How to Set up Gatekeeper to Secure Mac

Summary

You may not like to download and install some apps that adversely affect your Mac, but it is difficult for you to know an app created by malware developers. This guide will show you how to set up Gatekeeper to protect your Mac.

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June 24, 2015

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We usually like to download apps we need from Mac App Store. Absolutely, it is the safe way for us to get the apps that won't do harm to our Mac. Besides Mac App Store, Mac also allows users to download Apps from third party without interference, thus, there is a chance that we may download some apps provided by malware developers. Luckily, if your Mac has run the operation system of Mountain Lion or later, you can use Gatekeeper that built into OS X to protect your Mac.

Gatekeeper can help users make sure the app is safe enough to run on your machine, so how to set up the Gatekeeper to keep your Mac safe.

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How to Set up Gatekeeper on Your Mac

Step 1. Open System Preferences on Mac.

How to Use Gatekeeper on Your Mac – Step 1

How to Use Gatekeeper on Your Mac – Step 1

Step 2. Click "Security & Privacy".

How to Use Gatekeeper on Your Mac – Step 2

How to Use Gatekeeper on Your Mac – Step 2

Step 3. Click General tab of Security & Privacy window, and you will see the Mac's security settings under "Allow apps downloaded from".

Step 4. If you want to make some changes in settings, click on "Lock" in the lower left hand corner. Enter your administrator password.

Step 5. Choose the setting you want to set among "Mac App Store", "Mac App Store and identified developers" and "Anywhere" ("Mac App Store" option allows users to open apps that downloaded from Mac App store. "Mac App Store and identified developer" option gives users authority to download apps from Mac App Store and identified developer. For "Anywhere" option, it allows application to run regardless of their source on the Internet).

How to Use Gatekeeper on Your Mac

How to Use Gatekeeper on Your Mac

Step 6. After that, click on Lock again to save and lock the settings.

Note: The default setting for Gatekeeper in OS X Lion v10.7.5 is "Anywhere".

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