Your Mac’s Health: Here’s What You Need To Know
MacBook has earned goodwill from consumers for years because of its superior security compared to other laptops on the market. But this goodwill may be waning, as cyber-attacks have threatened MacBooks as well as Apple’s desktop computers. What’s more, leading technologists predict that this will be a rough year for Macs where cyber-attacks are concerned. Mac users are advised to prepare themselves. Here’s what you need to know.
It’s not safer to use Apple anymore
Apple’s operating system is becoming more and more susceptible to malicious attacks. Microsoft, on the other hand, has a strong hold on its security. Due to the increased vulnerability of Apple’s devices, any kind of signed software can easily get through Mac’s default application screener.
There are some key measures a Mac user can take to bolster Mac’s default security system to deal with the increase in dangerous malware.
Third Party Software
Even when Mac’s default security features are dialed up to their most rigid setting, harmful programs can affect the system. Antivirus software can be helpful in dealing with these attacks. One trusted antivirus software package is Bitdefender, which offers a fast scan, real-time protection, and minimal drag on system performance. Other antivirus projects are Kaspersky, Avira, Sophos, Avast, and Norton.
Similarly, third party developers are designing security tools that secure Macs. Firewall systems filter malicious files and utility packages inspect installer packages. Security tools and antivirus software enhances the existing security features of Mac’s OS.
Mac’s OS comes with a host of browser preferences and settings to maximize security. Malicious attacks usually come in two ways: direct access to the Mac or access over a network. Navigate to the security and privacy panel from System Preferences. Through that panel, the user can control aspects of security like permissions, preferences, and passwords. There is also a FileVault. Also, the user can create a firmware password and guest account. The firmware password prevents direct booting of the system and the guest account connects automatically with the Find My Mac Feature.
Make sure to frequently check the health of your Mac devices. Take care to shut popups properly. Follow the steps outlined here, and your Mac should be safe and secure!
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Kevin Jones, Ph.D., is a research associate and a Cyber Security Author with experience in Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments, Monitoring solutions, Surveillance and Offensive technologies etc. Currently, he is a freelance writer on latest security news and other happenings. He has authored numerous articles and exploits which can be found on popular sites like hackercombat.com and others.