The Apple Macintosh, also known as the Mac, which will celebrate its 38th birthday on Jan 24th, 2022, boasts a historical milestone in home computing history. The Mac was the first personal computer which included the now super famous mouse and a GUI, or Graphical User Interface, as opposed to the standard command line which all other personal home computers offered in the 70s and early 80s.
These historical additions redefined home computing for the masses with these revolutionary additions still used in the 2020s.
Apple has boasted a solid internet security record and experience above and beyond its second to none track record when it comes to a unique, pleasant user ecosystem and experience.
Apple’s shiny and impressive security record should not lead you to Mac security complacency with the ever-growing list of threats and online dangers.
Let’s go over a Mac security priority list for 2022 to get you started on the right path to a Mac secure experience.
1. A Comprehensive Anti-Malware Solution
Some of you may better know this type of solution as Mac antivirus software or simply as an antivirus application. The term malware is synonymous with computer viruses as it is a blend of the words malicious and software.
The most prudent first step is downloading a free trial of an anti-malware solution for your Mac from a reputable company in the web security industry and simply trying out the product. Free trials typically have a limit of 14 to 30 days. If you spend a decent amount of time discovering the product, even 15 to 30 minutes per day, you should be able to reach a rock solid decision quickly.
The anti malware solution should protect you from an aggressive roster of cyber security threats such as:
- Keyloggers: This malware can collect some, even all, of your keystrokes. The information collected can give criminal internet access to your WiFi network, sensitive accounts such as your online bank account. Without a robust protection mechanism from keyloggers, your passwords can become the weakest MAC security link, no matter how strong they are.
- Ransomware: Cybercriminals can hack your PC, laptop or mobile device and lock up your data by encrypting it and turning it into useless gibberish. A ransom payment is requested in order for the data to be restored to normalcy.
- Trojan Virus: This is a virus disguised as a legitimate application and often a free application you may need for your day today.
2. A Mac VPN Solution
A VPN for your Mac will add an incredible layer of security, essentially masking your actual IP address and ISP from everyone on the internet, not to mention cybercriminals. The VPN will also encrypt all your traffic, especially protecting you when you are browsing an unsecured site and even more so when you are using a public WiFi network with 0 security. All your traffic will remain private and gibberish to prying unauthorized eyes.
3. Social Engineering Threats
One of the most significant and often under-recognized risks is cyber social engineering, also known as mind hacking. A hacker or a hacker’s proxy will attempt to gain your trust to gain the information needed to cyberattack you or a closely associated organization such as an employer or a client.
Awareness and prudence are essential here, including never allowing anyone to access any of your devices without comprehensively monitoring their activity.