Joe Kissell is starting to hit his stride in the streamed “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” ebook, and this week we bring you Chapter 4, “Beef Up Your Security Settings.” In it, Joe goes beyond quick fixes to delve into more-involved security settings. He starts by explaining how you can use OS X’s Gatekeeper technology to allow only apps from the Mac App Store and identified developers to run, protecting you from potentially malicious programs. Then he moves on to explaining the different types of user accounts available in OS X and how best to use them to increase your security. Finally, he closes with advice about how to share resources on your Mac securely. (Tip: turn off anything you’re not using!)
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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 once it’s complete.