What is malware and how to protect your Mac from it
How to stop malware from being installed on your Mac?
Malware is malicious software that can harm your Mac or your privacy. Malware includes worms, viruses, trojan horses and other programs that can be installed while downloading items from email, messages and websites. Such malicious software are intent to control your Mac to access your personal and financial information, host illegal content, send spam or harm other computers connected to same network. If you suspicious about any software or item installed on your Mac, you may put them in the Trash and then empty the Trash. Also avoid accessing untrusted sources on your Mac. Moreover, if you want to protect your Mac against Malware, here we will provide you some easy steps to do that.
Mac has default settings and options to protect your Mac from malware. You may reduce the risk by enabling these settings on your Mac, follow the below given steps to do that.
- On your Mac, go to Apple menu> System Preferences.
- Click “Security & Privacy” and then select “General.”
- Now, click the lock icon to unlock it and then enter an administrator name and password.
- Now select any of the following sources to allow the software to be installed:
App Store: If you will select “App Store”, it will allow installing apps only from the Mac App Store. This is the most secure setting because Mac Store contains only the apps identified by Apple. macOS also checks the app before it opens the first time to be certain it hasn’t been changed since the developer shipped it. Moreover, if there is any problem in an app; Apple removes it from the Mac App Store.
App Store and identified developers:Selecting this option allows you to download apps from the Mac App Store and apps from identified developers. Identified developers are registered with Apple and can optionally upload their apps to Apple for checking the app security. If problems cause with an app, Apple can revoke their authorization. Moreover, macOS also checks the app before it opens the first time to be certain it hasn’t been changed since the developer shipped it.
This is how you may enable default settings on your Mac and stop malware and other malicious software from being installed on it.
Now read: How to Protect Your Mac from Malware