In today’s tech-savvy world, it is almost a basic necessity to own a laptop for work.
Almost every person will agree that when it comes to electronics or technology, it is always smart to go for the option which offers the best features and security.
And obviously, which company understands technology better than Apple, and when it comes to laptops, it is no surprise that MacBooks have taken over the market by a flood.
With the advancing technology obviously come many setbacks as well.
When almost all our personal information, from our residential address to banking details, is stored online, cyber crimes like online data theft, hacking of identity, and even online banking fraud are getting more and more common.
While having for example a secure Antivirus software definitely helps to some extent, it is important to keep in mind situations that involve hackers trying to breach your security.
Today we will share with you 5 tips that will help Apple users protect their MacBook Security against such threats.
Encrypting Your Communication
When surfing the net with your MacBook on insecure networks like public WiFi, cybercriminals can spy on your online traffic via packet sniffing and man in the middle attacks.
This can lead to a loss of privacy in your sensitive data, exposing your details to malicious cyber-criminals.
Use a Mac VPN (Virtual Private Network) to hide your IP Address and encrypt your online traffic so that cyber-criminals cannot see it.
Preferably Use A Browser Which Is Privacy Based
While you are surfing the internet, it is not an uncommon problem to face many security-related threats, and using browsers that are not privacy-oriented can make you even more vulnerable to the hands of cyber-criminals.
This way not only your browsing-related information like your browsing history is in danger, but also other personal information like your bank details, residential address, and phone number is also in danger.
Hence it is important that you not solely rely on Apple’s default browser, Safari, which is not very secure, but rather opt for more secure browsers like Brave, Tor, Opera, which have built-in tools that ensure that your IP Address or browsing is not getting tracked.
Opt For A Secure Blocker for Ads and Tracking Links
Nowadays hackers, cyber-criminals, and many phishing websites use advertisements designed to replicate more popular sites to encourage innocent and unsuspecting masses of people to visit the website and input your personal login details.
And then they steal this information to hack the accounts, or worse, to blackmail the owners with the personal information.
In this case, it is always the smartest option to install a browser extension of Google Chrome or Safari, as they block advertisements from these phishing websites.
You can also opt for ad blockers and tracking link browser extensions that are easy to install but are extremely useful nonetheless.
Install A Password Manager for all your Accounts
It is always smarter to be safe than sorry.
It is important to you take into consideration a scenario that includes your MacBook getting stolen or lost and falling into the hands of some person who is not afraid to take advantage of your situation and threaten you with your private information or hack your accounts.
Whether it is your MacBook login password, social media login details, or even your online banking information, a password manager like Dashlane serves a lot of purposes including securely storing the passwords which are encrypted, creating new passwords that are complex to hack, securely saving your online shopping or banking payment details, and a lot more.
It also warns you in case of a data breach, and you can change all your old passwords into complex new ones with just one click.
Encrypting and Backing up All the Files Saved in your MacBook
Encryption is basically the process of saving your files and securing all your private data behind a password.
In case there is a hacker or a thief trying to break into your personal documents and sensitive information stored in your device, they will first have to pass through this barrier which is not very easy to decrypt.
Apple offers its users a built-in feature of having an encryption tool called the “FileVault“, which is easy to activate and in case you forget the password, you can easily gain access to the files by using your iCloud account and resetting the password.
Having your files and accounts backed up on a regular basis ensures that in case your MacBook gets hacked or stolen, or simply faces some trouble that needs repairing, you will easily be able to restore your important files.
Time Machine is an easy to use feature offered by MacBooks that regularly backs up your data on a different hard drive.
Although setting up your new MacBook seems like a super simple task, when it comes to ensuring your privacy and proper security against all different kinds of malware and hacker tools, things may seem to get a little more complicated.
However, we are sure that making these few small changes that we aforementioned will go a long in ensuring your MacBook’s security against all threats.