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Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 12: Recover from a Disaster

This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” by Joe Kissell, scheduled for public release later in 2015. Apart from Chapter 1: Introducing Mac Security, and Chapter 2: Learn Security Basics, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Streaming in TidBITS for details.

Chapter 12: Recover from a Disaster

I wish I could tell you that merely following all the steps in this book will guarantee you’ll never have a security-related problem with your Mac. But no one could make such a guarantee—not even if you used every single Risk Level 4 option I describe here. The combination of software bugs, human error, and clever attackers could take down the best of us.

The question is what to do next. If you’ve lost data, or you’ve discovered malware on your Mac, or someone has stolen your personal information and applied for credit in your name, you need to take action to fix the problem as soon as possible. Regardless of the type of disaster, your first step is:

  1. Don’t panic.

(Repeat this step as needed until you’re no longer panicking.)

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