Mac Security -- The first step

SearchSecurity member Clyde Davidson offers this advice for securing a Mac.

Mac Security - The first step

This tip was submitted to the searchSecurity Tip Exchange by user Clyde Davidson. Let other users know how useful it is by rating the tip below.

The first step to making a Mac secure is to turn off File Sharing. If you do that and aren't running a Web server, FTP server, or any other kind of server, there aren't any real security problems with Macs.

If that is the case, you don't even need a firewall for a Mac. If you are File Sharing or have some kind of server, then a firewall is probably a good idea, even though a Mac is still significantly more security than other systems.


This was last published in June 2001

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