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3 Ways to Protect Your Apple® Computer Against Viruses February 1, 2019

St. Petersburg, Pinellas
3 Ways to Protect Your Apple® Computer Against Viruses, St. Petersburg, Florida

One of the key threats to any MacBook® laptop or iMac® computer investment is the risk of contracting a virus or other type of malware. However, you can take some steps to mitigate this danger on your end. Here are some suggestions to help you avoid contracting a computer virus.

How to Avoid a Computer Virus on Your Apple® Computer

1. Clear Your Browser Cache

One key way to prevent outside interference is to clear your browser's cache of cookies and automatically downloaded files. These can provide entry to unwanted activity, so it's important to remove them regularly. The procedure varies by browser, but normally, you simply click on the browser's control menu, navigate to the tools or preferences page, and click "Clear Cache" or "Clear Browsing Data."

2. Avoid Clicking Random Links

MacBookBefore clicking on a link, consider its source. Is it a trusted business or website? If not, don't risk the click. Also, be careful of links from people you don’t know; hackers often use common names as lures to get you to click on virus traps. Finally, look for misspellings or errors in the link, indicating you're being directed somewhere you didn't expect.

3. Turn on the Firewall

The operating system’s firewall is not turned on by default, so if you've recently purchased a MacBook or iMac, you may need to enable it manually. Click the Apple menu and navigate to “System Preferences.” Click the “Security & Privacy” menu and select the “Firewall” tab. Click the lock symbol to unlock the pane and input the name and password of the administrator. This will block unauthorized access, while allowing you to communicate outwardly.


To have your MacBook or iMac cleaned of viruses and malware, contact Experimac St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, FL. They specialize in repairs and sell a wide selection of used and refurbished MacBook laptops, iMac computers, tablets, smartphones, and other Apple products. They offer a 90-day warranty on all services and a full one-year warranty on sales. Visit their website to connect with them online, or call (727) 289-3367 to schedule a service appointment today.

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