How to leverage Apple’s built-in tools for a solid Mac security

Leveraging Apple’s built-in tools for a solid Mac security

When it comes to choosing PCs with the most reliable security, Macs have always been the go-to choice for both enterprise and personal users alike. But have you ever considered why? Why are Macs so dominant in the field of security and management? What features do they possess that sets them apart from their Windows counterparts? In this blog, we shall cover the essential features that strengthen Mac security, and learn to leverage Apple’s built-in tools to get the best out of your Mac security software.

What are Apple’s built-in Mac security tools?

What is Mac firewall?

How do I configure Mac firewall?

What is FileVault?

How do I enable FileVault?

IT admin configuring FileVault on a Mac
IT admin configuring FileVault on a Mac
IT admin configuring FileVault on a Mac

What is Find My Mac?

How do I enable Find My Mac?

What is Mac XProtect?

What is Mac Gatekeeper?

How do I disable Mac Gatekeeper?

What is Mac Malware removal tool?

What are the hardware and system security features on a Mac?

What is Mac secure enclave?

What is Touch ID on a Mac?

Touch ID on a Mac
Touch ID on a Mac
Touch ID on a Mac

What are the encryption and data protection features on a Mac?

  • iCloud Keychain
  • Apple File System

How strong is password security on macOS devices?

What is iCloud Keychain?

What is Apple File System?

What are the application security features on a Mac?

  • Mac malware protecion

How can users manage app access to data and services?

To check app permissions on a Mac, navigate to the ‘Privacy’ tab on System Preferences > Security & Privacy, and select the services to see the apps that have access to each of these services.

Also, Enterprises can make use of a unified endpoint management solution like Hexnode to push policies that restrict users from overriding app permissions on corporate Macs.

How does Apple protect Macs from malware?

The first layer of defence is designed to prevent the launch or execution of malware. This is done with the help of app notarization and Mac Gatekeeper.

The second layer is designed to ensure that if any malware appears on a Mac, it can be instantly identified and prevented. This is done with the help of XProtect, Gatekeeper and notarization.

The final layer is designed to remove and remediate any malware that has entered the system and successfully executed its function. This is done with the help of Mac MRT.

Together, these three layers of defence provide the most solid protection against malware on a Mac.

What are the network security features on a Mac?

  • Safari privacy and security

How do I configure VPN on a Mac?

macOS devices offer built-in support to set up VPN connections using minimal setup and configuration. Using Hexnode, IT can easily configure both VPN on demand and per-app VPN policies on macOS devices.

Configuring VPN on a Mac
Configuring VPN on a Mac
Configuring VPN on a Mac

Users can also manually configure VPN on their Macs, by navigating to the VPN tab on System Preferences > Network, and providing the required details to authenticate the connection.

How does Safari enforce user privacy and security?

How to get the best out of built-in Mac security features

  • Protect mac with a good password
  • Set up different users on your mac
  • Keep software up to date
  • Avoid connecting to Open Wi-Fi networks
  • Use VPN
  • Turn on firewall
  • Apply firmware password
  • Review privacy settings

Stick to apps from the Mac app store

Protect your Mac with a good password

Set up user accounts on your Mac

Enable disk encryption

Enforce OS updates on your Mac

Enable Find my Mac

Avoid connecting to open Wi-Fi networks

Ensuring Mac security in the enterprise
Ensuring Mac security in the enterprise
Ensuring Mac security in the enterprise

Use a VPN

Turn on firewall

Apply a firmware password

Review privacy settings on your Mac

Originally published at https://www.hexnode.com on June 7, 2021.

Hexnode MDM is an award winning Enterprise Mobility Management vendor which helps businesses to secure and manage BYOD, COPE, apps and content.

Hexnode MDM is an award winning Enterprise Mobility Management vendor which helps businesses to secure and manage BYOD, COPE, apps and content.