How to Protect Your Mac and Avoid Malware?

Although macOS, as we know, is reliably protected from viruses and Trojans compared to other operating systems, this does not guarantee its complete safety. Hackers can still steal your passwords, gain access to private correspondence and other sensitive data. So if the security of your device and all the information thereon is your top priority, you are likely to find lots of useful tips below.

Avoid untrusted and suspicious websites

According to statistics, 5% of the search engine results can infect your computer with malware. Those may be unsafe websites suspected of phishing or distributing malware. Hopefully, you may enable security settings almost in every browser. For Safari, for example, choose Preferences and proceed to Security. Here you may block various pop-up windows, enable JavaScript and, what is more important, turn on warnings when entering some suspicious source.

Check out your downloads

Mac OS X developers insist on downloading applications and media files only from well-known sources, i.e., App Store or developers’ official websites. In case you suppose you have already downloaded some suspicious file, check if its installation packages are legit. If you cannot clarify if the file in question is infected, do a thorough Internet search to see if other users reported any issues.

Use Mac OS FileVault

To begin with, FileVault is the built-in encryption system that protects all files stored on your hard disk, including OS X system files, apps, caches and all the other temporary files. Many of these files might contain personal or confidential information and therefore require fair protection.

In order to turn on FileVault, perform the following:

  1. Go to the Security and Privacy settings.
  2. Click on the Lock icon so that to make some changes.
  3. Read the warning carefully and choose Turn on FileVault.
  4. When prompted, select user accounts authorized, if required, to unlock your disk (if you want, you can also add your other accounts).
  5. Click on Continue; your device will begin the hard disk encryption procedure. This will take some time depending on the amount of information on your hard drive.

Full encryption of hard drives is extremely important to prevent theft of information from a stolen computer. After unlocking the hard disk, you can read the files, but you will need to log in to the authorized account to be able to access them. This will prevent hackers from gaining access to your personal data, even if they disconnect the drive and connect it to some other machine.

Be careful with sharing applications

Torrents providing pirated movies, apps, software and so on are the hotbeds of possible malware from granting permissions to downloading viruses and Trojans. The same applies to popular social media such as YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat or Twitter that are extremely prone to various malicious hacking. BBC reported that every sixth link from Facebook is associated with malware.

Install Apple updates on time

After Snow Leopard launch, Mac has the built-in anti-virus system known as File Quarantine, which sends alerts and prevents downloading various kinds of malware. Therefore, it is highly recommended to check if Apple security updates are released and install them accordingly.

We hope our tips will help you to keep your device safe and sound. Nevertheless, at the same time, your own attentiveness and caution should be your best friends that will guarantee reliable Mac protection.