Mac Security.....

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Grasbak, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Grasbak macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2006
    Just wanted to check if I am being a bit sloppy with my Mac in terms of security. Obviously when I bought it I was aware there are effectivly no viruses etc.

    My mac is (wirelessly - WPA) connected to the internet via a adsl router with a firewall. The OSX firewall is on. I only have 1 account which is the administrator account which I do not have a password on.

    I leave the mac on all day (i would be at work) connected to the internet, it sleeps or shutdowns at night (sometimes it wakes up (seemingly) at random).

    Any extra security steps I should be taking?
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    You're already doing more than I do (except that my admin account requires a password, and my machine requires a password at startup). I'd just tell you to keep abreast of viruses and any other malware that might appear for the Mac.

    I'd also turn off the "Open Safe Files After Downloading..." option in Safari, as that's a great vector to sneak things in.

    Beyond that - be mindful of the sites you visit and the places you download from, and you should be fine.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    You're generally doing well. You could create a non-admin everyday account, and I think that's a good practice, but first off, your admin account really must get a password. The reason is that any kind of trojan horse or other attack that gets controverted because you have to give a password for it to gain superuser rights is not protected, because your account has no password. At least, I think it's a really bad idea to have a no-password admin account.
  4. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i agree here. you should put a password on your admin account.....and any account for that matter
  5. Grasbak thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2006
    had a feeling that might be the case - I will look at that tonight!
  6. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    download and install 10.4.9 mega package, apple patched something like a dozen security holes.

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