Have you checked your Mac settings lately? Unless, like me you have children that are more computer savvy at 6 than I was at 26, you probably aren’t too worried about them. Most of us, know we should be ensuring out Macs are protected (or can protect themselves) but it is always one for the to do list… If you have recently purchased a new Mac or updated to the latest OSX, then really, it is something you need to do NOW. Here are some tips for keeping your precious Mac safe.
Do not let anyone use your admin account- As all of our customers are business users I am sure that you do not let anyone else on your laptops. Who cares if your partner needs to check their email, my daughter is not using my work iPad right now to watch YouTube so that I can get some work done. If however you did need to let someone use your Mac then create another account. The first account you set up on any Mac is the administrator. The administrator can add and delete software… yes, download all sorts of virus ridden rubbish. It will also protect against yourself and others deleting important files.
Set a login screen- Make sure your accounts are all password protected. If someone else goes on to your device, ensure that they cannot access it easily. Especially important for those on the move with laptops and those with sensitive data on their device. To set up a login screen on opening, go to System preferences/ Users and Groups/ Login options
Password= PASSWORD- Come on people… really. Make those passwords MUCH more difficult to crack. How many of those of you reading this are using password- or the name of your child? If like me you cannot remember your own age, best you write them down. Probably best not in a book in the bag with your laptop. Try using one of the helpful password vaults like Keeper or 1Password.
Encrypt that disk- Use FileVault on your Mac- turn that bad boy on and protect all of your sensitive data. It is on there already and only needs to be activated. Simples. Make sure you have a tough password which cannot be cracked (as above) and then no wiley fox can steal your important stuff. If yours is not on, you can do it by going to System Preferences/Security & Privacy/FileVault and turn on the switch to green.
Spotlight search- Did you know that using the spotlight search gives Apple access to your data. If you look in Settings/ Spotlight/ About SpotlightSuggestions and privacy it states that
When you use Spotlight or Look Up, your search queries, the Spotlight Suggestions you select, and related usage data will be sent to Apple…when you make a search query to spotlight or use Look Up the location of your Mac will be sent to Apple.
You can turn Spotlight off by going to System Preferences and choosing Spotlight. You then need to un- tick Allow Spotlight Searches in Spotlight and Look Up.
Check out your Location Privacy settings- Take a look in System Preferences/ Security & Privacy/ Privacy/ Location Services. Here you can see a list of Apps which have access to your location. You can deselect those that you do not want. There is also a handy little arrow to show which apps have requested your location in the last 24 hrs. I actually check mine now and again as sometimes you allow access to Apps when clicking though the motions of setting it up without meaning to.
Lock your Desktop- If you walk away from your PC or Laptop, lock the screen! I previously worked in Banking, due to the nature of the delicate information we were handling it was drummed in to us to ALWAYS lock our screens. I see so many people leaving their screens unlocked, even in public places, it gives me chills! A really easy way to lock your screen is to set a Hot Corner. Go in to System Preferences/ Desktop and Screen Saver/ Screen Saver/ Hot Corners, Choose your corner and choose Put Display to Sleep. That way, when you leave your post, you only need to put your curser to the correct corner to auto lock.
Turn on Find My Mac- Anyone with a Mac and Apple ID has an iCloud account. When you set it up, ensure that you tick Find my Mac. If you are not sure if it has been enabled, go to System Preferences, iCloud, and tick the box. This way you can log on to your iCloud from any PC www.icloud.com and use Find my Mac to search for any lost or stolen device. You could always also access it from any other Apple device that you have and has the same Apple ID.
Continue your journey to a tougher Mac, with our follow up blog Toughen Up Your Mac Pt 2!!!
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