Apple computers are being increasingly used both in workplaces and also by individuals. The best placed people to use Macs are executives and employees who are constantly traveling. Also, individuals who are in the creative field, such as design and marketing. This is because Macs are best placed to thwart phishing attacks on the user system and for operating in different networks that are outside your normal networks.
However, this does not mean that you should still not take time to ensure that your Mac is secured. Here are the top 3 ways to secure your office Mac.
Using a VPN for Mac
It is important to have more than one security layer when it comes to your computer. For instance, it is important to have extra protection on top of having an antivirus system in check. Even with an antivirus in place, if you use the internet, it is still possible to track your digital footprints and track you down online. That is why using a VPN for Mac is important.
Using a VPN will prevent you from getting tracked when you are online, since data that passes through a VPN tunnel is encrypted, it will not be possible for other people to see what data you are accessing online. In addition, your physical location will be different, since you will be using the VPN’s IP location and not your real IP address.
Safe Wi-Fi use
One of the ways that the security of your Mac can be compromised is how you use Wi-Fi networks. It is best that you only use your company’s secured networks and avoid using free Wi-Fi networks. Therefore, always make sure that you are connected to the right network. If you are not sure what the right network is ask the IT expert in your organization.
Most hackers set up free public Wi-Fi networks in the hope that you will connect to them, so that they can steal your login credentials and other vital data that you will access when using their network. These might be networks that are named almost similarly to your work network that is why you need to be careful which network you connect to. Avoid connecting to free public Wi-Fi networks.
You can also take the step of deleting or ‘forgetting’ any networks that your Mac might have joined before. This prevents the Mac from auto connecting to these networks anytime you are in range, since they can erroneously join a similarly named network that is not the original one. This can expose your Mac to the risk of someone else hacking into it.
You need to check the basic settings of the Mac to ensure that you are well protected. This can make a great difference in securing your computer. Check the security and private system preferences setting in your Mac. Some of the settings to set up include:
- Require that a password is used to log into the computer. This is so that only authorized users can access the computer.it is also important that a password is required after a sleep session or screensaver is used, so as to force users to authenticate themselves before using the computer again.
- To make it easier for you to find your Mac again in case it is lost or stolen, add a message that is displayed when the screen is locked, to show the contact details that should be used in case the Mac is found. Provide a telephone number or email address.
- Only allow applications from the Mac store to be installed and prohibit installations from unknown sources.