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What Are Some Ways to Improve Macbook's Security?

 

Macbook users are satisfied with their computer's cybersecurity, but given how many different threats there are, sticking to default settings might not be the most optimal choice.

One misstep could lead to a drop in Mac's performance or personal data exposure. So instead of taking a risk, why not take as many precautions as you can and give yourself peace of mind?

You will find the list of ways to protect your Mac's system against potential malware and viruses below. Build a strategy around these ways and stick to it.

Way #1 - Use Reliable Antivirus

It is no secret that your cybersecurity strategy should revolve around reliable antivirus software. Given how many available options there are, picking one for yourself can be too difficult.

If you do not trust online reviews, ask your friends for recommendations, especially if you know someone tech-savvy.

In general, paying for software brings better results, but there are free antiviruses that do a solid job, meaning that your budget is not an issue.

Make sure that the antivirus is running in the background all the time. This way, it can detect and eliminate potential threats before something happens to your Macbook's system.

Way #2 - Create Difficult Passwords

 

People with knowledge use tools to crack passwords. And if a password is made of a random word and a few numbers or other symbols, hackers will have even fewer problems getting their hands on a password.

Be smarter with how you use your passwords. Create combinations that are difficult to crack. There are online tools that can generate a strong password for you. If you find it hard to memorize, write the password on a piece of paper or store it on your smartphone.

Way #3 - Browse Through VPN

Virtual private networks are a life-saver for those who want to access geo-restricted websites. But a VPN does more. You have the means to hide your IP and remain anonymous online. Others cannot track your footsteps online and use the information to take advantage of you.

It is also recommended to use a virtual private network when you join public Wi-Fi. Public internet access is a good place for hackers to place a trap and attack unsuspecting people. If you are about to join Wi-Fi at a hotel, cafe, or library, doing so via VPN is a much safer option.

Way #4 - Enable Firewall

The Macbook's Firewall is disabled by default. Check the Firewall settings in the Security and Privacy tab. Turning it on will mean that you have an additional layer of safety. The Firewall will block incoming connections, though there is an option to give access to specific applications.

Way #5 - Install Ad Blocker

 

An ad blocker on a browser can be one of the best extensions that you have ever installed. If you are fed up with all the pop-ups and other types of advertisements online, do not hesitate to get an ad blocker for your browser.

There is a chance that you might accidentally click on an ad that redirects you to a malware-infested landing page. And some of these websites can affect your Macbook in a way that even a good anti-malware tool will not be able to save the computer.

Way #6 - Keep OS up to Date

System updates tend to focus on new features and performance improvements. However, it is worth noting that malware developers are one step ahead of the OS developers. The latter has to react and release hotfixes to prevent problems from escalating.

Therefore, installing new operating system updates should be a priority. Even if downloading and installing an update takes time, it is better to wait than expose your system to cybersecurity threats.

Way #7 - Avoid Questionable Links

 

There are times when you are looking for a PDF file or a song, but all the legal sources do not have them. The natural reaction is to expand your search and look at places that are not the most reliable, especially when it comes to safety.

If a URL seems even slightly suspicious, you would be better off ignoring it. And the same can be said about files that you receive from others. Even if it is a person you know, it makes no sense to open a file you know nothing about.

Way #8 - Disable Auto-Login Feature

The auto-login feature is perfectly fine if you keep your Macbook at home. However, if there is a chance that someone might steal it or that you leave the computer in a public area, then the auto-login is not the best option.

Other people will have easier access to your computer documents if they do not need to enter a password. It might be slightly annoying to enter a password every time you boot the computer, but this inconvenience is worth it for the sake of safety.

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Published Friday, November 27, 2020 6:51 AM by David Marshall
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