Just Got My First Mac. What do I do?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by John234, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. John234 macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2011
    Just Got My First Mac. What do I do?

    Any settings that you recommend for me to change? Any bloatware that I should remove?

    Any guides on important security tweaks? (After having a PC I'm over paranoid about viruses).
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Actually, just enjoy it

    No viruses, so no AntiVirus needed (please, we don't need that discussion again)

    No bloatware in the OS, no security tweaks

    Just use it and relax

    Oh, turn on Time Machine and make sure you back up
  3. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    The only things I would do is to turn on the Firewall

    System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Firewall

    I would also turn off automatic opening of downloaded files with Safari Preferences (no real need, but just to make sure).

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    and enjoy :)
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Turn it on and start using it. It's that simple!
    System Preferences > Security > Firewall > enable (it's disabled by default)
    Safari > Preferences > Security > Enable Java (uncheck)
    Safari > Preferences > General > Open "safe" files after downloading (uncheck)
    None. Welcome to Mac!
    See above. If you set up a WiFi network, make sure it's secured by a complex WPA2 password. (Upper and lower case letters, numbers & special characters)
    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus software to protect Mac OS X from malware. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.

    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
  5. John234 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2011

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