• Nikhila Jain

How to Keep Your MacBook Malware Free

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With Pandemic on the run and everyone working from home, securing your MacBook, laptops, desktops, and tabs have taken precedence. People often buy Apple products (I am one of them) to have that extra sense of confidence that it is far more secured than the competitors. Even though this holds correct, but there is a fair chance that one can break-in.

The most common way to distribute malware is by embedding it in a fancy-looking app that projects to be harmless. You click that app and Boom. Gone! You have that sticky malware on your MacBook. The most important part is to get rid of this app and secure your data, but how?

It's easy said than done. We bring to you some simple guidelines, that once followed will keep your MacBook free from malware.

The macOS offers built-in features that would ensure that any malicious program or malware would not get access to your personal information.

Apple’s inherent Defence System

It's always beneficial to first set up your MacBook with Apple's inherent defence. Here's how you can set up your gatekeeper with a few clicks and ensure your MacBook is protected.

Lets quickly dive in by following these simple steps:

  • On your MacBook, Go to System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click General.

  • If the lock at the bottom left shows locked, then click it to unlock the same.

  • Select the sources from which you’ll allow the software to be installed:

  • App Store: This is the most secured way of allowing apps to be downloaded. All the developers' apps in the Mac App Store are identified by Apple and every app is reviewed. Thus, ensuring the highest level of security.

  • App Store and identified developers: Allows apps from the Mac App Store and apps from identified developers. Identified developers are registered with Apple and upload the app for security check.

Select one of the options and you are all set. Isn’t that cool?

Keep your Mac and Software Updated

Now that your Gatekeeper is set up, another important thing to take into account is to keep your software updated. Apple ensures that any vulnerabilities are quickly fixed and bundled in an update.

With these few steps you can ensure that your macOS is always updated:

  • Go to System Preferences, then click Software Update to check for updates.

  • If any updates are available, click the Update Now button to install them. Or click “More info” to select specific updates to install.

  • A Software Update ensures that all the installed apps are updated too.

  • To automatically install future updates, select “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.” Your Mac will notify you when updates require it to restart, so you can always choose to install those later.

Disable Old Plugins

The most common gateway for malware to get access to your MacBook is through your browsers. It uses Java or Flash plugins to trespass and become native. Safari, the default web browser on macOS, by default disables them unless enabled manually by you. It is useful to keep these setting disabled in all circumstances unless you trust the source. Modern web applications are moving away from using these plugins and thus bring in more security.

Get an Anti-Malware Tool

An anti-malware tool is a program that will guard your MacBook against malicious programs popularly known as 'Malware'. The program will prevent, detect and remove malware from your devices.

There are many anti-malware tools available in the market. The article on tech-radar gives a detailed study of top-notch anti-virus and anti-malware tools available in the market. Pick the one that best suits your need.

Schedule Malware Scans

The anti-malware tools come with a smart setup for scheduled scans. The tool can run the scan at the desired time and generate reports for you to take action on. It helps in keeping your system clean and getting an early alarm before it’s too late.

Keep your Anti-Malware Updated

Alike you keep your macOS and other apps updated, ensure that the anti-malware app is updated as and when an update is available. This ensures that the anti-malware app is always on the top with the latest malware information and is effective in fighting against them.

With coronavirus creating havoc in our lives, the best option is to stay safe and follow the safety norms. On similar lines, keep your MacBook updated with new software versions, only install trusted apps and get a front-line defence installed for your MacBook. This is imperative as even if Apple is the leader in providing secured devices to users. Yet, 2021, brought the news of the first M1 malware targeted at MacBook. Here’s what you need to know. The above guidelines will keep your MacBook secured and free from malware.

"Safety is the key to success".

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