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Some Mac Security Issues You Need to Know

You can be forgiven for thinking there aren’t many Apple Mac security issues since there appear to be fewer. But when compared to Windows users, the statistics are relatively the same.

You can be forgiven for thinking there aren’t many Apple Mac security issues since there appear to be fewer. But when compared to Windows users, the statistics are relatively the same.

Public Wi-Fi is Notoriously Unsafe

Most public Wi-Fi networks are not safe, so hackers can easily steal your information if you use a Mac on one of these networks. Mac users shouldn’t do private things like banking or looking up personal information on a public Wi-Fi network. Use a virtual private network (VPN) to protect your info if you have to use public Wi-Fi. See this post on how to change an IP address on a Mac. It will definitely help make your device a little bit safer when accessing the web.

Macs Aren’t Immune to Malware

In spite of what most people think, Macs are not resistant to malware, and some types of malware are made to target Macs in particular. It looks like there is more protection than on Windows machines. But the main reason is that there are a lot fewer Mac users. In fact, Windows is used on 75% of PCs, while macOS is used on 16%. But just like Windows users, Mac users should be careful when getting and installing software and only use trusted sources.

Mac Security Issues Include Outdated Software

Hackers can use holes in software that has been out of date for a long time to get into your system. It’s important to keep the software on your Apple Mac up to date so that any known bugs can be fixed. This means that you should check for updates to your operating system and apps often and install them when you find them. Apple’s operating system gets security updates on a daily basis, so make sure to install them as soon as you can, and remove older apps.

Phishing Scams are Still Common

Many cons target people who use computers. Hackers often use phishing scams to trick people into giving them their personal information. And you’ll find them on almost every machine. Like PC users, Mac users should be wary of emails, text messages, or pop-ups that ask for personal information. Use security software with anti-phishing tools to stop phishing attacks before they do any harm. And always stay vigilant before opening any email attachments, such as PDFs.

You Must Use Strong Passwords

You are the only one who can keep your Apple Mac safe. Hackers can easily guess weak passwords, which lets them get into your Mac and steal your files. Mac users should use hard-to-guess passwords that are strong and complicated. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is another good thing to do whenever you can. To get into your account with 2FA, you need to provide two different ways to prove who you are, like a password and a code sent via SMS.

Summary

There are numerous Mac security issues you must be aware of. For instance, your Mac is insecure on a public network, isn’t immune to malware, and software must be updated.

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