MacMost: Security

Setting Up Automatic Two-Factor Code In Safari
10/21/21
Safari 15 allows you to save a key and get two-factor codes for Google and many other services. This allows you to not only fill in IDs and passwords for sites, but the two-factor verification code as well. No need to pull out your iPhone or use another app.
4 Ways To Store Secure Notes On a Mac
10/4/21
If you need to securely store information that is not a password, like a safe or padlock code, pin number, or anything else, you have several options that don't involve third-party apps. You can save the information as a fake password, create a secure note in Keychain, create a locked note, or save an encrypted document.
3 Ways To Generate Random Passwords On a Mac
9/3/21

If you need to create a random password outside of Safari or another password manager, you can use a variety of techniques. You can use the Keychain Access app, some Terminal commands, or even make your own Automator action to generate one on demand.

The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 20, Erasing Your Mac
8/19/21

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If you are going to sell, give away, recycle or pass on your Mac to someone else, you want to make sure you sign out of all of your accounts and completely erase the drive on the Mac.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 19, Touch ID
8/18/21

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Touch ID makes it more convenient to log on to your Mac and perform other tasks. By making it easier it encourages more people to use stronger account passwords.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 18, Private Browsing
8/17/21

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While private browser windows are a good privacy feature, they don't protect you from malware, account break-ins, or other security issues.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 17, Find My Mac
8/16/21

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Find My Mac will allow you to locate your Mac if it is lost or stolen, and also to lock it or erase it if you can't get it back.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 16, Uninterruptible Power Supply
8/13/21

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Use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to prevent problems during power outages when using an iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 15, FileVault
8/12/21

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FileVault encrypts your drive in a way that is seamless to you, but would make it impossible for someone else to access the data on your drive without your password.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 14, iCloud Drive
8/11/21

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Using iCloud Drive can make your Mac more secure by providing an easy way to get your files back if your Mac is lost or damaged.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 13, Alternative Backups
8/10/21

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In addition to a Time Machine backup, you may want to consider a second backup that is also Time Machine, or a clone of your drive, or an online backup.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 12, Back Up With Time Machine
8/9/21

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Every computer user should back up their data. Time Machine is the Mac's built-in backup software and can be used by just getting a simple external drive.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 11, Mac User Accounts
8/6/21

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Each individual using a Mac should have their own user account. Keeping separate user accounts is critical for data security.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 10, Three Rules To Protect Your Mac
8/5/21

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To protect your Mac from malware, follow these three simple rules.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 9, Do You Need Anti-Virus Software?
8/4/21

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You don't need third-party anti-virus software on your Mac. In fact, your Mac already comes with anti-malware software as part of macOS.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 8, Handling Account Break-Ins
8/3/21

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If one of your online accounts has been compromised, you need to take action immediately. Those accounts, and all of your others, need to be checked carefully and you will need to contact banks and other services to protect yourself.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 7, VPN
8/2/21

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Using a VPN will protect your data from malicious Wi0Fi networks and ISPs. But thanks to HTTPS, it is mostly unnecessary for typical Mac users.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 6, Social Engineering
7/30/21

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Even if you have a strong password and use two-factor authentication, your Mac and accounts can still be vulnerable to social engineering when you fall victim to simple scams.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 5, Security Questions
7/29/21

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Some sites and services still use security questions. If you are forced to provide answers to these, you should never use real answers.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 4, Two-Factor Authentication
7/28/21

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Use two-factor authentication to make your iCloud account and most other online accounts much more secure than using just a password.