How to Make Your Mac Run Safer and More Efficiently

Mac Run Safer

It’s time to face the truth: Your Mac is not getting any younger.

Computers age, and when they age they slow down and crap out. Despite how expensive it was, and that extended warranty you (hopefully) purchased, the day will come when your Mac suddenly slows down or stops completely. You may feel it’s time to throw in the towel, and get yourself a new Mac, but it’s not. When your computer starts to age, there are many ways to improve its performance.

The following guide outlines how you can improve slow loading, and once again run multiple processes. This guide also addresses the issue of random stops, and provides you with solutions to that annoying issue. When you’re looking to speed up your Mac’s performance, and increase your computer’s overall safety, this guide can provide you with the step-by-step instruction you need to get your aging computer working at peak performance once again.

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Install Top-Rated Antivirus Protection

It’s time to cut your losses with free antivirus programs, and opt for something that’s truly going to protect your Mac. It’s important that your antivirus software updates frequently to contend with the ever-growing number of viruses and scams. Your antivirus software should protect against any new Internet threats, as well as block any sites that attempt to trick you into downloading malware.

Once you’ve downloaded a top-rated antivirus program, run it, quarantine any threats, and then restart your computer.

Run a Free Network Scanner Tool

Network scanning tools, such as IP Scanner and LanScan, allow you to determine which devices are connected to your LAN. If a device is on your LAN, but isn’t supposed to be, you’ll be able to securely boot it, and thus free up your connection.

Monitor the Status of Your Network

It’s important to determine if the problem is central to your Mac, or something to do with your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Use a monitoring application, such as iStat Menus 5, which provides a current upload and download speeds, as well as your current IP address. If the speeds are low, you should contact your ISP and ask them to determine what’s causing the slow speeds.

Optimize Your Mac to Combat Freezes and Stops

If your Mac is suddenly freezing, or stopping completely, you’ll want to run it in “safe” mode. If you’ve downloaded any new applications, try removing them and restarting the computer. If your Mac is no longer freezing or stopping, it was the application causing the issue.

If removing recently installed applications does not fix the issue, it may be a good idea to restore the Mac. In a post titled, “How to Make Your Mac Faster,” Wikiversity recommends going back to a previous “Operational System” version, as well as performing an archive and install lookup, and reorganizing partitions and reformatting the hard drive.

Don’t Use Your Admin Account

Hackers are clever people, and they’ll use your administrator account to infect your machine. You can protect yourself, and thus keep your Mac running at optimal performance, by creating a second non-admin account for daily use. Use this secondary account to check your email, browse the Internet, and stream content. Only use your administrator account when it’s absolutely necessary, and you’ll significantly limit what a hacker can do.

Remove Slow Programs

Some programs are notorious for slowing down Mac computers (especially older Macs). Adobe is a household name, but Adobe Reader still hasn’t worked out its security kinks, and that’s caused a number of issues for Mac users. You’re better off using the already-installed PDF-reader, and leaving Adobe Reader to PC users.

Java and Flash have strange compatibility issues. They’ve been known to cause slowness, so you may want to remove them. If you’re concerned you won’t be able to load webpages that use these programs, just install the Chrome browser. Chrome comes with a built-in Flash player, and is compatible with Mac computers.

In general, the best way to keep your Mac running quickly and efficiently is to pay attention to security. Only download safe programs, and keep your virus protection up-to-date. Change your passwords often, and consistently monitor what devices are on your LAN. By doing so, you’ll create a safe environment that protects your Mac, so it keeps running for longer.

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