Better Mac invulnerability with 5 interesting steps for Apple users
Security for Macs has been a big topic of debate among Apple users for many years. Thanks to Apple brand promise not the reality. Surprisingly, Apple doesn’t enjoy a good reputation for transparency on security updates. It leaves many Apple users uninformed of the security updates. Moreover, Apple users have no idea when Apple will end support for older OS X versions. The release of OS X 10.9, better known as Mavericks, and the OS X 10.9.1 raise security support concerns over OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6).
Interestingly, to make Mac users to upgrade to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, technology giant Apple is giving away the upgrade for free that hardly a few people know. Although Mavericks was released in October 2013, yet all Apple devices are not upgraded and a large number of Mac users are still going ahead with older OS X versions. With the rising number of cybercrime, Apple Mac users need technical support and advice from Apple in order to make their Apple products safe from possible security threats. For better Mac security, following are the five interesting steps for Apple users that can be used to make Apple devices more invulnerable. These include:
- Get in touch with security updates: To keep your Mac up to date with security fixes, you can use Software Update in the Apple menu or can go to Apple Menu|System Preferences|App Store to check for security updates manually and automatically, respectively. OS X malware is not highly prevalent but cybercriminals are certainly trying to exploit Mac users. There are some cases of digitally signed Mac malware and phony package delivery messages, having malware, designed to target Mac users. That is why updated security fixes matter the most. Unmatched support for Mac virus
- Turn off java in your browser: You need to do it as Java is cybercriminals’ favorite target. Java is disabled on Mavericks by default, so turn it off. Users of a pre-Mavericks version of OS X also need to turn off their web browsers. An attack on vulnerability in Java infected 600,000 Macs in 2012 with the Flashback malware. That is why it is needed to turn off the browser.
- Remember security updates for non-Apple software: The users of Oracle Java and Adobe Flash need to do so as they have their own security patches for the application purpose. Both of them, sometimes, issue emergency fixes titled ‘out-of-band updates.’
- Use Mac FileVault for full-disk encryption: The full disk encryption (FDE) is a great way to save your files from being fallen into the wrong hands. No one can access any data without the encryption key. All Apple documents, configuration settings, temporary files, downloads, and applications get encrypted with the FDE. If your Mac is lost, a full-disk encryption with Mac FileVault will make things happen. Simply, turn on FileVault with the help of System Preferences|Security & Privacy|FileVault. Then, you will get a recovery key for the password. Write and store the code in a safe place. Support for Mac
- Go for a Mac antivirus: The installation of a good Mac anti-virus program will prevent malware from being loaded, even if you are tracked by hackers.
These 5 suggestions are likely to make your Mac invulnerable to all sorts of imminent security threats.
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