If you’re a Mac user, here are five free things you should do right now.

These will help you with your HIPAA compliance and reduce the risk that you’ll be hacked.

1) Encrypt your hard drive

Use FileVault, Apple’s built-in hard drive encryption utility.

You can get instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204837

encrypt hard drive filevault

2) Take a screenshot to prove your laptop is encrypted

When FileVault is done encrypting, take a screenshot to prove that your laptop was encrypted.  Save it somewhere off your computer.

This will be super helpful if your computer is ever lost or stolen, and you need to prove that you didn’t just have a HIPAA data breach.

FileVault Mac Users

Don’t know how to take a screenshot?  No problem!  Apple has a handy help article for you.

3) Turn on Tracking

If your laptop is lost or stolen, you may be able to get it back if you can track its location.

Make sure “Find My Mac” is turned on.  If your Mac is lost or stolen, you can find it when it connects to the Internet.  You can also remotely delete it.

Instructions are here: https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/use-find-my-mac-mh36811/10.13/mac/10.13


4) Turn on your firewall

Firewalls stop hackers on the Internet from being able to connect to your computer.

Here’s how to turn it on: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201642

mac firewall

4) Unique, strong password for your Mac

The password for your Mac should not be the same as the password you use for your:

  • Email
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Social Media
  • Online Banking
  • Any other important online accounts

If it is, change it immediately.  Here’s how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202860

5) Use a non-admin account on your Mac

Macs have a few different types of users.

Most people use an “Administrator” account, which is a bad idea if a hacker ever gets a virus or malware on your computer.

Instead, use a “Standard” account.

Here’s how: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH25796?locale=en_US&viewlocale=en_US

Standard User Not Admin

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