macOS Sierra 10.12 Security Concern

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Klaatu63, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. Klaatu63 macrumors regular

    Klaatu63

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    In light of the current Internet hacking activity - how concerned should I be about Apples built in security infrastructure. Beyond activating the firewall and having difficult passwords for network access, should I be thinking about a VPN or a hardwired third party firewall?
     
  2. lucian89 macrumors newbie

    lucian89

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    I don't think you have much to worry about. I run into this problem a lot also. Do a proper threat analysis. Don't use the same passwords for all your websites. Use a password manager with randomized passwords for each account.

    Personally I use a VPN and little snitch, but is it necessary (if im honest with myself), no. Is it relieving to have, yes.

    OsX is hard to 'hack' unless you give unidentified applications access to the system.
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    The application firewall does not provide any protection unless you actually prevent (most) applications from receiving incoming connections. You should instead configure the packet filter with the pfctl command (or GUI applications like Murus). In your home network, you should rather focus on your router to secure the network against such threats, whereas you should consider a VPN when you are not in a trusted network. OS X does not have many system programs that are capable of receiving incoming connections in the first place and many of them are disabled by default anyway (in System Preferences → Sharing). When you are using programs that are capable of receiving incoming connections, check whether they are sandboxed (Mac App Store applications are all sandboxed) or whether you can sandbox them
     

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