make the difference between smooth sailing or a nightmare. We hope this helps you keep your Mac safe and secure.