The Practical Guide to Mac Security is a book from MacMost host and producer Gary Rosenzweig. Learn how to protect your Mac and yourself in an online world. The Practical Guide to Mac Security teaches you how to stay safe online. Learn how to create and use strong passwords to prevent your accounts from being hacked. Find out if you need antivirus software and how you can protect your Mac against malware. Read about scams and cons that try to trick you into granting access to your Mac or installing malware. Learn how to back up your Mac and protect your files and data from disasters.
This book is a guide for the practical Mac user. This is for those who want to buy things online, share over social media and travel with their Mac while maintaining a decent level of security. I’ll show you common sense techniques for staying safe online. The idea is not to build a wall around you, but to learn how to look out for problems and avoid common security pitfalls.
I’m going to give you honest advice. You’ll learn my personal approach to protecting myself, and I’ll share what I recommend to friends and family. Even if you don’t follow every piece of advice I give you, I hope that this book makes your computing life a little more secure and safe.
Table of Contents
1. Online Password Security Improving Your Passwords Using Different Passwords Everywhere Moving Up To Two-Step Verification Dealing With Security Questions What To Do If Your Accounts Have Been Compromised Chapter Actions 2. Malware and Hackers Do You Need Antivirus Software? Following Three Simple Rules Using OS X Gatekeeper Protecting Your Data With Mac User Accounts Setting Up Guest User Accounts Do You Need OS X Firewall? Staying Safe With Secure Connections and VPN Chapter Actions 3. Scams and Tricks Recognizing Phishing Scams Avoiding Social Engineering Tricks Ignoring Misleading Web Ads Help Stop False and Misleading Sharing Stay Away From Email Scams 4. Physical Disasters Backing Up Your Mac Storing Your Files in the Cloud Using FileVault and Encrypted Backups Backing Up Online Cloning Your Hard Drive Preventing Problems With a UPS Find My Mac Chapter Actions 5. Frequently Asked Questions Suspicious Sharing Peek-A-Boo Stopping Spam PIN Problems Wi-Fi Passwords Exploits Versus Malware Keep It Secret Keep It Secret 2 What’s Your Location? Selling Your Mac Private Web Browsing More Help More Information