6 ways to stay clear of Mac attacks

Published: January 10, 2019

If you believe your Mac is completely bulletproof to cyber threats you may want to think again. The attacks on Mac operating systems are becoming more widespread as Apple products grow in popularity.

Here’s a few tips to help you play it safe on your Mac:

A safe bet

Norton AntiVirus for Mac is one of the most popular security tools on the market. You can use it on up to five devices with a single subscription, it blocks infected and dangerous downloads and will even tidy up your hard drive to free up valuable disk space. It’s also worth trying TotalAV, ScanGuard, McAfee and MacKeeper, which are currently the highest rating anti-virus applications for Mac.

Worms in non-Apple apps

Have you been greeted with a pop-up saying your app download is not from a “trusted” source? It’s better sticking with verified apps in the Apple App Store that have their tick of approval, otherwise you run the risk of viruses and malware.  

Click away

The Apple App Store regularly releases updates to apps. It only takes a second to click on that pesky red notification but you’ll get the latest security and stability improvements in return.

Smooth operator

When you upgrade to the latest OS X (operating system) or download security updates, your machine will often be better equipped to handle the next wave of vulnerabilities targeting Macs.

The public eye

Do you love free WiFi? When you connect any device to public WiFi networks you run the risk of someone trying to hijack your session or steal your passwords. Play it safe and avoid the temptation to go for the freebie.

Buy some time

Apple’s Time Machine can back up the files on your Mac to an external hard drive in case something goes wrong. You can go back in time to undo damage from malware or a virus, restoring your computer to its former glory.

Our tech experts are knowledgeable about Apple devices and are just a phone call away. To learn more about keeping out of harm’s way in cyberspace, read our techEd hints about viruses and malware, and discover some practical ways to keep your computer safe and sound.

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