Many of us keep important documents and information on our computers. These may range from work related documents to personal ones. In order to keep these documents and other personal information safe, we must first secure the devices we use to hold them. This article will go over steps that you can take to make sure your device is properly protected against various types of malware.
Not only is it important to have a password on your computer to make sure you are the only one able to log into it, but it is also important so that it reduces the likelihood of other pieces of software making changes on your computer.
When setting up your account on a Mac, you will be required to set a password for your account. These are instructions if you would like to change your password.
Note: If you have an antivirus on your computer, you may see a message saying that your firewall is being managed by it. If this is the case, then your firewall is properly set up.
To Turn on firewall on Mac:
All updates on Mac after OS X version 10.9 are free via the Mac App Store. To install the latest updates for your Mac, open the App Store and go to the Updates tab. This will contain all of the latest updates for your operating system. If you Mac is below version 10.9, please contact the ITS Service Desk in order to see what options you have.
Just like how your operating system will be updated to give you the latest features and security patches, most pieces of software that you use will do the same. It is highly recommended that you keep your software up to date to reduce the risk of getting your computer compromised through them. Each piece of software is slightly different, but the steps to update them should be very similar.
Since each piece of software is unique, these instructions may not fit every single one. If you have trouble updating a specific piece of software, contact the ITS Service Desk directly for assistance.
A secure and up to date antivirus will help monitor your computer for any malicious activity. Here is a list of recommended antivirus software:
If you still have questions or need additional assistance, please submit a ticket or call the ITS Service Desk at (858) 246-4357