3 Simple Ways to Secure Data & Protect Your Clients

Quick Tips / January 18, 2017 / JD

Today you carry more data than ever on your Mac, iPhone & iPad. You keep your personal, business and client information and if someone were to gain access to this the consequences could be dire.


Marketcircle takes great effort to protect your Daylite Cloud database from unauthorized access, be it when you log in, sync or even when stored on our servers. While you have protection when you use Daylite, someone could potentially access everything simply by sitting at your desk and rummaging through your iMac while you step away. A break into your home or office could easily result in a stolen Mac or iPhone and stolen data along with it.

Assuring that your client’s data is safe is, of course, good business practice, but you may be required to put in measures to ensure your client data is safe by local legislation or NDAs. This is why it is important that you take additional steps to ensure you always control who has access to your data.

Learn how you can leverage features Apple includes to help you control who has access to your data.

Lock Things Down

The first line of defense is to lock down your Mac, iPhone & iPad from being accessed when you’re not using. This way even when you leave your desk or put your phone down, someone won’t be able to sneak on and get data while your away.

iPhone & iPad Passcode

  1. Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode
  2. Tap Turn Passcode On
  3. Enter a six-digit passcode. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.
  4. Enter your passcode again to confirm it and activate it.

Require Password After Waking from Sleep on Your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click General.
  2. Select “Require password… after sleep or screen saver begins.”
  3. Click the pop-up menu and choose the time that passes before a password is required.

For more information check out Use a passcode with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and Require a password after waking your Mac

Pro Tip: Use hot corners to start your screen saver immediately, so you don’t have to wait for the lock screen to activate.

Encrypt your Mac’s Drive

Your Mac is now protected by requiring a password when waking from sleep which is great. However, if you experience a break-in and have your Mac stolen, there are ways to get data directly off your Macs Hard drive. This is why Apple includes powerful encryption for your drive called FileVault2.

Encrypting your drive will prevent anyone from accessing the contents of your drive unless they have the FileVault password, including you so take carefully read Encrypt the contents of your Mac with FileVault completely before you enable this feature.

Prepare for the Worst

With Apple’s Find My Mac, iPhone & iPad app you can locate where you misplaced your devices which are great when you’re looking around the house or think you forgot your phone at a restaurant. If you cannot find your device Apple still has you covered. Included in Find my Mac, iPhone & iPad you can remotely lock and even wipe your devices.

While a drastic measure, if you are never able to recover a device it is comforting to know that even if someone is using it, they don’t have access to your client or personal information. Since you already backup your data all you’d have to do is restore on a new device to get back up and running.

If you don’t Find My Mac, iPhone & iPad enabled, check out:

If your Mac is lost or stolen & If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is lost or stolen

When you use these three features included on your Mac, iPhone & iPad you can protect your client’s information and use Apple products with confidence.

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