- To start really fresh, secure erase (or “shred”) your hard drive. To do this, pop in the Mac OS X Tiger DVD, run the installer, and your machine will reboot. Then, run the Disk Utility before you install Mac OS X Tiger. In Disk Utility, go to the “Erase” tab. Click on the “Options” button, and you will be presented with three erase options: standard (simple, not necessarily secure), 7-pass (very secure), and 35-pass (uber-secure). The 7-pass secure erase took approximately 4 hours on (my) 30 GB hard drive. The 35-pass secure erase took approximately 18 hours on my 30 GB hard drive. Yes, I used both options (don’t ask)! Be sure to have plans or something to do during the time while the hard drive is being erased. After the hard drive has been wiped clean, perform install of Mac OS X Tiger.
- Turn on firewall via Sharing control panel. No, it is not automatically turned on after a fresh install!
- If not necessary, turn off file sharing.
- Turn on FileVault to encrypt your home directory.
- Whenever you use Safari, enable “Privacy Browsing” via the Safari menu. Your history, downloads, searches will not be saved. The problem is, you have to enable this each time you open Safari.
- Disable AutoFill in Safari –period.
- For the terminal users, enable “Secure Keyboard Entry” via File menu.
- For the administrators and the paranoid, enable firewall logging, block UDP traffic, and enable stealth mode via “Advanced” options after you enable firewall.
Anything I missed?