15 Mac Settings To Make Your Mac More Secure

Here are some settings you may want to check out if you are concerned about security on your Mac. Not all of these are necessary, but you may want to consider them.

Comments: 14 Responses to “15 Mac Settings To Make Your Mac More Secure”

    john120165
    3 weeks ago

    Another great video Gary. I opted to turn on file vault and the firmware password after viewing the content. Keep up the great work.

    LorneS
    3 weeks ago

    To help prevent account changes if Mac is stolen and thief gets password, go to Settings, Content&Privacy, and set a pin to restrict changes to Allow Passcode Changes and Allow Account Changes. Do this on iOS too.

    Jeff
    3 weeks ago

    ANOTHER terribly-useful video from Gary. Thank you, Gary.

    lana
    3 weeks ago

    This was so direct and easy to follow. I am in my eighties, but your videos help me stay up to date. Thank You

    Luc Prévost
    3 weeks ago

    Did you get a new mic? Your voice is richer! Great work like always.

    3 weeks ago

    Luc: Same Mic for the last 2 years. Same audio processing for the last 4 months or so to?

    Daniel
    3 weeks ago

    Good stuff, Gary. It may be worth pointing out that setting a firmware password is only needed (and possible) on Macs with Intel processors. Apparently, Apple silicon computers are automatically protected if you turn on FileVault.
    D.

    Justine
    3 weeks ago

    Hi Gary,

    I tried to encrypt my Time Machine hard disk but can;t figure out how to get to the settings. I may have gotten rid of the back ups incorrectly. I moved all the back ups to the trash and erased that way but when I go to try to setup a new encrypted hd Time Machine just saves the file as though it's the same as it ever was plus I don't get the settings option for encryption. What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks in advance (hope this is enough info for you!)

    3 weeks ago

    Justine: You do it when you create your Time Machine backup. It is an option at that point. If you have removed everything from the drive, just reformat it in Disk Utility and start fresh. Then note the option to encrypt when you set it as your Time Machine backup.

    Justine
    3 weeks ago

    Disk utility for the win!

    Sheldon
    3 weeks ago

    Thanks bunches

    Nan
    3 weeks ago

    Many thanks, as there were a couple of things here I did not know about.

    Jonathan
    3 weeks ago

    Is there any downside (e.g. performance, authentications, required additional actions or mouse clicks etc, issues issues with websites ) to engaging FileVault on a desktop Mac?

    3 weeks ago

    Jonathan: No on a modern Mac, no.

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