Perhaps your Mac’s most obvious connection to the outside world is via the Web, via a Web browser like Apple’s Safari or Google Chrome. There are numerous threats to your Mac’s security that come over the Web, and it’s important to learn how to protect yourself against them. That’s what Joe Kissell teaches you to do in Chapter 8, “Surf the Web Safely,” this week’s installment from “Take Control of Security for Mac Users.”
Joe starts off by explaining the utility of using encrypted connections when browsing, which is easy to do, and then walks you through the security-related settings in your Web browser. Then he discusses how to use passwords and credit cards safely on the Web, and how to avoid phishing attacks — unsurprisingly, relying on a password manager can be extremely helpful here. Finally, Joe closes the chapticle with a look at a couple of Web browser extensions that can enhance your security.
If you want to catch up with “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” so far, the first two chapticles are available to everyone, but all subsequent ones are limited to TidBITS members. Those who join the TidBITS membership program receive other benefits too (like 30 percent off all Take Control orders!), but what’s most important is that revenues contributed by TidBITS members have kept TidBITS running the last few years — your support has been essential. If you’re already a TidBITS member, log in to the TidBITS site using the email address from which you joined to read and comment on these chapters.
Chapter 1: “Introducing Mac Security”
Chapter 2: “Learn Security Basics”
Chapter 3: “Perform Quick Security Fixes”
Chapter 4: “Beef Up Your Security Settings”
Chapter 5: “Improve Your Passwords”
Chapter 6: “Improve Your Network Security”
Chapter 7: “Fortify Your Mac’s Defenses”
Chapter 8: “Surf the Web Safely”
We have four more chapters to go, and once those are in the can, the full ebook of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” will be available for purchase by everyone in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats.