With nearly all aspects of our lives becoming more and more digitized, protecting our personal computers and mobile devices have turned from a remote necessity to an essential need. Having a powerful anti-malware solution installed, and keeping it as up-to-date as possible, is usually enough to stop the vast majority of potential threats. However, there are some additional measures that users can take to further secure their Mac systems.
- Update Regularly
Although major updates to the OS sometimes may cause unwanted bugs and glitches, you should still consider installing them as soon as possible. Even smaller updates should be downloaded and installed without much delay, as they almost always carry various security fixes that address weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Having to wait a couple of minutes for the installation, and maybe being forced to restart the computer, is a small price to pay if it means being protected against a serious malware threat that could otherwise wreak havoc on your Mac.
- Pay Attention When Installing Applications
It may be tedious but you should always check the details of the applications you are installing, both on your Mac, as well as any mobile device. Take the time to research the specific program and, if possible, avoid downloading it from suspicious third-party platforms or websites. Also, always check the installation settings of the current application (such as what is listed under the 'Advanced or 'Cutoms' sections) to avoid any unwanted surprises that might be hiding there. After all, this is the most popular technique used by PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) to spread themselves.
- Consider Disabling automatic login
While not that important while you are at home, having automatic login turned on could become a huge liability if you plan to take your MacBook outside to places where multiple people could have access to it. In those situations, you might want to turn the automatic login off. Just go to 'Users and Groups' found in 'System Preferences.' Once there, select 'Login Options' and disable automatic login.
- Turn on FileVault
There are several useful security features that come with macOS. The FileVault, in particular, is designed to encrypt any sensitive or private data you store on the drive. The information will be protected with uncrackable XTS-AESW 123 encryption. To start using FileVault, first go to 'System Preferences' and choose 'Security.' All that is left is to click on FileVault, enable it, and follow the on-screen instructions.