Remote Access is a useful feature of macOS that lets you access files on your computer from anywhere.
However, remote access also lets anyone with your administrator login and password access files on your computer, which is why it is a good idea to shut this feature off if you don’t really use it.
In fact, your company may already have a security policy about when employees can use remote access. (If you’re on a Windows 10 computer, we have instructions for disabling your remote access here.)
Disabling Remote Access for macOS
- Click the Apple menu in the top-right corner of your MacBook’s screen and select System Preferences.
- Click the Sharing pane under the Network & Internet heading. If you have your sharing settings locked, click the lock in the bottom-right corner and enter the administrator password for your Mac.
- Uncheck the boxes next to Remote Login and Remote Management. Click the lock again and re-enter your administrator password if you want to prevent future changes.
- Close your System Preferences.
You’re done! You’ve disabled remote access on your macOS.
The Risk of Remote Hacks
It might sound paranoid or far-fetched to consider that someone would maliciously use remote access. But it’s not.
Security researchers actually discovered a vulnerability in Apple computers for enterprise companies that allowed them to hack a brand new Mac the first time it connected to Wi-Fi.
While remote access can be a convenient tool, enabling it all the time can increase your risk exposure. Because of that, companies may implement information security policies to give employees guidance on when they can use it.
Does your company have a policy about remote access?