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Managing Security in Mac OS X

Last Updated: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 > Related Articles

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Summary

Learn to enable or disable firewall settings and turn on FileVault for Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.7.

Solution

Want to set up your computer firewall? Need to secure your important documents? Learn how on Mac Operating system (OS X) 10.5 to 10.7.
 

Cox does not support operating systems. The following information is for reference only. For specific information on using your Apple Mac, visit Apple.com/support/mac.

Set Up Firewall

Learn to set your firewall settings in a Mac.

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You will need to access System Preferences to begin. You can do this one of  two ways:

  • On the bottom menu bar, click the System Preferences icon.
  • From the Apple drop-down menu, choose System Preferences.
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Under Personal click the Security & Privacy icon.
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  1. Click the Firewall tab.
  2. Click the gold lock icon at the lower left of the dialog box.

You must have an administrator username and password set up before you can release the lock icon and proceed to the firewall settings.

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  • To enable a firewall, click the Start button, click Advanced to choose your options, then click OK.
  • To disable a firewall, click the Stop button.

Turn On FileVault to Secure Private Documents

You must be the administrator on this computer with a user name and password to access FileVault. Some highly-partitioned disk configurations such as RAID will not work with FileVault.

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You will need to access System Preferences to begin. You can do this one of  two ways:

  • On the bottom menu bar, click the System Preferences icon.
  • From the Apple drop-down menu, choose System Preferences.
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Click the Security & Privacy icon.
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Click the FileVault tab.
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Click the gold lock icon at the lower left of the dialog box then enter your administrator user name and password.
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Click Turn on FileVault.
 

If the computer has multiple accounts, then a list of accounts displays. See the Apple support link at the start of this article for further details on managing user accounts.


Result: Once on the FileVault page, your recovery key displays. This key is a set of letters or numbers.

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  1. Copy the recovery key and store it in a safe place.
  2. If the recovery key is hidden, click Show Recovery Key. You may want to choose additional options to store your recovery key.
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Click Continue and then click Restart to activate your security settings.
 

It may take some time for the security changes to configure if there is a large amount of data stored on your hard drive.


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