The Practical Guide to Mac Security

How to avoid malware, keep your online accounts safe, and protect yourself from other disasters.
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (1,076 ratings)
17,424 students
The Practical Guide to Mac Security
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (1,076 ratings)
17,424 students
Know how to create strong passwords for online sites and their Mac.
Find out how to use two-factor authentication for stronger online security.
Learn how to protect their Macs against malware.
Understand why it is important to backup your Mac.
Be wary of online scams, cons and other dangers.
Learn about other Mac security issues, techniques and skills.

Requirements

  • You should have a basic familiarity with using Macintosh computers, such as the menu bar, System Preferences, web browsing, and so on.
Description

The Practical Guide to Mac Security is a complete course with 24 lessons that will enable the typical home and office Mac user to secure their Mac from dangers like malware, online account break-ins, data loss, and online scams.

The course looks at four main types of dangers. The first is preventing your online accounts from being compromised. This usually happens when weak password or simple security questions are used. The course teaches you how to create strong passwords, use password managers, use two-factor authentication and avoid pitfalls like easy-guessed security question answers.

The second danger is malware. You will learn what you should worry about when it comes to Mac malware and what not to worry about. But learning three simple rules you can protect your Mac from malware without needing any special “anti-virus” software.

Third is the danger of losing your data due to physical damage or theft. By backing up your Mac with Time Machine, using an online backup, or using cloud storage, you can avoid losing all of your data in the blink of an eye.

The last section is about social engineering dangers like fake emails, misleading websites, online scams, and other ways that malicious individuals will try to get access to your Mac or your online accounts. Simply by learning about these you will be more prepared to deal with the dangers that are prevalent throughout the online world.

This course is meant for casual Mac users who use their Macs at home or in the office. The lessons will allow you to secure your own Mac without needing to understand complicated computer techniques. it is an everyday guide for everyday Mac users.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who uses a Mac at home or at work. This is not a security course for experts or those wanting to secure Macs professionally. This is for casual and typical Mac users who want to learn more about Mac and online security.
Course content
6 sections • 26 lectures • 2h 25m total length
  • Introduction
    03:39
  • Improving Your Passwords
    10:55
  • Using Two-Factor Authentication
    07:31
  • Password Management
    05:23
  • Security Questions
    04:43
  • What To Do If Your Accounts Have Been Compromised
    07:36
  • Do You Need Anti-Virus Software?
    06:34
  • Three Simple Rules
    08:21
  • Using Gatekeeper
    04:16
  • Mac User Accounts
    04:29
  • Secure Connections with VPN
    05:39
  • Phishing Scams
    06:46
  • Web Scams and Phone Calls
    04:25
  • Social Engineering Scams
    10:30
  • Time Machine Backups
    07:53
  • Storing Files in the Cloud
    03:49
  • FileVault
    04:39
  • Online Backups
    04:05
  • Using a UPS
    07:53
  • Find My Mac
    04:51
  • Suspicious Sharing
    03:41
  • Wi-Fi Passwords
    04:55
  • Private Browsing
    05:37
  • Selling Your Mac
    06:17
  • Online Resources
    01:05
  • The Practical Guide to Mac Security (E-Book)
    00:14

Instructor
MacMost, WP Tips and Hacks, Computer book author, Developer
Gary Rosenzweig
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 6,524 Reviews
  • 38,218 Students
  • 17 Courses

Gary Rosenzweig is an Internet entrepreneur, software developer, and technology writer. He runs CleverMedia, Inc., which produces websites, computer games, apps, and podcasts.

Gary is the host and producer of MacMost, a site that features more than 1,000 video tutorials for Apple enthusiasts. It includes many videos on using Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Gary has written more than 30 mass-market computer books, including the best-selling book My iPad, The MacMost Guide to Switching to the Mac, My Pages, ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University, and Special Edition Using Director MX. He also has self-published titles such as 101 Mac Tips and The Practical Guide to Mac Security.

Gary is also the creator and producer behind WP Tips And Hacks, a site with video tutorials and code examples to help WordPress users customize and modify their WordPress sites.

Gary has a computer science degree from Drexel University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.