There are two essential facts you should be aware of as a Mac business user. The first is that while Macs are still safer than most PCs, they aren’t as secure as you think — reports suggest that Mac malware threats now outpace Windows. The second is that cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated in their online attacks against business users, using malware like spyware, keyloggers, and ransomware.
That’s why it’s a good idea for Mac business users to follow these essential security tips:
1. Beef Up Your Cybersecurity
The default security software on macOS is not sufficient against emerging malware threats. To help your Mac stay safe online — you need advanced antivirus for mac that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to crush developing threats with behaviour-based technology rather than pattern-based technology.
2. Avoid Cybersecurity Mistakes
It’s imperative to avoid some of the common cybersecurity mistakes that many small businesses make.
- Don’t underestimate online threats
- Don’t use free antivirus software that uses archaic technology and may spy on you to generate revenue
- Don’t wait until a malware attack does irreparable harm to your business
- Don’t ignore the security of your customers
- Don’t go online without securing your network with a firewall and a cooperate VPN
3. Take Advantage of FileVault
FileVault is an excellent full-disk encryption tool that uses XTS-AES-128 encryption with a 256-bit key to secure your data. The tool is especially valuable if someone breaches your system defences and gets access to your storage drives. To activate FileVault, visit the Security & Privacy settings on your Mac.
4. Create Backups with Time Machine
It’s a good idea to regularly back up your vital data with Time Machine, the built-in backup utility on your Mac. To use Time Machine, you’ll need a reliable external storage drive. To make the task less labour-intensive, you can set Time Machine to create backups automatically.
5. Use Complex Passwords
Every Mac in your business must be secured with a 12-character password that uses upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Only a strong password can ward off dictionary attacks from hackers.
6. Avoid Spear-Phishing Attacks
You already know that phishing expeditions are fraudulent emails, text messages, and social media messages that lead you to fake websites or trick you into downloading malicious software. While phishing expeditions are simpler to avoid, spear-phishing attacks are harder to spot, as they’re tailormade to suit their targets.
For example, a spear-phishing email may appear to be from a trusted vendor that asks for confidential information. Stay extra vigilant to stay safe from spear-phishing attacks — avoid oversharing information on social media, regularly check your Macs for keyloggers and spyware, and verify suspicious information.
7. Update Your Software Frequently
To stay one step ahead of cybercriminals who exploit software vulnerabilities, you must regularly update your programs and operating system. To update your macOS automatically, tick the ‘Automatically keep my Mac up to date’ box in the Software Update settings.
Keeping your Macs secure is critical for the future of your business. By following these seven security tips, your business can stay safe from most cybersecurity threats.
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