WEB & TECH / JAN. 14, 2015
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How to Keep Your Mac Secure

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Mac remains one of the most secure personal computers there ever has been and as a Mac owner, you already know this.  However, destruction of your files and theft of your personal information is still possible. Without proper protection, these threats can befall your Mac and lead to grave harm. The threats keep expanding as hackers continuously find ingenious ways of infiltrating computers. To avoid falling victim to these hackers, you need to lock your Mac to protect your privacy and the privacy of hardware and digital information. There are measures ways that you can employ to ensure that your Mac is secure:

Prioritize Your Physical Security

Physical security is not primarily an internet issue. The odds of physical harm to your Mac are higher than harm occurring over the internet.  Take appropriate measures in regard to your situation. Use proper surge protectors, encrypt important files and use physical lock-down cables to lock your computer. Ensure you keep and consistently update both remote and local backups.

Disable that Java

Mac has had a number of Trojans, malware and virus attacks, which have often been a product of Java operating in the web browser environment. Flashback Trojan has infected an estimated 700,000 Macs all of which were using outdated versions of Java browser add-on. Mac software updates are manual where Apple itself rolls out updates such as Java in a process that takes a number of months. The simplest way, to circumnavigate this challenge, is to disable Java in your Safari browser. The feature for deactivating Java is available in the preference menu under the security section. You may also choose to stop using Safari browser.

Create Strong Passwords

Using strong passwords is not an option, and the importance of such strong passwords can never be stressed enough. Creatively conjure and use passwords with at least eight characters comprising of both letters and numbers, and make sure to include symbols and a capital letter or letters to increase the strength. Avoid using the same password for different applications and services. Using the same password on multiple accounts makes hacker attacks more severe since once hackers get access to a single account, they have access to others such as online bank accounts, social media accounts and email accounts. So don’t give hackers an easy time, modify your passwords now.

Invest in Antivirus Software

Consider investing in a strong antivirus software since it can protect your Mac against dozens of malware, Trojans, and computer viruses. You may downplay antivirus software and choose to rely on the secure Mac platform thinking the authors of malware will not target Mac, but this is risky especially if you visit multiple websites or share files through email. Your Mac is relatively secure, but certainly not invulnerable. 

 See also: How to Use a VPN to Stay Secure

Enhance your Mac’s powerful security by adopting safe practices. Always install security updates from Apple. Apple consistently creates software updates to handle emerging challenges. Consistently install these the updates. Open files from known sources only. Trojans frequently masquerade as photos of popular personalities such as politicians, and once you open them, they spring into action and become destructive. Be vigilant to avoid falling victim to such files.  It is wise to switch off automatic logins and always lock your screen when you walk away.

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