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4 Mac Security Tips All Users Should Know


 Although Apple has marketed its systems as more secure than others, Mac computers can still be at risk. As our lives become more and more digital, the risk of experiencing data theft and other security issues continues to increase. This should alert users to take the proper steps to ensure their Mac security is top-notch.

Here are four things you can do now to help prevent security breaches later:

1. Enable the OS X Firewall

This firewall filters your network on a per-port basis, allowing you to control what programs can accept incoming connections. Most firewalls have this capability, but the OS X is much more flexible, as it's able to work on a per-service basis as well. It's a good idea to turn this on while you are connected to public Wi-Fi, but you can also enable it at home for additional security purposes.

2. Enable FileVault

Make sure FileVault is enabled; it is the encryption sequence in OS X that secures all files on your drive that may contain private data. This is a helpful tool that can provide extra security to prevent unauthorized access to your computer. Although using FileVault is a personal decision, it is a wise idea for Mac owners (particularly those using portable laptops) to use it in case their computer is misplaced or stolen.

3. Utilize the Password Management Feature

Chances are you use several online services on a regular basis, and you probably have different login information for each of those sites. These passwords may become difficult to remember. However, OS X offers a built-in password management system called the keychain. This feature encrypts and stores your passwords by default, allowing for quick and easy access to your sites of choice for you, but much more difficult to crack access for would-be hackers.

4. Lock Your Computer When Unattended

It's important to secure your computer when you're not around. You can do so by opening the general tab of your Mac's security and privacy system preferences and enabling the require password option. This way, if someone were to try to use your computer without your permission, they would be forced to enter your password.

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