Pre­ven­tion, not cure

Mac Format - - TO THE RESCUE -

The eas­i­est, most ob­vi­ous way to pre­vent dis­as­ter is… have we men­tioned back­ing up your data? Do it. Sched­ule it. Now!

Buy tough, strong, ro­bust cases that will pro­vide proper pro­tec­tion for ev­ery­thing you carry around with you. For your Mac, Bren­thaven’s sleeves are made from mil­i­tary-grade ny­lon that won’t tear and will pro­tect your MacBook from bumps and drops. Ot­ter­Box make iPhone and iPad cases that’ll save your de­vice if you knock it off a desk or drop it in the shower (hey, stranger things have hap­pened).

If you have con­tents in­sur­ance, make sure your Mac, iPhone, and iPad are cov­ered while you’re away from home for both theft and ac­ci­den­tal dam­age. If not, con­sider sep­a­rate in­sur­ance. If you have crit­i­cal data on a MacBook that you don’t want a thief to ac­cess, use an app such as Hider to en­crypt it, or en­crypt the whole disk with FileVault.

We’ve al­ready men­tioned Avast!, but Sa­fari it­self will warn you of phish­ing sites. Lit­tle Snitch mon­i­tors out­go­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions so you can see which apps are send­ing data to re­mote servers – if that sort of thing is im­por­tant to you.

If you have a Mac with an in­ter­nal ATA, SATA, or ex­ter­nal SATA hard drive, SMARTRe­porter can mon­i­tor the health of your drive and alert you if it’s about to fail.

To keep pass­words, credit card num­bers and other sen­si­tive data safe while mak­ing it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, use a pass­word man­ager like 1Pass­word. That way you’ll be able to use com­plex pass­words for on­line ac­counts with­out having to write them down.

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