Overall, Macbooks are quite reliable as far as cybersecurity goes. You are less likely to deal with potential malware and viruses on a Mac instead of another computer. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you can simply neglect potential threats and not worry about the Macbook’s security. No, even if Macs are reliable, you should still have a proper cybersecurity strategy. If you are uncertain where to begin, here are some valuable suggestions to help you.
Install Reliable Antivirus Software
Finding reliable antivirus software should not be that difficult. In fact, one could argue that your default antivirus does plenty of good, and there is no need to replace it. Nevertheless, you should still seek to upgrade. Ask your tech-savvy friends for some recommendations. Or, as an alternative, look at online reviews and find good antivirus yourself.
The important thing is to have antivirus software running in the background all the time. This way, it can eliminate threats after detecting them right away. Keep in mind that a proper cybersecurity strategy should revolve around reliable antivirus software.
Enable the Firewall
Enabling the firewall will also introduce an extra layer of security. It should be disabled by default, so check the security settings on the Macbook.
The firewall will prevent potentially dangerous requests that may be coming from threatening sources. And even if it takes some of the system resources, having the firewall enabled is worth it in the long run.
Use Virtual Private Networks
Virtual private networks cost only a few dollars per month. For such a price, you can improve your Macbook security, access geo-restricted content, and benefit from online anonymity.
A VPN is like a tunnel that changes your original location but still allows you to access content on the internet.
For the most part, your internet connection at home should be fine. It is public networks you may use that pose potential problems.
Public Wi-Fi at cafes, hotels, or libraries is not secure, even if you need a password to access it. The network lacks security protocols, and joining it without taking security measures will expose your computer.
VPNs hide your tracks even if you use the public internet. In case somebody is waiting for an opportunity to jump at you and expose personal information or do other harm, they will have a much harder time if you use a virtual private network.
Avoid Oversharing on Social Media
It is easy to spend too much time on social media. Addiction to platforms like Facebook and Instagram are quite common, particularly among younger people. Ideally, you should limit your time on social media in general. However, if you struggle with that already, the least you can do is to act smart about what you share. Avoid personal details that could potentially expose you.
Change Your Passwords Regularly
Be smarter about the passwords you use. Instead of the same password for every online account, create separate combinations. Imagine what would happen if someone finds out your password on some random forum. If you use the same password for your social media and emails, they could access those accounts.
In addition, you should also stick to more complicated password combinations instead of a random word and a few numbers at the end. Take advantage of password generators online if you struggle with creativity.
Back up Computer Data
Backing up computer data is not a direct way to fight against malware and other threats, but you should do it regardless. It is difficult to predict when something might happen to the Macbook. It could be a hardware problem, not something related to viruses. And if the said problem wipes your data, restoring lost files could be something out of your reach.
Use a Time Machine and an external hard drive or another storage device. Create backups and sync the files regularly so that the information is up to date.
Prioritize System Updates
Some Mac users are reluctant to update the OS right away because it takes too long to download and install a new version.
However, this reluctance puts the computer at risk. Missing operating system updates means missing potential security patches. There could be a new virus or malware threatening the macOS, and the OS developers have released a hotfix to prevent the threat.
Secure Internet Browser
The internet is full of potential threats. You should secure your browser as much as you can. For starters, install an ad blocker extension so that you do not click on ads accidentally. A random advertisement could redirect you to a landing page that is crawling with malware.
Besides ad blockers, you should also keep the browser up to date. Also, avoid suspicious links even if you receive them from someone you know and trust. There is no need to take a risk by clicking on a shady URL.
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