Apple made smart decisions from the first release of OS X to prevent a host of security problems from affecting its operating system. No computer is completely immune to problems such as viruses and attacks, but Mavericks is pretty solid.
However, that doesn’t mean your data is completely safe. Miscreants who want to compromise your computer for their own purposes, steal your information to impersonate you digitally, or simply mess up your machine are always inventing new ways to break in.
To ensure the safety of your data and your use of the Internet, this chapter explains how to take full advantage of the security features in Mavericks.
Passwords are the unfortunate backbone of security. Unfortunate because ...