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How To Secure My MacBook Pro

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

MacBook Pro is an immensely popular line of laptops from Apple. Introduced in 2006, the latest version of the device includes several top end features that makes it well worth the price. This article will focus on the security aspects and provide secure MacBook Pro tips to suggest several methods to make the device more secure.

1) Keep Your System up-to-date

Apple releases new updates to OS X from time to time so you should make it a point to update your system regularly. In addition, you also need to update the softwares that you have installed on your system so as not to become a victim of known security flaws. Unfortunately, Apple does not allow you to update tools like Adobe Reader, Flash and Java manually (updates to these programs come as a part of OS X) so it is best to turn off features and softwares that are prone to security attacks.

2) Use a Non-admin Account for Daily Work

Viruses and malwares can wreck havoc on your MacBook if they get admin access to your system so it is best to use a non-admin account for your day-to-day work. You should use your admin account only for system administration work and create a second account with Standard privileges for all other activities.

3) Use a Reliable Security Program

While Mac is still one of the most secure operating systems available for desktops, it is not totally immune from security attacks. So it is worthwhile to install a reliable anti-virus and malware protection program on your system. Also, remember to enable the firewall that comes bundled with OS X.

4) Set a System Password

To prevent criminals from accessing your data, it is advisable to set a system wide password. Try to use a strong password that cannot be breached by simple guesswork or dictionary based attacks. You can also use the Keychain password manager available within OS X to manage your passwords. Also, you should disable automatic login since it defeats the very purpose of using a password.

5) Encrypt Your Data

Mac OS X includes a built-in encryption feature (known as Filevault) that can protect your data even if your MacBook gets stolen. Make sure to use a strong password for Filevault as well so that your data remains out of reach of thieves and hackers.

6) Physical Security

If you travel a lot then you must use Kensington lock to physically secure your MacBook Pro to an immovable object. Also, remember to enable/subscribe to applications like Find My Mac, Undercover, Prey and LoJack to recover your lost laptop in case it gets stolen. These applications make it possible to pinpoint the location of your MacBook Pro as soon as the thief connects it to the internet and some of them even work after your data has been wiped from the system.

7) Disable Bluetooth and AirPort

It is possible for hackers to gain control of your MacBook Pro through Bluetooth and AirPort so it makes sense to disable these features when they are not needed. In addition, it is advisable to disable IPv6 connectivity since very few networks offer support for it.

June 3, 2014

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