Securing Your Mac

Vol. 1, No. 11

Richard Schenkar is an attorney who writes and speaks on effective information discovery and analysis.

 

  • Learn about websites and free software that can help keep your office Macintosh safe from harm.

 

Apple Macintosh computers have reputations for being virus-free, and that has been a source of pride among Mac users. Unfortunately, a recent study by Sophos (a producer of antivirus software for the Mac) found that one in five Macs that downloaded and installed their free antivirus software (new Version 8 available online here) had Windows malware. Of greater importance is that 2.7 percent of the Macs had malware specifically targeting the Mac OS X operating system.

    The popularity of the Mac and its increasing acceptance in many legal and business applications makes the Mac a bigger and better target for malware purveyors. The Mac has a built-in utility called FileVault that protects the Mac, but only if you turn it on. Click on System Preferences, then Security, then FileVault, set your master password (and do not use “password” as your password), then click to turn on FileVault.

    To secure your privacy even more, consider using these tools. Your concern about search tools keeping track of your search paths online will be minimized if you use StartPage because it does not collect personal data. Consider reviewing and changing the permissions you have given to social media applications concerning your private data by checking MyPermissions. If you use cloud-based computing tools like Dropbox.com, consider using an encryption tool like SecretSync to keep files secure in the cloud. Google has collected all of its privacy tools in one place online.

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