5 Simple Actions To Adopt To Protect Your Mac


Is your Mac a treasure trove of information, precious photos and videos, work documents, and financial records? You are not alone! The reputation of Apple Macs as highly reliable precedes them, so users don’t think twice before storing a wealth of information.

However, times are changing, and hackers are implementing sophisticated techniques to exploit the tiniest window of vulnerability in Mac computers. Therefore, it is prudent to take proper steps to protect your digital haven. Although Mac computers come with built-in security tools, implementing the following proactive steps will ensure your Mac’s defenses are beefed up and your data is safe. Keep scrolling to learn 5 simple actions that will fortify your system’s security.

Action 1: Update!

Software updates are your shield against vulnerabilities. Updates are not just about performance enhancements and bug fixes; they usually contain crucial security patches that address newly discovered vulnerabilities. As mentioned before, hackers and cybercriminals are constantly attempting to exploit vulnerabilities to gain access to your system. You can thwart their attempts by updating your macOS software and updating the essential applications installed on your Mac.

To ensure your Mac is updated automatically, go to System Settings > Software Update > tick the box next to Automatically keep your Mac up to date. Then, your Mac will receive the latest security patches as soon as they are available.

To update the apps, go to the App Store and check for available updates. Contact the developer if you have installed third-party apps outside of the App Store.

Action 2: Protect Your Mac Against Viruses

No matter how careful you are, you may accidentally click on a suspicious-looking link or download an attachment from an unknown sender. Sometimes, you may unknowingly give a malicious software admin control. Before you realize what you have done, it might be too late.

To prevent such a nightmare, consider installing antivirus software that offers robust virus protection for Macs. CleanMyMac, Sophos Home, and Intego Mac Internet Security X9 are top antivirus solutions for Mac. When choosing the right option for your system, consider your risk profile and preferences.

Please note that installing antivirus software doesn’t mean you become lax. The software must be used with other security measures mentioned in this guide.

Action 3: Use Gatekeeper To Build A Wall

Gatekeeper is an in-built security feature that guards Macs against unwanted guests. It is a gatekeeper for applications as it restricts their installation if they are from sources other than the App Store. You must configure Gatekeeper for optimal security.

Go to System Settings > click Security & Privacy > click on the General tab > under the Allow apps downloaded from, you will see three options: App Store/App Store and identified developers/Anywhere > choose the option that aligns with your needs. However, for security purposes, you should choose the App Store option or the App Store and identified developers option.

Action 4: Build A Strong Password Fortress

Strong passwords are considered the first line of defense. They are the gatekeepers of online accounts. So, you must not make the mistake of having a weak password.

Please note that Apple is trying to do away with passwords altogether, but till the time it exists, you must ensure your password isn’t so weak that hackers can breach it without a fight.

You can craft strong passwords by avoiding using guessable words. So, no more using your birth date, school name or sweetheart’s name as your password. Uniqueness is key here and the goal is to keep everyone guessing. Create a password that is at least 12 characters long and consists of random numbers, letters and characters.

You must also keep changing your passwords every 3 months.

If you find this a task, use password managers. Password managers make it easy to manage multiple passwords for multiple online accounts.

Action 5: Enable 2FA

2FA or two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts. By enabling 2FA, you are compelling your online accounts to require a second verification step in addition to your password. This second verification step is usually a one-time code sent to your phone or email.

Some apps and online services have provisions for multi factor authentication. You can use MFA if your online accounts consist of sensitive information you cannot afford to get leaked.

Beyond The Basics: Cultivate A Culture Of Security

While taking those 5 actions is a great first step to fortifying your Mac against hackers and other malicious actors, these are some additional tips to keep in mind:

     Always be careful when using public Wi-Fi. These networks are notorious for data breaches and identity theft. You must not access sensitive information like online banking or bank accounts when connected to public Wi-Fi networks. If you are compelled to use public Wi-Fi, use a VPN.

     Malware attacks can result in data loss. So, be sure to back up your data regularly.

     You must stay informed of the latest cybersecurity threats and know the best practices to stay safe.

So, take control of your Mac’s security!