Privacy and Security Tips for OS X
For us, as computer users, data safety is one of the biggest – if not the biggest concern. Here we will share some security tips for Mac owners in hope they help you protect your data and be safe while browsing the Internet.
Let us start with basics of Mac security
You most probably know them, but it does not hurt to remind that it is better to disable automatic login, use strong passwords and allow running apps only from trusted developers. Software updates often contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, so it is recommended to download and install them regularly. It is also advised to not make your primary account an admin account; this helps protect the core system better. Make sure to check Privacy Settings under System Preferences.
Find My Mac
Find My Mac can help you locate your Mac on a map, have it play a sound, lock it remotely or even erase all your personal data. Setting it up requires minimal time and effort, and it might prove crucial if your Mac goes missing.
Browse in a safe mode
Make sure to choose the right search engine. A good one – if switched to the right mode – does not track your activities and does not share this information with others.
Get a good connection
Using an encrypted VPN protects Macs and iOS devices when they are connected to the Internet.
The contents of an encrypted file are scrambled in such a way that no one can read it unless they have the decryption key. So even if someone gets access to your sensitive data, they won’t be able to read it. You can encrypt pretty much all kinds of data across all your devices, including data stored online.
Cloud storage encryption is a much-discussed issue these days and it is not free of controversies. For example, good old Dropbox keeps all your data safe and secure as long as it is on their servers. However this server provider also keeps the decryption key, which they can use under certain circumstances. If you are not very comfortable with it, look around for other options for your data protection. Cloud service providers can offer encrypting only your sensitive data or all the data you upload online. Also, third party apps you use for accessing your data online can strengthen your data security. Eltima Software informs that the encryption feature has already added to their CloudMounter. This app helps you mount cloud storage as drive on your Mac, so you can easily manage the data stored there. Mountable cloud storage includes Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon S3 and Dropbox. Unlike native clients of these services, CloudMounter does not force you to keep your data both in a local and cloud folders. Also, apart from allowing you to map cloud storage as network drive the app helps you connect to remote servers via FTP/ SFTP/ FTPS and WebDAV – it thus can serve as a single point of access to all your online data. The encryption feature certainly adds value to the app.
Well, these are our privacy tips for Mac owners – hope you find them useful.
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