Your Macbook, it’s powerful, it’s gorgeous, and everyone wants it. That includes the hackers and thieves too. Now, for many out there, their Macbook is their life –With all their files, images, videos and everything else that one will guard with their life, it’s all inside that shiny piece of equipment. Hence, it becomes all the way more necessary to know how to protect it; and not just conventionally safeguard it, but making your device an impenetrable one. To make your life easy, here’s a quick guide to the best Mac security settings ever which will help you protect your device.
MacBook OS X security and yes you need to enable it
The OSX house a string of security features which are made available to the user by default. However, there are still some features which in spite of being there on your system aren’t enabled. Here’s what you need to so:
- Turn on Your Mac’s Built-in Firewall
OS X has a built-in firewall that works to keep away a large number of hackers, and it’s relatively easy to setup. Once it is enabled, the firewall blocks all malicious connections that are inbound and simultaneously works to regulate all outbound traffic. It also asks for permission before anyone attempts to connect to an outbound connection. As a user, you can pick and choose to allow or deny permission on a permanent or temporary basis. Besides, it is also important that you invest in a good Antivirus to help keep your device safe. Say Mcafee for instance which is seemingly one of the best antiviruses recommended for Macbook users, beside a few others.
(Click on the Security icon present under Preferences to gain access to all security features.)
- Disabling the Automatic Login & Setting a System Password
Many users find it inconvenient to key in their password every time they turn on their laptop. Although it’s relatable and makes straight sense, such a practice may land up your device easily in the hands of a hacker or for a thief when it gets stolen. So, to stem the rot, it’s all the way recommended that you disable the Automatic Login and come up with a strong password to enter, thus putting an added layer of security for your Macbook.
- Enabling the FileVault Encryption
When your Macbook gets stolen, the thieves usually plug out the hard drive and connect it to another computer which reads the drive in a similar way, like that of a USB drive plugged in. So, it doesn’t matter if you have set a password on the account, as built-in security within the OS has been bypassed. OS X has a built-in option to enable File Vault Encryption which encrypts as well as decrypts any files that are linked to your profile, keeping it secured by a password that’s known only to you. Sounds complex? Don’t be alarmed. All this happens at the backdrop without anyone knowing anything ablaut it. The point being, your data stays protected as long as the password in for the Vault is bypassed; no matter the thieves connect it to another PC. To up the encryption game a bit, you might as well try TrueCrypt which is an open-source tool that encrypts the entire hard disk.
Lowjacking your device for easy recovery
Besides having an antivirus for iphone, we pretty much know about apps like Find My iPhone that allows a user to track his device easily, when lost or stolen. However, many aren’t aware that there exists a similar thing for Macbooks as well and not just iPhones. Absolute Software released LoJack app for Macbooks or just about any laptop that offers high-end data security coupled with after theft recovery services. What LoJack does is to integrate the BIOS firmware which gives the impression that wiping the hard drive clean would make the device untraceable. However, on a reverse note when the device is connected online anytime, LoJack reveals the location of the device without notifying the thief using it. Now, this might or might not get your Macbook back in one piece, but there’s no denying that LoJack improves the odds to a great level. As a matter of fact, the official website of the company claims to recover around 90 such laptops on an average each week.
Never ignore scheduled updates
Hackers are quite an invariable lot. They tend to find a weak spot within an app, and they move on to exploit it to the fullest. As a countermeasure, the developer of the application releases a patch in order to fix it, which users install as a part of a scheduled update. But wait. There are still many of us who choose to ignore. Now, that might not be a good idea at all. OS X checks for updates on a regular note, and it’s recommended that you keep it in order to ensure that such vulnerabilities within Software don’t turn out to be an entry point for hackers to play havoc with your system.
Back to basics
This might occur to you as total crap advice, but for the sake of Macbook, hear it out. MacBook, apart from its internal security settings, has still a lot to consider from the outside. The idea is to make it difficult for someone to steal your laptop, and it only makes more sense if you pump up security on the outside as much as on the inside. Here’s where something like the Kensington Lock comes into the picture. It’s that one thing that has been into use for over decades and has coined a trustworthy badge for itself. For starters, it’s a security device that is meant for physically connecting one’s device with the help of a cable loop (steel) to some piece of furniture or other sturdy objects which are stationery. Now, every single Macbook comes with an inbuilt slot known as the K slot. Newer versions should have the K lock to the right of the slot for the headphone jack. Sure, the lock can be picked, but it takes a while to actually do so, which might buy you some time to get back to your sitting position and save the day.