Well, we can’t stop your Mac from being stolen, but we can do quite a lot to help you get it back, and if not, we can make it damn near useless to the thief. Seen below are 6 tips of how to protect your Mac from theft.

Setup a Lock-Screen Message

I have one that says “If you have found this laptop, do the right thing and please email will@fixmybrokenmac.co.uk or call 441212969996″ You could even offer a reward. If someone honest finds your laptop, they know how to contact you. Make sure you have set a secure password, I know this sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people use ‘password’!

Install an Open Firmware Password

Most people haven’t heard of an open firmware password, but it is essential in protecting your Mac. What it does, is prevents someone from using keyboard commands that allows someone to start your Mac in special modes such as recovery mode or single-user mode. In the wrong hands, these modes would allow a thief to bypass password protections, wipe your machine or get at your data.

Turn on Filevault

Even with the above protections, all a thief would need to do to access your data, would be to remove your hard drive and pop it in a USB caddy, then they could browse your data to their hearts content. Filevault will encrypt your hard drive so that even if you put the drive into a caddy, the user will be prompted to enter a password. Don’t forget the FileVault password, if you do, you won’t be able to get at your own data. Encryption makes data recovery in event of hard drive failure near impossible, so please make sure you have a backup of your data.

Install Prey

Prey is another piece of brilliant free software. You install it on your Mac, and if it is stolen, you can log into the Prey website and do various things such as see when your Mac was last online, where it was located. You can also lock your Mac and flash messages up on the screen.

Set up a Repair Account

Sometimes you need to use people like us to repair your Mac, now we are very trustworthy and don’t access your data, but you might be abroad, or, for whatever reason you can’t bring it to us. Repair companies might have to access your machine for various reasons, and they will ask you for your password. This way, you can give them a valid login, without giving them access to all your files.

Encrypt Your Backups

If you use a time machine to back up your Mac, there is a handy option to encrypt the backup. That means if you lose or have your backup drive stolen, nobody will be able to access your data without entering a password.

Conclusion

So there you have it, 6 steps to making your Mac as secure as possible. Now we understand that might all sound like techno mumbo jumbo to some of you, but it sounds like sound advice, right? Well, if you bring your Mac to us, we can do all of this for you for £90. If you are local, we can do all of this in-store, and if you’re not, we can install some software on your Mac that allows us to set this up remotely. We charge £30 extra for this service as it generally takes longer as we also have to talk you through doing a couple of things on the phone.
 

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