You have a new Mac computer. Congratulations! Now what do you do? Here are 3 quick security tips to keep you protected:
User Account Password
When you set up your new MacBook, you should have been prompted to create a password for your account. This is the password you type in when opening your laptop. If you do not have a password set, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Your User Account > Password. If your computer is ever stolen or left unattended, this will keep people from getting in.
The password keeps people from physically accessing your computer. Firevault takes this a step further to encrypt all of your computer files and the main drive. If someone were to access your computer through a wifi connection or another virtual method, this would keep your files encrypted and inaccessible. This feature is something you’ll need to turn on and then let it work overnight as it will encrypt all files on your computer. To turn this on, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FireVault. Then click “Turn on FireVault.” Write down the safety net passcode and keep that in a safe place. If you ever forget your user account password, you can decrypt your computer with that passcode.
Find my Mac
In your iCloud account, make sure the setting is checked for Find my Mac. If your computer is ever stolen, you can sign into your iCloud account and put a trace on your computer. If this is turned on, you can even remotely wipe your hard drive so that the person who has stolen the computer will not be able to break into any of the files. This can be accessed in System Preferences > iCloud. Scroll to the bottom and the last option in your account is Find my Mac. Make sure to check the checkbox for that option.
As a last rule of thumb, any time you are in a location where you can use public wifi, don’t. You are safer to tether from your phone.
Apple also has great backup options within their Time Machine software. In fact, you can purchase one of their Time Capsules, set it up at your home, and then any time you open your laptop within your home, it will automatically backup your computer wirelessly. If your computer is ever stolen or damaged, you can easily set up a new computer with the exact settings of the old computer from this backup. I’ve found that the best backup system is one you don’t have to think about. You can find more details here – https://www.apple.com/airport-time-capsule/