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Privacy settings for macOS 13 one should enable as soon as possible

While people often pay more attention to privacy over their smartphones, they simply do not give enough thought to the privacy of their laptop and desktop computers. As for the Apple boasting to the fact that privacy is their strongest suit when compared to other brands, this does not mean that your devices are still off the hook.

For our readers today we have figured out a few privacy settings for your macOS 13 that will ensure that your computer will share only the things that you wish to share.

So without any further ado, have a read of these few privacy settings for macOS 13 one should enable as soon as possible on their Apple computers.

FileVault

The first basic step to the privacy settings is to set up a password for the protection of your computers. As for your Mac devices, you need to go a step further beyond that. This means that you need to encrypt the entire files on your Mac device so in case your computer goes missing in cases such as theft or robbery, your data still remains safe.

Fortunately for the Apple users, the company has made this thing very easy with an app called FileVault.

To activate the FileVault, you need to perform followings steps.

  • Go to ‘System Preferences’
  • Go to ‘Security & Privacy’
  • Go to ‘FileVault’
  • Once you reach there, turn this feature On

According to Apple, FileVault secures the data on your disk by encrypting its contents automatically.”

Significant Locations

How many of you Mac users have known this fact that your Mac devices are always keeping track of your locations? Well, we guess not many of you might know it unless you have already disabled it from settings. One of those settings that disable location tracking is “Significant Locations”. This is the features that one can also turn off on their iOS devices as well.

Well, the big question here is that, what are the Significant Locations? According to Apple, this feature lets the Mac user learn about the places that are significant to them for providing them with useful information based on the locations on the following apps.

  • Maps
  • Calendar
  • Photos and many more

If those last two words ‘many more’ sound a little bit too m much to you then you can easily turn off this tracking by following steps.

  • Go to ‘System Preferences’
  • Go to ‘Security & Privacy’
  • Go to ‘Location Services’
  • Tap the option ‘Click the lock to make changes’ and enter the password of the Mac device in the bottom left part of the screen
  • Next, select the ‘Details’ from the right of the menu and uncheck the box that says ‘Significant Locations’

To be just extra sure of your privacy, you can also uncheck the box that says, “Location-Based Apple Ads”. For those who do not want to do anything with location tracking, you can simply turn off the entire location services.

To keep you notified, this means that you will no longer be able to use the ‘Find My Mac’ feature.

Limit Advertising tracking




We bet you also do not know the feature where Apple lets the Mac users an option to place a limit on the advertisement tracing on their devices. Well, as it happens to be, there is a way but to make sure it is all correct, you need to make correct settings.

  • Go to ‘System Preferences’
  • Go to ‘Security & Privacy’
  • Go to ‘Advertising’

Simply check the box that says “limit Ad Tracking’ and viola no more targeted ads.

Securing the contacts

Another important thing on your Mac devices is your contact list as it may contain information of the people that only you want to have access to.

Well, unfortunately for you, some of you might have shared this information with third-party apps in the past. So to make sure you do not share them anymore, we present to you the way to take care of it.

  • Go to ‘System Preferences’
  • Go to ‘Security & Privacy’
  • Go to ‘Contacts’

On this screen, you will see a list of apps that request for access to the contacts.

If you see any app that you do not want to have access to your contacts then simply uncheck their boxes.

Securing the camera from Third-party apps

Webcam access is one of the vulnerabilities of a desktop computer or a laptop. Even if you have the webcam covers or have placed the stickers over the built-in cameras, these are not the only way to prevent the third-party apps to have access to what you are seeing.

To ensure privacy on the camera front, perform the following steps.

  • Go to ‘System Preferences’
  • Go to ‘Security & Privacy’
  • Go to ‘Camera’

There you will see a bunch of apps that request access to your camera and the ones that have access to the camera will have their boxes checked. If you do not want certain apps to have access, simply uncheck their boxes to restrict the access.

If in the future that some app that you restricted the camera access is actually not a wrongful one, then you can easily grant the camera access by checking its box in the manner of the same setting.

Protecting your data

In some cases Apple actually lets your data to be collected and share with third-party apps.

If you don’t want your data to be in hands of the app developers you don’t trust, then perform these simple steps.

  • Go to ‘System Preferences’
  • Go to ‘Security & Privacy’
  • Go to ‘Analytics’

There uncheck the box that says ‘Share with App Developers’.

Turn off Siri

While there are many accessibility options for having Siri over your desktop computer, there is a chance that you might never have any use for it.

You can turn off Siri on your Mac device by performing these simple steps.

  • Go to ‘System Preferences’
  • Go to ‘Siri’
  • Once there just uncheck the box that says ‘Enable Ask Siri’

Hope that these will be some helpful privacy tips for your Mac Devices.

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