mac privacy/security/firewall (first time switcher)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by orijinal, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. orijinal macrumors 6502

    orijinal

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    I came from using PCs all my life and tried to make my computer as secure as possible, with firewalls, antivirus, etc.

    one of the reasons i made the switch was to relieve myself from all this, as i hear there are no virus/spyware items for the mac.

    so when i go to websites to test my vulnerability (like pcflank.com) and it tells me that i am vulnerable, should i just ignore this? i know in safari that it is telling me that sites are able to see my cookies/see what websites i've been too, etc. in safari. when i used a pc with my security programs, this wasn't the case.

    here is my verdict from pcflank:
     
  2. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    System Prefs:Sharing:Firewall. Click "turn firewall on" ;) The rest of that is utter bollocks, as that's referring to PCs. It has no idea that you're on a Mac. If you're worried about cookies, once a week or month or whatever, click Reset Safari from the Safari main dropdown
     
  3. orijinal thread starter macrumors 6502

    orijinal

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    i wish safari had the ability to block all cookies and allow certain sites for cookies, like firefox.

    would that matter though for macs?
     
  4. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

    rainman::|:|

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    visible ports aren't a danger, it just means other computers can see you. They can't do anything since it's a Mac, and any dangerous ports are closed by default. So you can use the system's firewall, as described above, download a third-party firewall config (like BrickHouse) which gives you more options/control over the firewall, or just leave it turned off. I'm pretty paranoid but I leave mine off, occasionally it'll screw with a program, and no one can hurt me anyway. As for antivirus, there are no viruses, so don't worry about it. The day a virus is unleashed for OS X, it will be such a big news story, you'll know about it instantly.

    In short, if at all possible, shed your PC-security-paranoia at the startup chime. Macs work like they're supposed to.
     
  5. orijinal thread starter macrumors 6502

    orijinal

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    so cookies and referrer information broadcasted by safari shouldn't bother me?

    i'm always a skeptic
     
  6. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    But it does. Safari Prefs:Security. Select "Only from sites I navigate to"
     
  7. orijinal thread starter macrumors 6502

    orijinal

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    hmm, well it's still revealing this info in privacy test sites. that and browser refer/history.
     
  8. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    If you consider History and Cookies a threat just disable them. Cookies are easy to disable from Safari Preferences. The History a bit worse. Download an application called TinkerTool, with that you can set Safari to store "None" items in History.

    Also, check alternative browsers. Shiira and Firefox are the most popular free ones. Opera has improved their Mac version and has some followers, specially some coming from Linux. Also try OmniWeb, it's not free but has some dedicated followers... :)
     
  9. orijinal thread starter macrumors 6502

    orijinal

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    thanks ill give it a shot
     

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