There is no doubt that a MAC is one if not the best type of computer on the market today. Not only do they boast powerful hardware, but the MAC OS runs extremely smooth even when you multitask with several programs at the same time. Your new MAC is an investment and there are a few things you can do to protect your investment and ensure it operates smoothly for years to come. Here are a few.
Enable the Firewall
There are plenty of people out there in cyberspace who would love to get inside your computer. They may be interested in stealing some files, or they may be interested in stealing your online identity. Either way, the firewall that is built into your MAC offers a strong barrier between your MAC and those nasty people on the other side. Make sure your firewall is enabled under System>Preferences>Security>Firewall.
Keep Your Antivirus Software Up to Date
Hopefully you are taking the protection of your MAC seriously by utilizing some sort of antivirus software. If you are not currently using any type of antivirus software, then your MAC may be at risk. http://www.trendmicro.com/us/home/products/software/mac-security/index.html offers full protection with automatic updates. Your MAC will always be protected.
Hack Your Browser
You don’t really need to hack your browser, but there are a few things you can do to ensure the safety of your MAC. If you are using Safari, then make sure to uncheck open safe files after downloading. Don’t let your MAC automatically open any type of file.
You may also want to disable Java in your browser. If you are using Safari, this is an easy task. Just uncheck enable java under Safari>Preferences>Security. Java is often the cause of many computer problems even on the MAC.
These precautions will ensure your MAC is operating smoothly for years to come.