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[liberationtech] advice on securing a new computer

Joseph Mornin joseph at
Sun Jan 27 17:09:08 PST 2013

Apple publishes a security configuration guide for OS X:

The NSA also publishes hardening tips:


Joseph Mornin

On 1/27/13 4:52 PM, sam de silva wrote:
> Hi there,
> Are there any guides that tell me how to make a new computer secure, for both use and connecting and communicating via the net?
> My set up is as follows:
> - Macbook Pro, running Mac OS 10.6.8
> My requirements are as follows:
> - I am almost always connected to the net, and need fast access, and full web-browsing experience
> - I'd like to block apps from sending out / receiving data from the net
> - I'd like a secure cloud storage space for my own stuff and occasionally share with others
> - My workplace is Microsoft-based we have email via IMAP. I'd like to have the option to send encrypted (PGP) emails to others.
> - I'd like to secure the email that's stored on my laptop. I'd like to use Apple Mail as my client.
> - I travel often, and I'd prefer not to have my data fall in to the wrong hands.
> - I am not a geek, but can install my own applications and if guided properly can do terminal stuff
> ---
> Any feedback or direction appreciated.
> Best, Sam :-)
> --------------------------------
> Sam de Silva
> skype: samonthenet
> sam at
> +61 412 238 041
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