5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2013 4:20 AM by Road Hazard
fiddleaway Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I just coverted my wife's MacBook Pro to Mountain Lion and after getting nominally set up with an administrator account and a couple of non-admin accounts for her and me, I wondered if there were some other steps I could take to make her new OS as secure as possible.


I hunted around and found a pretty good article from UC Davis, circa Feb of 2012, here.


Can anyone suggest any other more recent, comprehensive articles on how to batten down the hatches on Mountain Lion?

  • 1. Re: Recommend security measures for 10.8
    dominic23 Level 7 Level 7 (20,930 points)

    For more tips on this:





    Thomas Reed

    A highly regarded member in this community and an expert on these matters.



  • 2. Re: Recommend security measures for 10.8
    Road Hazard Level 2 Level 2 (230 points)

    The UC Davis article is a good read.  Just updated my Macbook Pro from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion and am trying to solve the compatibility issues as I discover them.  Smithmicro wrote some good programs that they no longer support past Snow Leopard:  Internet Cleanup containing Network Spy Alert among other useful programs.


    Hoping someone else has written similar programs that are Mountain Lion compatible or can relate a workaround so I can continue using Internet Cleanup.

  • 3. Re: Recommend security measures for 10.8
    softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    The "Answer "in this thread is about the best advice you're going to get.


    Ignore pretty much anything else that is said on this topic, especially if the the source happens to also be a vendor of paid software.

  • 4. Re: Recommend security measures for 10.8
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    The reason they no longer support them is that they are no longer necessary. Since SL 10.6 Apple has introduced Xprotect.


    Read Thomas Reed the part on How Mac protects you

    and the rest of his article Dominic links to.

  • 5. Re: Recommend security measures for 10.8
    Road Hazard Level 2 Level 2 (230 points)

    Thanks for the link. 


    The Net Blockade function of Network Spy Alert was quite handy in stopping additional and apparently unnecessary connections that were requested after a page (or app) had loaded.


    Another concern:  WiFi takes about 5 minutes to locate and ID local WiFi networks; was nearly instantaneous before under Snow Leopard.  Internet Cleanup is still installed but the Net Blockade and Device Sentry functions are turned off - the Internet File Finder cleaning app still works and is quite useful. 


    From time to time a warning window pops up stating to 'uninstall kernel extensions' relating to the program or the warnings will continue.  I'm not being allowed to copy and paste the warning for some reason.