Guide to Protect Your MacBook From Cybersecurity Threats

You may read articles about MacBooks and how they are not prone to cybersecurity threats. There is some truth in such articles. After all, macOS is not as popular as Windows, meaning that hackers are less likely to develop malware specifically for Macs because they will not target that many people.

On the other hand, it does not mean that MacBooks are immune to threats. They are no different from other computers despite fewer potential malware attacks.

If you own a MacBook, you should not neglect the computer’s security and put some effort into creating a cybersecurity strategy that will keep your laptop out of harm’s way. The tips below should help with that.

Get Proper Antivirus Software

Do not rely on XProtect, a default tool that functions as a macOS antivirus. While it can detect and eliminate some threats, many users have reported that XProtect causes more issues than it solves. 

Avast antivirus is also a popular choice. Similar to XProtect, it is also not an optimal choice, meaning that you should uninstall avast from mac and find an alternative.

If you struggle to figure out which of the available antivirus software is the best, spend time reading online forums or talk to tech-savvy people in person if you know any. They ought to recommend a decent anti-malware tool that will protect your macOS.

Purchase a VPN

A virtual private network costs a couple of dollars per month. Besides offering security, a VPN also improves online privacy by masking your IP address and encrypting browsing history. If someone wants to target and attack your MacBook, they will have a difficult time overcoming the security layer provided by a virtual private network.

VPNs are also useful when you need to use the internet at public places like hotels, cafes, or libraries. Public Wi-Fi usually lacks security protocols and connecting to it may result in an unexpected hacker attack. On the other hand, if you have to use public Wi-Fi and connect to it via VPNs, the services encrypt data and make it challenging to hack someone’s computer.

Avoid Oversharing

It is easy to meet strangers online thanks to social media and platforms like Discord. And when you start talking to them, you may end up sharing more information that you need. Oversharing is a common issue because there are so many people who seek companionship online. However, they are still talking to strangers, and it is difficult to predict whether someone is trustworthy or not.

Telling little details about your personal life may lead to your so-called friend guessing your passwords or sending files that may seem safe but are harmful in reality. Keep that in mind the next time you strike a conversation with some stranger online.

Use Ad Blockers

An ad blocker is one of the best browser extensions you can get. Some websites have an aggressive advertisement policy. Users click on these annoying ads even when they do not wish because that is how some websites are designed.

There is no telling where a random banner or a pop-up will redirect you. A landing page may be crawling with malware. If you end up on such a landing page, even your antivirus software might not be enough to protect the MacBook from malware and other threats.

On the other hand, if you are running an internet browser with an active ad blocker extension, you can rest easy because the extension will do its job and block ads. This means that you will have a better overall internet surfing experience and not have to worry about accidentally clicking on questionable advertisements.

Update macOS

Like already mentioned, Macs are not as prone to cybersecurity threats because the OS is not as popular as Windows. Another reason is constant macOS updates. 

Most people probably associate operating system updates with new features and overall performance improvements. However, there are multiple instances when macOS developers ask users to download the latest version because it will boost the computer’s security. 

Thus, you should prioritize downloading and installing macOS updates, even if it takes a while for the processes to finish.

Expose of Old Hardware Properly

The last piece of advice in this article is to pay attention when you are throwing away old hardware. For instance, if you are replacing the MacBook’s hard drive, make sure that it does not have any traces of your personal information left.

Imagine what might happen if someone got their hands on the hard drive while it was still functioning and had personal information like email and social media passwords. It is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that you wipe the computer’s data properly yourself or have someone with the necessary experience to do the work for you.

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