How to protect your Mac from hackers

Apple Mac is pretty reliable when it comes to security. However, there are exceptions to everything and your laptop has become the target of hackers and malware attacks. With Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws touching every mobile device and computer, you might be wondering what you can do to yourself from hackers.

To help you defend your shiny Mac against hackers, we will walk you through the simple steps to keep your Mac safe. Before trying to do anything, make sure you now have the latest macOS version installed on your computer.

How to protect your Mac from hackers

  1. Use Safari

Safari comes pre-loaded on every Mac, iPhone, and iPad, offering a smooth performance ranging from browsing the web to watching videos. Safari is getting better and better every year, mainly thanks to Apple regularly rolling out new updates.

With a modern version of Safari, you can enable cross-site tracking, a nice feature that prevents companies from tracking your browsing habits across multiple websites. Safari for Mac also features a Password Generator, which helps you create a strong password without the need for a third-party to be installed on your computer. We recommend you use Safari as your default web browsing platform due to its stability and high level of security.

  1. iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain has been around for years, allowing users to create safe and complex passwords. Basically, with iCloud Keychain, you can store account names, credit card details or passwords in a secure manner on your Mac.

iCloud Keychain is not enabled by default on your Mac. However, the method used to set it up is pretty simple. To do this, you can follow our steps below.

Step one: First off, pull down the Apple menu and select System Preferences from the menu

Step two: Click on iCloud and select Keychain

Step three: Now just simply follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

  1. Install apps or programs from trusted sources

There are multiple ways you can get your computer infected. If you suddenly see a pop-up asking if you want to install a program, make sure you download and install it from official website or trusted sources.

Back in May 2017, ransomware attack, known as WannaCry crippled millions of computers worldwide. WannaCry encrypted user data and sent out ransom demands to infected computers.

  1. Turn off suggestions for Spotlight and Look Up

Spotlight Suggestions feature has been available for Mac for years, allowing users to get suggestions from the Internet, iTunes, App Store, and even locations. While this is a great feature, it may create a security issue.

To turn off Spotlight Suggestions, head to Apple Menu and then select System Preferences from the drop-down menu. After that, select Spotlight and then uncheck the box next to Spotlight Suggestions.

  1. Make sure your back up your device

Backing up your Mac is one of the smartest things to do to protect your personal data from hackers. Time Machine serves as a great tool for backing up a Mac, as it is safe and fast.

Step one: Select System Preferences from the drop-down menu and then select the Time Machine icon

Step two: Next up, click Select Backup Disk and then select your disk

Step three: Now simply select Back Up Automatically to complete the task.

Also read: How to recover locked or disabled iPhone

Got any questions? Let us know in the comments below.

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