How to configure privacy and security options on MacOS systems?

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Apple computer security

If there is a company that has excelled in developing measures that ensure the security and privacy of its devices, it has undoubtedly been Apple.

Although many see it as a point against the lack of personalization they may have, the truth is that these "negative" aspects contribute to improve the security of their users.

MacOS computers safe?

But it does not remain only in the smartphones produced and developed by this company, it goes much further. Mac computers have a good reputation in this regard and are always a plus for a higher level of security and privacy.



How to do it? It is very easy to manipulate the tools that this amazing computer offers you, and here you will get to know some of the most important ones.

What is the firewall for?

Restricting or allowing certain applications to access your Internet connection is one of the measures you can configure to provide more security and privacy to your Mac. This filter is important in this type of computer and in any other operating system.

  • Go to the "Preferences" of your Mac system.
  • Click on the "Security and Privacy" section.
  • Turn on your computer's firewall or firewall.
  • You can also access the "Firewall Options" and view the configuration of each application.

File encryption

Are you looking for more security in the documents you save on your Mac? So this tool is simply amazing. Through the Advanced Encryption Standard, a document encryption system used also by the United States government.


This will be possible thanks to the FileVault feature, which uses the basic level of encryption. To access this important tool, you need to follow these steps:


  • Access the "System Preferences".
  • Click on the "Security and privacy" section.
  • Enter the "FileVault" option. Unlock this tool by clicking on the lock that appears on the screen.
  • The system will request the data from authorized users to unlock the instrument.
  • The encryption process will start.

It may take some time, of course, it will depend on how many documents you have, but regardless of the time, it's worth it. This will help prevent documents from being extracted from your Mac without entering the data authorizing this action.

Location of the laptop

Just like iPhones have the "Find My iPhone" tool, Apple laptops also have "Find My Mac", an important option for track it down in case of loss. To activate this feature, you just have to:


  • Re-enter the "System Preferences".
  • Access the “ICloud” section.
  • Check the "Find my Mac" box.

Check the permissions granted

A fundamental aspect in any mobile device, but especially in a computer, is the access that certain applications or programs have to the operation of your computer. To check these types of permissions, follow these steps:


  • Go to the "System Preferences" panel.
  • Select the "Security and privacy" section.

This will display the list of applications installed on your Mac. When you select one, it will reflect the permissions granted to that application, allowing you to limit which ones you deem appropriate.

Always updated

One final recommendation is to keep your Mac software up to date because it can provide tools more useful for ensuring the security and privacy of your computer.


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