How to Use Gatekeeper Security in Apple's OS X Mountain Lion
Not only do people need protection from malware -- they also need protection from themselves. That's where Gatekeeper comes in, a new feature of Apple's OS X Mountain Lion.
By default, Gatekeeper lets you download apps only from the Mac App Store or from developers who have an Apple developer ID.
However, Apple recognizes that people who are power users will want more control and will want to install software from other source. Here's how to use and fine-tune Gatekeeper.
- Users will find Gatekeeper settings in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General.
- As one would when changing any system preferences, click on the lock on the lower right of the window and type in your system password.
- Default Option: Gatekeeper will only open apps purchased and downloaded from the Mac App Store or from a list of "identified developers" who have been given a unique Apple developer ID.
- Power User Option: "Anywhere" — this will allow the user to install any program downloaded from any developer.
- Novice Option: "Mac App Store" — even if a developer is on the "identified developers" list, an app might still be unnecessary and it will take up space on the hard drive. Choose this option if the user in question often has a lot of unused apps on his computer.
If you try to open an app that Gatekeeper has blocked, you'll see a warning message.
- To continue, just click Open.
- Alternatively, you can Control-click or right click the icon of an app from within Finder.
The benefit of Gatekeeper is that it prevents people from blindly installing apps or accidentally downloading and installing something from a misleading link.
This story was provided by Laptopmag.com, a sister site to SecurityNewsDaily.