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Macintosh Security Information

Operating System Updates:

macOS

  • On a Mac you should ensure that the operating system and applications are kept up-to-date as regards security and bug-fixing updates issued by Apple
    • Users of older versions of OS X should use Software Update (from System Preferences) to configure 'Automatically check for updates when you have a network connection'. This can be set to Daily, Weekly or Monthly. More information is available from Apple.
    • Mountain Lion or later users should use App Store (from System Preferences) and enable 'Automatically check for updates' and 'Install app updates'.
  • MacOS X 10.11 and earlier are now out of-support and no further updates will be available. Please consider upgrading to a more modern version of the operating system.

Microsoft Updates:

  • Updates relating to Microsoft Products should also be downloaded and applied from the Microsoft Mactopia download pages or using the Microsoft Auto Updater supplied with Office

Adobe Updates:

Antivirus Software

  • VirusScan for Mac, as part of McAfee Security for Mac, is the preferred method of virus protection on the Macintosh and its use is covered by a site licence for the University of Cambridge. For instructions on how to install, click here.

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