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This setting provides the user an understanding of the current status of Location Services and which applications are using it. Rationale:Apple has fully integrated location services into macOS. Where the computer is currently located is used for Timezones, weather, travel times, geolocation, "Find my Mac," and advertising services. This benchmark recommends that location services ...

System Preferences controls system and user settings on a macOS Computer. System Preferences allows the user to tailor their experience on the computer as well as allowing the System Administrator to configure global security settings. Some of the settings should only be altered by the person responsible for the computer. Rationale: By requiring a password to unlock system-wide Sy ...

Power Nap allows the system to stay in low power mode, especially while on battery power, and periodically connect to previously known networks with stored credentials for user applications to phone home and get updates.This capability requires FileVault to remain unlocked and the use of previously joined networks to be risk accepted based on the SSID without user input. This control has been upda ...

There is a vast network of groups that collect, use and sell user data. One method used to collect user data is pay and provide contented and services for website owners, along with that "assistance" the site owners push tracking cookies on visitors. In many cases the help allows a content owner to keep the site up. The tracking cookies allow information brokers to track web users acr ...

Remote Management is the client portion of Apple Remote Desktop (ARD). Remote Management can be used by remote administrators to view the current screen, install software, report on, and generally manage client Macs. The screen sharing options in Remote Management are identical to those in the Screen Sharing section. In fact, only one of the two can be configured. If Remote Management is us ...

Backup solutions are only effective if the backups run on a regular basis. The time to check for backups is before the hard drive fails or the computer goes missing. In order to simplify the user experience so that backups are more likely to occur, Time Machine should be on and set to Back Up Automatically whenever the target volume is available. Operational staff should ensure that backups co ...

Apple introduced Lockdown Mode as a security feature in their 2022 OS releases that provides additional security protection Apple describes as extreme. Users and organizations that suspect some users are targets of advanced attacks must consider using this control. When lockdown mode is enabled, specific trusted websites can be excluded from Lockdown protection if necessary. Rational ...

In macOS 14.0 Sonoma, Apple released the ability to limit dictation to staying on-device and not sending data to the Siri severs. The use of dictation is likely to include editing documents with confidential information.While Apple does have controls to obfuscate voice data that exists on their servers it is recommended that Dictation collected information does not leave the local Mac. Rati ...

In the previous two controls, the guest account login has been disabled and sharing to guests has been disabled, as well. There is no need for the legacy Guest home folder to remain in the file system. When normal user accounts are removed, you have the option to archive it, leave it in place, or delete. In the case of the guest folder, the folder remains in place without a GUI option to remove it ...

XProtect is Apple's native signature-based antivirus technology. XProtect both finds and blocks the execution of known malware. There are many AV and Endpoint Threat Detection and Response (ETDR) tools available for Mac OS. The native Apple provisioned tool looks for specific known malware is completely integrated into the OS. No matter what other tools are being used XProtect should have the late ...


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