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A Safe Mac is a Happy Mac. Learn to conquer your insecurities in this friendly self-help session. With a little mindfulness and courage, every Mac user can live happily ever after in an ever changing world where viruses and ransom ware threaten to invade your happy place.


This landing page contains links to resources to help users implement best practices to increase security in OS X and macOS.

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A session over this topic will offered at TCEA17 and ISTE17.


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Apple KB on System Integrity Protection


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Understanding User Types in macOS


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How to Create Secure Passwords You Will Actually Remember ~Lifehacker


XProtect Explained


macOS Security Articles & KBs



ISTE Safe Mac Happy Mac Apple Gatekeeper cybersecurity

Gatekeeper is a feature that builds on OS X’s existing malware checks to help protect your Mac from malware and misbehaving apps downloaded from the Internet.

The safest and most reliable place to download and install apps is via the Mac App Store. Apple reviews each app before it’s accepted by the store, and if there’s ever a problem with an app, Apple can quickly remove it from the store.


System Integrity Protection

System Integrity Protection is a security feature in OS X that protects the system shipped by Apple. By protecting access to system locations and restricting runtime attachment to system processes, this security policy guards against compromise — whether accidental or by malicious code.

OS X applies this security policy to every process running on the system, regardless of whether it’s running with administrative privileges or running unsandboxed.

SIP Guide from Apple Developer Site


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Enterprise Mac Security* is an excellent text written by senior JAMF Engineer and Author Charles Edge, Jr. Charles also runs the site which is another amazing resource for system administrators. Charles is one of many who were patient enough to answer a few questions while doing research for this presentation.






Open DNS

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OpenDNS will help protect against viruses, malware, and ransom ware.

To get started, you’ll need to set up one or more of your devices to use OpenDNS’s DNS nameservers. For instructions on how to do this, choose your device type from one of the categories below.

Our nameservers are always:



16 Mac Security Advances

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Apple has long been known for providing an exceptional user experience. But many might not realize that over the past few years, they’ve been pushing the infosec envelope, by making advanced security options accessible to everyday users. While not all of these features are new in El Capitan, here are 16 features that Apple has built into OS X that every user has simple access to.



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