Millions of Americans deal with identity theft each year. If you’re one of the unlucky people that are dealing with identity theft, you likely know how terrifying it is to find out your sensitive security information is breached.
If you haven’t yet had to experience this situation or you’re trying to keep it from happening again, we’re here to help. Continue reading this article to get the help you need to protect your information.
Get Cookies off Your Computer
Cookies are supposed to be there to help make our experience online easier and more enjoyable. While they can be helpful at times, there are other times when cookies can harm us.
Learning how to clear cookies and keep your computer clean is simple, and it can protect you from unknowingly sharing information with websites.
Protect Your Mac With FileVault
Did you know there is an easy way to protect your Mac that is already built-in? FileVault is already on your computer and can protect you in case someone tries to access your computer when it is powered down or locked.
All you have to do to turn it on is to go to system preferences, security, and privacy, and then go to file vault. When you have this turned on, your files will be unreadable, so people won’t be able to see your sensitive data.
Secure Your Mac With a Strong Password
Yes, it is understandable that you don’t want to have to go through the process of entering your password, but it’s an important part of keeping your Mac safe.
Don’t use a pet’s name, birthdate, or anything else familiar when creating your password. It’s actually best to use a random password generator so that you don’t accidentally use words and numbers that are familiar to you.
You should also disable automatic login so that your computer can’t come on whenever you open it without logging in manually.
Keep Your Mac Updated Regularly
If you see that your Mac needs to update, don’t ignore it. Ignoring updates is going to leave you open to potential attacks. Some people purposefully ignore them because they like the way their Mac is running and don’t want anything to change.
Many times, the update isn’t going to change any of the features. But instead, it is going to patch any security loopholes people are exploiting and other problems. Failing to update your Mac is going to do more harm than good for your user experience and for your security.
Turn on Your Firewall
When you get your Mac, your firewall is not turned on automatically. A firewall helps keep you protected against unwanted connections, so you want to go into your settings and turn on the firewall for maximum protection.
If you do need to allow someone to have remote access to your Mac, you’ll need to turn off your firewall before they can gain access.
Create a Standard Account for Everyday Activities
You don’t want to use your admin account for everyday activities. Instead, you can create a standard account that doesn’t have admin access. If you do leave your computer where someone can get into it, they won’t be able to do or get to anything majorly damaging for your system.
Even if you don’t think anyone is going to do something negative with the admin account, accidents can happen. When you and everyone else uses a standard account, you can keep harmful accidents from happening, so your computer can stay safe and have a long life.
Say Goodbye to Flash Player
Flash Player has been on its deathbed for a while. Security professionals have been shouting about Flash’s imperfection for a long time. The many vulnerabilities and constant need for updates are good reasons to call for an end to Flash.
Unless you need Flash Player, you should uninstall it. You can use the uninstaller made specifically for it, or you can uninstall it manually.
Use a Password Manager
A password manager can help you avoid getting your password stolen. Not only that, but it makes it easier to have more secure passwords and different ones for all of your accounts.
The more difficult account passwords are to crack, the better it is for your online security. There are some password managers that are free and allow you to use them without fees, but others that are more user-friendly do require a monthly fee to use them.
Check Your Privacy and Security Settings
We’ve looked at a few specific privacy and security settings, but you should check all of them. You might not even be aware that you are giving apps access to your information.
Look at the settings and see which apps you allow to see your location. If the apps don’t need to know where you are, turn that setting off. You can always look up the information that is location-specific manually instead of letting apps and websites know your location.
You might need to unlock your admin settings with the admin password before you’re able to change these security settings, so make sure you have it available.
Protecting Your Sensitive Security Information
Now you know more about protecting your sensitive security information. If you’ve had to deal with identity theft and other problems, you likely need help in other areas.
We are glad to help you with the other content on our blog, so keep reading through for more important information.