When most people think about security in the real world, they envision imposing physical barriers and sentries at checkpoints. Similarly, you can erect digital walls and employ virtual guards on your Mac. That’s what Joe Kissell teaches you to do in Chapter 7, “Fortify Your Mac’s Defenses,” this week’s installment from “Take Control of Security for Mac Users.”
Joe focuses his attention on three main topics: anti-malware software, firewalls that block inbound attacks, and firewalls that block attempts to transfer data out of your Mac. With anti-malware software, the question is whether it’s appropriate for you since, unlike in the PC world, it’s often more trouble than it’s worth for Mac users. Firewalls that try to prevent data from leaving your Mac are similar — they may interrupt you too frequently to be worth the extra protection. However, firewalls that protect against malicious incoming traffic are another story — OS X’s built-in firewall is simple and unobtrusive, and well worth enabling.
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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”
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.