Firewall - OSX 10.2 (Jaguar)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by fartheststar, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. fartheststar macrumors 6502a

    fartheststar

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    Vancouver
    #1
    Hi. When I bought my mac last August, I bought Norton personal firewall. I didn't know about OSX firewall at the time. I finally got so irritated with it questioning me every time it tried to "live update" and every time I tried to edit my website with Macromedia, I uninstalled it and activated the OSX firewall.

    Now that I am using that one instead of Norton, I don't get all the errors that I did before, a good thing!

    My question: Can I trust that the OSX firewall is doing a good job for me? One thing I did like about Norton is that there was logging and it would notify me if someone got through the firewall (nothing ever did). Also, I hear that the OSX firewall doesn't stop "ping" commands, is that a problem?

    Should I be worried about using the OSX firewall? Is there anything I can do to make my OSX firewall better or is there a certain way to configure it for optimal safety?

    Running OSX 10.2.8. Thanks!
     
  2. abhishekit macrumors 65816

    abhishekit

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    Nov 6, 2003
    Location:
    akron , ohio
    #2
    well no firewall is 100% secure, but if you really wanna check for leaks goto http://grc.com/default.htm ...click shieldsup which is in hotspots section,..then read the text below 'proceed' button..then click proceed...its pretty reliable
    cheers

    edit: to check ur firwall settings, write 'sudo ipfw list' at your terminal. it wd ask your password and show u the list..
     

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