Im­prove your Mac’s se­cu­rity

Mac Format - - 2016 -

Dis­able SIP

El Cap­i­tan’s Sys­tem In­tegrity Pro­tec­tion fea­ture locks down your Mac’s Sys­tem folder for bet­ter pro­tec­tion. If there’s a time when you need to tem­po­rar­ily dis­able it, restart your Mac with ç+r held down, then choose Util­i­ties > Ter­mi­nal. Type

csru­til dis­able and press ® , then restart. When you’re done tweak­ing, re­turn here and type

csru­til en­able to switch SIP on.

Avoid dan­ger­ous web­sites

How safe is the web­site you’re about to visit? Don’t take any chances: in­stall a free browser add-on called WOT (Web of Trust) from my­, which pro­vides traf­fic-light se­cu­rity and pri­vacy rat­ings for sites, and will pop up warn­ings should you at­tempt to ac­cess sites known which are known to be dan­ger­ous.

Two-step ver­i­fi­ca­tion

Ap­ple is rolling out two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion, which ba­si­cally means you’ll need to en­ter a ver­i­fi­ca­tion code the first time you use your Ap­ple ID and pass­word on an un­recog­nised de­vice.

If you want to tighten se­cu­rity on your ac­count fur­ther, look to en­able two-step ver­i­fi­ca­tion too, which will re­quire you to en­ter a four-digit ver­i­fi­ca­tion code sent to a trusted de­vice each time you sign into key ser­vices or make pur­chases from a new de­vice. Browse to http://ap­ to set it up.

Keychain safety

If you’re us­ing Keychain to store your user­names and pass­words, be aware it is vul­ner­a­ble to at­tack, as was dis­cov­ered by re­searchers in 2015. Make sure you haven’t been com­pro­mised by in­stalling and run­ning Mal­ware­bytes Anti-Mal­ware from mal­ware­, which also de­tects and re­moves adware and other mal­ware too.

En­crypt your Mac

Wor­ried about sen­si­tive files you’ve stored on your MacBook? Make sure you en­crypt its stor­age to keep your data off-lim­its in case the MacBook is lost or stolen: open Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, click the Se­cu­rity & Pri­vacy icon and then click the FileVault tab. Click ‘Turn on FileVault’ and fol­low the prompts to keep your files safe.

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