Want to Make Your MacBook a Mobile Fort Knox? 5 Security Tips to Follow
Can you deny the fact that maintaining data privacy and security is immensely crucial for any Mac user? No, right? Yet many of us pay the least attention and do little more than the minimum to ensure that hackers/opportunists and even the authorities can access our data as little as possible. Indeed, MacOS makes data securing very simple, all thanks to the host of tools present in the System Preferences, Safari, and several third-party apps. The threats come from three places: over the internet, through an e-mail, or from someone accessing your Mac directly. Only by taking preventive measures can you minimize the chances of risks. When you talk about security and privacy on Mac, generally, it is recommended to make sure that the macOS software is up-to-date. However, it has been noticed time and again that Apple is caught up in the affairs where it lacked security. For instance, the High Sierra Root bug made it easy for hackers to access all the settings on any Mac by merely logging in as root in System Preferences. Fortunately, since this flaw has been fixed in an update to macOS, this bug doesn’t bother anyone anymore. Therefore, it is very important to update macOS when Apple issues any security update, e.g., in January 2019, Apple released an update to macOS that fixed such vulnerabilities that push your Mac onto the verge of getting hacked. Besides, Mac is a very powerful, shiny device that is even desired by thieves and hackers. Your MacBook embraces your virtual world from memories to confidential documents.
HERE YOU ARE ABOUT TO FIND OUT WHETHER YOUR MACBOOK IS SAFE OR NOT! WITH THESE 5 MACBOOK SECURITY TIPS, YOU CAN RELIABLY MAKE YOUR SYSTEM AN IMPENETRABLE MOBILE DATA FORTRESS.
1) RECOVER YOUR MACBOOK WITH LOJACK AFTER YOU LOSE IT!You must have heard about the “find my iPhone” app, where iPhone users can make use of Apple’s MobileMe service to track down the stolen/lost iPhone through a website. This app uses the leverage of the iPhone’s location awareness capabilities. It is good news for iPhones, but what about Macbook? How to find your lost/stolen Macbook? Is there any app for MacBook too? Yes, there are apps of the sort! With a yearly subscription fee, LoJack software powered by Absolute Software will provide you both data security prior to stealing and recovery services post theft for your MacBook. LoJack incorporates at the BIOS firmware level, which makes it very useful when a thief tries to wipe the hard drive of your stolen/lost Mac device. And, when he tries to reconnect to the internet without having any realization of what he has gotten into, LoJack starts its function—it starts broadcasting the location of your MacBook. While it doesn’t guarantee that you will be getting your beautiful and shiny MacBook back, the odds of your getting your data back are much improved over other cases. If surveys conducted by its website are to be believed, the recovery team averages 90 laptop recoveries every week.
2) ENABLE OS X SECURITY FEATURES ON YOUR MACBOOK (NOT ENABLED BY APPLE)The operating system of Mac, known as OS X, offers some great security features to the user. The main problem here is that when the elements are installed, generally, they are not enabled by default. For better security, these security features should be enabled by the user on their own. Here are the settings that you should consider configuring to make your MacBook more secure:
DISABLE AUTOMATIC LOGIN AND SET A SYSTEM PASSWORD
- Enable OS X’s FileVault Encryption
- Turn on Your Mac’s Built-in Firewall