The internet can be an intimidating place. While is is bursting at the seams with a wealth of fantastic knowledge and fun and games, there can be scary lurking viruses poised to attack. While Macs are very robust (certainly in comparison to Microsoft Window computers) they are unfortunately not bullet proof from Apple targeting threats.
Thankfully there are some great reliable ways we can protect our cherished Macs and surf the web stress free. While your Apple Mac comes with a great built-in feature called Gatekeeper that help protect apps from invasion, you may also wish to consider the added protection of a professional Mac anti virus program, please see our Best Mac Antivirus Software Comparison for more details….
What is Mac Gatekeeper?
If you love to download apps and programs from the internet (I know do) then you will be glad to have Apples inbuilt Gatekeeper tool on your side. Some apps found on internet can be dodgy and can negatively effect your precious Macs performance, or even worse… let a virus loose its internals eeek! Trusty Gatekeeper helps to protect your Mac from such nasty malware infested apps.
Note: Apples very own App Store is the safest place on the web to download apps as Apple themselves have reviewed and vetted them before they are released. However, if you do accidentally download and install a bad egg from the App Store, Apples customer support will guide you out of any spot of bother.
Using Mac Gatekeeper
As you have just discovered Apples Gatekeeper is a great little tool that gives you more control over what applications you download and install off the web. Gatekeeper gives a variety of safety options to chose from.
The ultimate safest option is to only allow apps that come from apples App Store to be installed. You can loosen the belt a little and select an option to only allow apps from the App Store and from vetted and identified developers. Alternately to could throw caution to the wind and allow any app to be downloaded. If you select this option just make sure you use your own spiderman senses to sniff out any dodgy apps.
Note: Gatekeeper is not a Mac antivirus program, it is just restricts what apps you can download. If an infected apps does make it onto your computer, you will need to turn to an antivirus program such as award winning Mackeeper or Norton to fix the infestation or any damage.
How to use Mac Gatekeeper Step-by-Step
To pull up your Macs Gatekeeper options follow these simple steps…
1.) Click open your Apple menu (select the mini apple logo from the left hand side of your toolbar).
2.) Next pick ‘System Preferences’.
3.) Browse for the Security & Privacy icon, and click open. It looks like a little house with a padlock on.
4.) At the top of the Security & Privacy icon are four options. For the purpose of this gatekeeper task, make sure the first option ‘General’ is highlighted.
5.) Under the heading ‘Allow apps downloaded from:’ are the three options ‘Mac App Store, Mac App Store and identified developers and Anywhere’.
Tip – If you can’t edit your gatekeeper options, click open the padlock and the bottom to gain access. For security reasons you will be asked to enter your name and password.
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