drduh over at GitHub has written a few guides, and the latest contribution has the largest user base: for macOS users, this nearly-12k word guide is incredibly rich with suggestions for personal and professional security using Apple’s desktop OS. From Tor and SSH to disk encryption and even firmware flashing, the guide has one underpinning declaration: “A system is only as secure as its administrator is capable of making it.” You don’t need to follow each of these steps, if any, but the more you know the more you know 😉 Also, the ‘additional resources‘ at the end of the guide are a great roundup-read of security-related articles and other-guides.
This is a collection of thoughts on securing a modern Apple Mac computer using macOS (formerly “OS X”) 10.12 “Sierra”, as well as steps to improving online privacy.
This guide is targeted to “power users” who wish to adopt enterprise-standard security, but is also suitable for novice users with an interest in improving their privacy and security on a Mac.
There is no security silver bullet. A system is only as secure as its administrator is capable of making it.
I am not responsible if you break a Mac by following any of these steps.
If you wish to make a correction or improvement, please send a pull request or open an issue.