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March 26, 2019

Quick Tips to Secure Your Mac Devices or Macbook

There are some settings that you can tweak to quickly secure your macOS. The very first thing that you must do is to regularly update your macOS. The company often releases security updates and patches to make your mac as secure as possible. One of the important things is to update your software. There are some critical updates related to the system security that you just need to install. Most of the people do not bother to check for the latest updates. Set the update preferences to weekly updates. Moreover, you can select to automatically install the new critical updates.

You can do this by going to System Preferences > Software Update and see if the automatic update is checked or not. If it does not then check the box so the updates install automatically.

Use a VPN

There are certain best VPN service providers for Mac that can secure your Mac devices. But we will not recommend using a free VPN service. VPN is the best way to secure the data you send over the internet. Actually, it makes a private network over a public network. There are many places like café, airport etc. where you can find free internet. The data you send over these public networks are not secure. There is a possibility that someone is seeing what you are sending. It is not secure especially when you are logging into your company’s network. VPN encrypts all the data you send over the public network. There are some free VPN too but for security, we will not recommend you to use them. Moreover, you can use the VPN to open a website that is restricted in the area you are in.

Two Accounts Instead of One

You must use two accounts instead of using the main administrator account. The password of the administrator account should be strong. To make another account:

System Preferences > Users & Groups and make a simple user account for regular use.

It will look strange to you but it is one of the best ways to improve the security of your system. Use the administrator account when you need to modify the software. Otherwise, you can use the second account for day to day use. The other non-privileged account has some default limitations such as you cannot install software or change critical settings of the system.

Use Only identified developers apps

Another thing you need considering is to allow the apps that are only from the identified developers. There are many great apps that you like on the app store. “Identified developers” means that the app is created by a trusted developer that follows all the regulations of the Apple (News - Alert). Well, it is not a fool-proof security measure, any developer can create an account and sign the app. But if Apple knows of any malware activity in the app, it can revoke the certificate. If you want to install the apps that are approved by Apple? You can do this by checking the “App Store” only option.

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