Page 2 – Time Machine, Trackpad Tweaks, and Security on Your New Mac

Configure Your Time Machine Backups

This might sound like a hassle, but it really isn’t. It’s also a life saver when you suffer that unfortunate hard drive failure. With macOS Sierra, backups are easy to maintain, as long as you have a place to store them. Time Machine is a fantastic backup solution, so be sure to set it up right away. We’re going to System Preferences again, this time to Time Machine. Make sure Back Up Automatically is enabled and you have the correct disk selected for your Time Machine backups. For redundancy, you should also purchase, install, and configure Carbon Copy Cloner. It comes with a 30-day free trial, and is only $39.99 after that.

Time Machine settings

Take the time to set up Time Machine

More Changes to the Trackpad May Be In Order

If you purchased a MacBook or the Magic Trackpad, you may want to make additional changes to how it behaves within macOS Sierra. For example, you probably want to enable Force Click and haptic feedback, if you haven’t already. You should also set up how to perform a Secondary Click, the Mac version of right-clicking the mouse. You can also adjust how much force you need to exert to click and how fast the mouse cursor moves when you glide your fingers across the trackpad.

Secondary click trackpad options

Setting up secondary click on your trackpad is easy.

Mouse users, you aren’t left completely out in the cold here. Go back to System Preferences > Mouse and configure Secondary Click, along with Smart zoom, if you want that feature. You should also investigate More Gestures to set other things to your liking.

Mouse secondary click options

If you have a mouse, you should configure the secondary click for it, too.

Locking Down the Fort

Next, you’ll want to set up some basic security features. This way, if someone swipes your Mac, they won’t have free reign over it. Visit System Preferences > Security & Privacy and start off by making sure a login password has been set. Next, select Require password 5 minutes after sleep or screen saver begins. You can also change the length of time, if you want it longer or shorter. Once you set this configuration, you’ll be prompted to enter your password to unlock your Mac.

Security and Privacy settings

Setting your Mac to lock automatically is an important security step.

This is also a good time to activate your Firewall, making your Mac even safer against unwanted intrusions.

Firewall settings

Next, enable your Mac’s Firewall

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