MacMost: Security

The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 5, Security Questions
7/29/21
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
Use two-factor authentication to make your iCloud account and most other online accounts much more secure than using just a password.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 3, Password Managers
7/27/21
Learn how to use Safari's Password Manager to general strong passwords, store them and use them later.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 2, Passwords
7/26/21
Learn how to use strong passwords to protect your online accounts and your Mac.
The Practical Guide To Mac Security: Part 1, Introduction
7/26/21
An introduction to the 2021 edition of the Mac security course.
How To Password-Protect Documents On a Mac
4/19/21
You can easily create password-protected encrypted documents using apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Microsoft Word. Youc an also create a password-protected PDF file from just about any app. There are good reasons to sometimes need encrypted documents, but often it isn't necessary.
10 Mac Settings To Make Your Mac More Secure
3/15/21
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.
Keep Your Online Accounts Secure Using Safari Passwords
2/19/21
If you aren't using a third-party password manager, you should be at least using Safari Passwords. This allows you to create strong unique password for your online accounts without having to remember or type them. You can even use those password on your other Apple devices through iCloud.
10 Ways To Make Your iPhone More Secure
11/6/20
Here are some tips to make your iPhone more secure. In addition to using a long and random passcode, you can also prevent others from accessing your data in various ways if you select the right settings now.
10 Mac Tips And Tricks For College Students
9/14/20
Learn how to get the most out of your Mac while at college. You can use iCloud Drive to protect your files from disaster, take notes and study with Pages and Keynote, put your class schedule into the Calendar app, and even use your iPhone's camera to scan documents right to your Mac.
How To Stay Safe When Downloading Software For Your Mac
6/26/20
To stay safe while downloading third-party software from websites to your Mac you have to weigh risk versus reward. Here are six factors you need to take into account before downloading anything.
10 Ways macOS Catalina Makes Your Mac More Secure
10/11/19
Improved security is a big new feature of macOS Catalina. Some features, like a read-only system volume, extra checks by Gatekeeper and the deprecation of kernal extensions will barely even be visible to the typical Mac user. Other features like new permission settings for apps and websites and Sign In With Apple will give us new security techniques that we can practice.
Two Ways To Password-Protect Files On Your Mac
9/12/19
If you need to encrypt some files so the only way to acess them would be with a password, you can use one of two methods. By using Disk Utility you can create read/write disk images that can be opened on any Mac. But if you need to send some files to another person, you may want to instead use the Terminal to create an encrypted ZIP achive that will work on Windows as well.
At Look Back After 2000 Episodes
9/10/19
Over the course of the last 12 years, I've given a lot of advice to Mac users. Take a look at some of the best advice that still holds up after all these years. Do you shut down your Mac or sleep? Should you get anto-virus software? Should you stress about batteries or rumors or new Macs? Do you need a cleaning app?
The Best Mac Anti-Virus Software
5/3/19
Often people ask about the best anti-virus software, sometimes because they feel they need to have something installed, or they are required to do so by their company or school. But macOS already comes with anti-malware software, built-in as part of the operating system. There are three parts to this: Gatekeeper, XProtect and the Malware Removal Tool. Learn about them and find out how to make sure they are up-to-date.
Using Two-Factor Without a Connection
2/4/19
What if you need to connect to your iCloud account, but your iPhone doesn't have an Internet connection? Then you won't get a prompt with the two-factor code, but you can still generate the code manually and use it even though your iPhone isn't connected. Two-factor codes don't need to rely on Internet connections for verification. You can also get a code from your Mac even if it isn't connected.
Understanding FileVault
1/10/19

FileVault is a feature of macOS that offers full-disk encryption for your Mac. This protects your files if someone were to steal your Mac. Without FileVault, someone with possession of your Mac's hard drive could view the data in your files. With FileVault, that data is encrypted and can't be read. It is unlikely that you will need FileVault, but it is still recommended if you are using a portable MacBook that could easily be stolen. Some companies also have policies that force employees to use disk encryption.

Look For and Fix Duplicate Passwords In Safari
12/24/18
Storing your passwords in Safari is a good idea as it allows you to use strong unique passwords for each site you visit. But if you still have some old passwords that are used at more than one site, you need to change that. Safari will show you if you are using a password at more than one site. You can use these warnings to fix these before they become a problem.
Using Secure Code Autofill On Mac and iOS
12/20/18
Secure Code Autofill is a new feature in macOS Mojave and iOS 12 that will take those little codes you receive via text message and allow you to easily insert them into the fields on web pages and apps when they are asked for. This allows you to use two-factor authentication and similar security measures without needing to switch apps and copy and paste. Making this easier will hopefully encourage more people to use this important security measure.
12/19/18

Keeping your Mac free of malware and using strong passwords for your online accounts are two important things you need to do to stay safe and secure. But even if you succeed at these, you can still be vulnerable to common scams that use social engineering to trick you out of your money, privacy and security. Even the most intelligent person can fall victim to a scam if they don’t recognize it when it happens to them. The key to keeping yourself safe is to know the common scams so you recognize them when someone tries to trick you.