To keep your MacBook from getting stolen, it is important to follow a few steps to secure it inside and out. When you are in a public place like a bookshop or coffee shop, it is important not to leave your Mac unattended. But, sometimes nature may call a second too late and you must run to take care of business.
Some of the following tips will help you secure your Mac and keep it safe from the sticky five fingered thief. It is important to follow each step to make sure your Mac is as secure as it can be, so your precious information and data is kept private and only you will be able to gain access to it.
Tip #1: Lock Down Your MacBook
A great feature that every Mac comes with is a small rectangular hole on the right side. This hole allows you to connect a lock from your Mac to a surface. The lock that I would recommend is the Kensington ClickSafe Combination Laptop Lock. This lock can be purchased at any Apple store. You can also download a free application called iAlertU. This application acts like an alarm. This works well when combined with the lock method.
Tip #2: Lock It Up With A Password
Along with a physical lock for your Mac, a password is another great tool to keep people from logging into your account. To set up your password, you will need to follow a few simple steps:
- Go to System Preferences and then Users & Groups
- Select your account
- Click Reset password to create a new password or change an existing one.
- Once your password is completed, go back into System Preferences
- Select Security & Privacy then General
- Check the box labeled “Require password after sleep or screen saver begins”
- Check the box “Disable automatic login”
Tip #3: iCloud To The Rescue
If the worse happens and you’re an iCloud user, then you will be able to keep track of your Mac’s location based on its IP address. iCloud is not as accurate as GPS, but it does give a good estimate about your Mac whereabouts are. To enable this setting in iCloud, follow these simple steps:
- Go to System Preferences and then iCloud
- Check the box labeled “Find My Mac”
- Then you can locate your Mac by visiting iCloud.com by logging in your account and pressing the “Find My iPhone” icon. This icon will find your Mac, as well.
- Once you have found your Macs location, you can explore more options to remote lock or remote wipe your Mac
Tip # 4: Keep Your Information Safe With FileVault
Maybe your Mac is physically secure, but that doesn’t mean that your information is always safe. A thief can still steal your data with physical access to your Mac. A thief can reboot your Mac in Target Disk mode and copy files in very quick with just a FireWire cable. However, if your Mac is secure with FileVault, it will be completely safe. You will need to follow a few steps to enable FileVault:
- Go to System Preference and then Security & Privacy
- Click on FileVault
- Click on “Turn on FileVault: button to begin encrypting
- Once the encryption is complete, you will need to insert a password to gain access
Backup Your Mac’s Information To Keep Your Files From Getting Lost
On of the most important things you should do is backup your files often on your Mac. If your Mac is stolen you may or may not get back your computer. So, backing up your files, will protect your data from being lost forever. You should try to backup your Mac every week and make it a habit. Backing up your files can be easily done with a external hard drive, CD, Cloud storage, or with a program like MacKeeper.
MacKeeper is also great because it has an Anti-Theft feature which will send you a detailed location print out if your Mac is stolen, but even cooler yet is that it takes a picture of the thief with your Mac’s own camera! Protecting your Mac inside and out by backing it up and adding some type of protection feature for it now, will help you worry less in the future should anything bad ever happen.