How to secure your MacBook before heading back to school

Using a MacBook at school for your schoolwork is great, but you should
definitely be careful about keeping your expensive laptop safe and secure. We're going to show you how to secure your computer, whether you're on or off campus.

 

How to secure your MacBook with a password and Apple Watch

  1. Launch System Preferences on your MacBook.
  2. Click Security & Privacy.

    System Preferences, click Security & Privacy

  3. Click Change Password.

    Click Change Password

  4. Input your old password, then create a new password (make sure it's a strong one that can't easily be guessed), verify the new password, and optionally provide a password hint.
  5. Click Change Password to confirm.

    Input Old Password, New Password twice, and a Hint. Click Change Password

  6. If you have an Apple Watch, make sure the Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac box is checked off.

    Check off the Unlock Mac with Apple Watch box

Making sure that you have a strong and secure password helps prevent others from getting into your computer. And Apple Watch is another method of unlocking your Mac when it's nearby.

How to track your MacBook with the Find My app

  1. Launch System Preferences on your MacBook.
  2. Click on iCloud.

    System Preferences, click iCloud

  3. Scroll down and locate Find My Mac.
  4. Make sure Find My Mac has a checkmark in the box. This means it is enabled.

    Check off the Find My Mac box

  5. To track, either log in on the website or launch the Find iPhone (or FindMy on iOS 13) app on your iOS device.
  6. Locate your MacBook in the device list and tap it to view where it is.

    Open FindMy app, tap on your Mac to view it

Apple's device tracking is easy to use and pretty much built-in already.

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