MacMost: Security

13 Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your iPhone
4/29/22
Here's a list of things you should check for on your iPhone to make sure you are protected in case it is lost, stolen or someone tries to steal your information.
Do You Need To Secure Wipe a Mac Drive?
4/19/22
When you sell, donate or recycle a Mac, you should absolutely erase your drive before it leaves your possession. With orders Macs that use spinning hard disk drives, you should secure erase it. But for newer Macs with solid-state drives you can't secure erase and it really isn't necessary. In most cases your old data was encrypted anyway.
5 Reasons Why Keeping Your Passwords In Notes or a Document Is a Bad Idea
3/28/22
Many people keep their passwords in a note or a Numbers or Pages document. This is a bad idea, but not for the reason you probably think.
Protect Yourself From These 5 Apple-Related Scams
3/21/22
Don't fall for these 5 Apple-related scams. Be careful when you get alarming emails, check carefully before buying a used Mac, don't assume everything you see on your screen is offical, and more.
Add Notes To Passwords On Mac And iPhone
3/17/22
A new feature in macOS 12.3 and iOS/iPadOS 15.4 is the ability to add notes to password entries. You can use this to store extra information about an account, or to create secure text notes inside of the iCloud Keychain.
Apple ID Account Recovery Methods
1/21/22

If you ever lose your Apple ID account password, you can recover it using one of three methods Apple provides. By default you can use their recovery service which could take a lot of time. But you can set a Recovery Contact to let a trusted person help you recover your account, or you can set a Recovery Key as the ultimate secure method of recovering your account.

Why Won’t My Password Work?
1/19/22
We've all at one time or another entered a password into a site only to be told the password is wrong. Let's explore all of the reasons why this can happen and learn what to do next.
How To Secure Your iPhone Before Handing It To Someone
12/24/21
If you need to hand your iPhone to a ticket checker, cashier, security guard, or police officer to show a document or your ID, be sure to use Guided Access first, to lock the iPhone into that one app and restrict access. You can also use Guided Access to allow children to play games on your iPhone or iPad.
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.