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  1. vino tinto macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I've just gt a new mac, can anyone recommend what internet security i need - firewalls etc???
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I only use OS X's own firewall.

    System Preferences -> Sharing -> Firewall
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    this may sound super obvious but what does a firewall do exactly? i have never used on before on my mac other than the one i think is built into my router. i just turned that one on you mentioned in sys pref but just curious as to what it does
     
  4. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Ah, the ever useful Wikipedia.

     
  5. superleccy macrumors 6502a

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    1. Enable the OS X built-in firewall (see Sharing in System Preferences).
    2. Make sure your OS X is up to date with the latest patches and security updates (OS X will do this for you - see Software Update in System Preferences).
    3. If you are using wireless, make sure it is encrypted with WPA or WPA2.
    4. If you are connecting to the Internet through a router, enable its firewall.
    5. Use common sense.

    Welcome to Mac!

    SL
     
  6. skubish macrumors 68030

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    If you have the firewall enabled on the router there is no need to
    turn on the one in OSX.
     
  7. superleccy macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe... but make sure you turn it back on when you connect to an less-trusted network. And make sure your router security is adequate.

    For an easy life I just leave the OS X firewall on all the time... it doesn't do any harm.

    SL
     
  8. vino tinto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks SuperLeccy - I.ve waited a long time for the "welcome to mac" words.
    i did already check the firewall on my mac - so i just turn it on and leave it at that - done that and it says firewall on? Sorry for the basic questions!!!
     
  9. superleccy macrumors 6502a

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    Yup... Firewall on, that's pretty much all there is to it. I know it seems absurdly simple after mucking about with PC firewalls... but there you go.

    I also ensure "Enable Stealth Mode" is enabled (go to "Advanced")... I presume it makes me even more secure and I haven't noticed any negative side effects.

    Some applications sometimes need specific ports opening in the Firewall (eg Salling Clicker, iChat AV, Remote Desktop, some Bonjour services, some network games), but don't worry about that until any of those applications start giving you trouble.

    And welcome indeed. This forum rocks. You'll find 90% of all your Mac answers on here somewhere.

    SL
     

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