It's a dangerous world out there, but with some common-sense preparation, you can maintain your privacy online, protect your sensitive data, and keep your Mac safe from both malicious software and intruders. Macworld's experts start out with real-world advice on how you can safeguard data on your hard drive and on the Internet, complete with details on passwords, keychains, user accounts, encryption, Web surfing, instant messaging, email, and more. You'll also find tips for keeping spam at bay and identifying phishing schemes, and receive smart suggestions for how to deal with viruses and other types of malware. The Superguide also helps you secure your home network, delving into the details you need to know about firewalls, wireless networks, and file sharing. For those who compute on the go, the ebook looks briefly at staying safe while using your iPhone or working at a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Questions answered in this book include: • How can I make my passwords memorable but hard to crack? • Can my friends use my Mac without comprising my privacy? • How do I make my laptop less appealing to thieves? • How do I keep email and instant messaging conversations private? • What is Safari's Private Browsing feature? • How can I access sensitive files from my Mac at home while I'm traveling? • How do the top antivirus utilities for the Mac compare? • If I run Windows on my Mac, what anti-malware measures should I take? • Why should I bother to configure a firewall on my Mac? • What firewall should I use if the one in Leopard doesn't meet my needs? • How can I safely share my Mac's files with other users on my home network? • How do I turn on WPA network security on my home Wi-Fi network? • How do I use a VPN when connecting to the Internet from a Wi-Fi hotspot?
Table of Contents
Safeguard Your Data
• Take Advantage of User Accounts If you share your Mac with other people, user accounts are a must. Take advantage of this feature for maximum security.
• Protect Your Passwords Pick the strongest passwords, unlock the mystery that is the keychain, and troubleshoot common password problems.
• Encrypt Sensitive Files Do you have sensitive information on your Mac that you wouldn’t want ending up in the wrong hands? Lock it up by encrypting it.
• Thwart Potential Thieves Your beloved Mac is a coveted target for thieves. Keep it safe with these tools, including security cables, insurance, and alarms.
Protect Your Privacy Online
• Surf Safely If you spend any time on the Internet, you leave a trail. Ensure that nobody can see your browsing history or get their hands on your passwords or credit card information.
• Secure Your Communications E-mail, file transfers, and instant messages are all vulnerable to snoops while traveling to their destinations. Encode and protect them with these security measures.
• Fight Spam and Phishing The biggest threats to Mac users are spam and phishing scams. Recognize and avoid threats with the right combination of settings, software, and common sense.
Inoculate Your Mac Against Viruses
• Know the Dangers Viruses, Trojan horses, and other malware are rare on Macs but not unheard of. Learn about the possible threats to your system.
• Prevent Infection Antivirus software and reliable download sources are the best way to keep your Mac malware-free. This section has our top program picks for every kind of Mac user.
• Locate and Treat It Worried that your system is already compromised? Track down and remove suspicious programs from your computer.
Inoculate Your Mac Against Viruses
• Set Up a Firewall Thwart would-be intruders by making your Mac invisible with a firewall. Familiarize yourself with your computer’s ports and get instructions on setting up OS X and third-party firewalls.
• Let Outsiders Access Your Mac Sharing access to your computer is a snap in Leopard, but it also has its risks. Make sure your connections are secure by hand-picking who has access to what.
• Secure Your Wireless Connections It’s true that your wireless connections can be intercepted. Guard your data by being smart about your Wi-Fi, coffee shop hotspot, and VPN connections.