So all your Mac devices are now as secure as macOS can make them. Congrats! But now you’re wondering what else you can do. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
If you’re not using a password manager yet, this is the obvious next step. While macOS has Keychain, it’s nowhere near as easy-to-use or business-friendly as third-party solutions.
One of the most popular password managers on Macs is 1Password. It has a beautiful interface that’s very intuitive and really easy to use. There is a Teams version which I’ve been using for a decade, and it’s been a really smooth experience.
Use Cloudflare’s DNS for malware protection
Cloudflare provides DDoS protection and free DNS service, 188.8.131.52., that can be used instead of your ISP’s DNS which allows for faster internet and better privacy. You can also choose their 184.108.40.206 for Families which gives optional adult and malware protection. All you need to do is change to Cloudflare’s DNS servers on your device or add them directly to your router to protect all devices in a network.
VPN (virtual private network) for private browsing
VPNs create a secure connection from you to the website you’re visiting. They should be used when you’re accessing the internet from a public Wi-Fi or any other unsecured location. They will mask your traffic so nobody can see what you’re browsing, even if they (maliciously) manage the Wi-Fi network.
The problem with VPNs is that it’s almost impossible to get an objective review. The VPN market is crawling with affiliates that are pushing the highest-paying VPN. Not only that, many of the big VPN review sites are owned by VPNs themselves. You can learn more about the shady part of the industry in this blog post.
So what should you do? If you don’t mind self-hosting your VPN, you can use Tunnelblick for OpenVPN.
At Niteo, we use NordLayer (previously NordVPN Teams). It’s been nothing to write home about and we’ll probably be looking for a replacement soon. Another trustworthy option is ProtonVPN from the ProtonMail team.
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If you’re an advanced user, then you will love the free security tools from Objective-See.
For encrypting your emails, see GPGTools.
To create encrypted virtual disks, use VeraCrypt.