Securing the new Mini

Smashmax

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For us non-super technical types, what should we do to secure our new Mini?

I turned Vile Vault on during setup.
I set a password that is required at startup and waking up from sleep.

What else? I heard of a bios password? Is there anything to do manually with that T2 chip thingie to make it more secure?
 

SoCalReviews

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Turn the Firewall ON under System Preferences>Security and Privacy settings.

Consider installing an active antivirus program such as Avast Free AV for Mac or any other reputable AV of your choosing. If you want the free version make sure you always select "free" when installing or updating or you will get the paid or they call it "upgraded" version installed instead.
https://www.avast.com/free-mac-security
 
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tedson

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I owned Macs since 1984 and have never had a 3rd party Anti-Virus on my computer and have never gotten a virus. I also only download software from trusted sources and update Apple system software when available. I'm not aware of any independent 3rd party studies showing the need for an Anti-Virus on a Mac. Just don't download software from sketchy sites and you'll be OK.
 
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Smashmax

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Turn the Firewall ON under System Preferences>Security and Privacy settings.
Are there any downsides to using the firewall? I only ask because it seems like something they would turn on by default.

Also, what about setting a BIOS password?