Apple @ Work: For a small business without an IT staff, here’s how to keep your Macs secure


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Usage of Apple products in the enterprise is growing at an unprecedented rate. The 2020 MacBook Air is still my daily driver, and it’s become prevalent in the enterprise. The balance of power and battery life is incredible at the price point. Even among small businesses, the Mac is increasingly becoming a popular choice. As we saw with Apple’s latest Apple at Work video, startups love Apple just as much as large companies. However, small businesses might lack the dedicated IT support to keep their Macs secure. Here is a round-up of tips and tricks for securing your Mac at work if you lack a dedicated IT staff.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers managed an enterprise IT network from 2009 to 2021. Through his experience deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a mobile device management system, enterprise grade Wi-Fi, 100s of Macs, and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, train users, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for IT departments.

Back up somewhere

Backing up your local files somewhere is a critical first step to securing your Mac at work. I personally would recommend a combination of strategies, though. The first is setting up Apple’s Time Machine backup using an external hard drive. You can plug it up once a day to keep a second copy of any critical files. Time Machine will be useful in recovering from a hardware failure or an accidental deletion. Consider getting two drives and keeping one in a second location.

Second, Add on a Backblaze subscription for all your Macs. For less than a cup of coffee per month, every Mac in your office can have an offsite cloud backup. Backblaze’s app is…