How To Increase Security On Your Mac Quickly And Easily

Uzair Ghani
Posted Aug 5, 2015
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Here’s how you can boost Mac OS X security quickly and easily. This will ensure that your data never falls into the wrong hands even if you leave your Mac unattended or gets lost for some reason.

Mac Security

Security is on the top of the list for almost every user out there. Be it a smartphone, tablet, notebook or desktop, we have tons of digital data stored on our devices, and there’s a high chance at any given time it has the potential to fall into the wrong hands, until or unless we talk proper security measures to prevent such a situation. And if you’re a Mac user, preventing such a scenario is actually a simple case of doing just four things right away, and we’ll walk you through each one in a complete step-by-step process, coupled with screenshots, so the novice of users can follow through without any issue.

Turn On FileVault

1. Open System Preferences. You can do so by clicking the ‘Apple’ logo button in the Mac menu bar, subsequently clicking on ‘System Preferences.’

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2. Click on ‘Security & Privacy’ in the list of given options.

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3. Now at the top, you’ll see four tabs. Click on ‘FileVault.’

4. Click on the lock icon on the bottom left hand corner to make changes. You’ll be required to enter your system password, so enter it when prompted.

5. Now click on ‘Turn On FileVault.’

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FileVault will encrypt your entire drive so that its content are safe and secure. And whenever you boot your Mac, the first thing you’ll be asked for is your system password. If you fail to provide it, then your Mac won’t even boot any further.

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Turn On Firewall

1. Open System Preferences from the Mac menu bar.

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2. Click on ‘Security & Privacy.’

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3. Click on the ‘Firewall’ tab.

4. Now you’re going to click the lock icon on the bottom left corner to allow changes to be made.

5. Now click on the ‘Turn On Firewall’ option. If you want to add exceptions to the firewall, then click on the ‘Firewall Options…’ button.

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Always stay behind a firewall if you take your Mac with you on the road and find yourself connecting to public WiFi networks. You never know where an ill-intentioned individual may launch a man in the middle attack for snooping your data.

Turn On ‘Find My Mac’

1. Go to System Preferences by clicking on the ‘Apple’ logo in the Mac menu bar.

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2. Click on ‘iCloud.’ This might take some time to load so don’t fret.

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3. Scroll down in the list of presented options and click to enable ‘Find My Mac’ if it isn’t already.

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If someone ever steals your Mac, then you can remotely lock it down or wipe it clean. That’s the power of Find My Mac. And you can remotely check the location of your Mac by going to icloud.com or by using the Find my iPhone app from your iPhone or iPad.

Install The Latest System Updates

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This is a no-brainer and something which should be on the top of everyone’s minds. You can install the latest OS X updates by going to the Mac App Store and then clicking on the ‘Updates’ tab.

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New OS X releases are always accompanied by a ton of bug fixes and performance enhancements and are recommended for all users to install to stay ahead of the security game no matter what.

Obviously, there are a lot of other measures users need to take to enhance security on a Mac, such as using a VPN for instance, but the above four are the bare minimum which everyone should follow no matter what.

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