Mojave Privacy Protection

There are some things to get used to when you install macOS Mojave. One of the more prominent ones is the new and increased Privacy settings. Mojave is much more locked down than previous versions of macOS. That may be a bit annoying at times, but in the long run it is for our own good. Because of this increased privacy, you will spend a lot of time in the Security & Privacy Preference Area of your Mac when you first install Mojave.

Security & Privacy

Here is what is going to happen. Once you install Mojave, many of your Apps will update. Many of them will request access to “control this Mac”. You will be asked to go to the Security & Privacy System Preference Pane:

Security & Privacy

Once in this area click on Accessibility. Then scroll through the list in the right side window, find the App in question and click the box. You should not be bothered by this request any longer in that App. The problem here is you are going to get this request for a bunch of your Apps. Try to be patient, give them access and you will not have to do that again.

Believe it or not, there is an even deeper Privacy setting in Mojave called “Full Disk Access.” Here is what is does:

In addition to the Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Photos data controlled by specific classes and listed above, Full Disk Access also gives access to:

  • Mail – the contents of ~/Library/Mail
  • Messages – the contents of ~/Library/Messages
  • Safari browsing history – the contents of ~/Library/Safari
  • Cookies – the contents of ~/Library/Cookies
  • iTunes backups (when present)
  • Time Machine backups – all your backup folder
  • Miscellaneous – the contents of ~/Library/HomeKit, ~/Library/IdentityServices, ~/Library/Metadata/CoreSpotlight, ~/Library/PersonalizationPortrait, and ~/Library/Suggestions, most of which are new to Mojave.

Here is what Full Disk Access looks like:

Full Disk Access

Full Disk Access is pretty much what it sounds like. It gives certain Apps access to low level stuff, default items on your Mac. Not too many Apps should require this, but some do. I had a problem with Chronosync backup App until there tech support advised me to add it to Full Disk Access. After doing this all worked well. Once in a while an App will tell you it needs Full Disk Access:

Full Disk Access

After I added Drive Genius to Full Disk Access all was well.


Mojave is more private and secure than older macOS versions. This may cause you some short-term grief, but in the long run it is for the best.