Safari vs. Firefox Security?

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  1. nightsky macrumors member

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    First time Mac user, how secure is Safari compared to Firefox? I have a new PB G4, I mostly use my windows PC for internet wondering how safe and secure is Safari. I haven't even setup my address book or anything just hookup the DSL cable to G4 and try to surf. Do I need to download Firefox onto this PB? Do I need extra anti virus and sybot? If I download Firefox will it work the same in os-x as it does on my windows' pc? I do alot of online shopping and banking. Thanks
     
  2. k2k koos macrumors 6502a

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    I use, Safari, Firefox, and Opera, and have no problems with any.

    The only thing why I use several browsers is, that not all websites are created equal, sometimes when Safari doesn't open up a certain site, chances are Firefox or Opera will, and vice versa. Safari is certainly not riddled with security issues. You can trust it, and just to be on the safe side, switch on things like pop up blocker and don't use autofill, but that's generic for any browser....
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    i tend to think browsers, when embeded into system deeper, have bigger chance to damage system when get attacked.

    but obviously, since OSX itself is much more secure right now, I don't regard safari as insecure. You can safely choose your browser based on something else, at least for now.
     
  4. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000

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    I would say they're both equally secure, based on the fact that I doubt either one of them could be hijacked in a way that will affect other applications or the operating system. Safari's never given me problems! :)
     
  5. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    They're both very secure, unlike IE Safari is not built into the OS (it's imply bundled). The only difference between Safari and FF security-wise is that FF has a phishing detector.
     
  6. nightsky thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks

    Thank you for your quick and helpful responses.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think with both of them, in order to be fairly secure, you have to go into their preferences and change some things. Also get SafariBlock or AdBlock Plus -- in the process of blocking ads you will also block a lot of nuisanceware. None of it really affects OS X in the way that it does on MSIE, but it helps nonetheless.

    I don't feel any less secure with Safari (which I'm using now) than with Firefox (which I've used a lot in the past).
     
  8. nooral1 macrumors newbie

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    Firewall Setting

    hi

    i got a question should download firefox or just with one

    when i go the net i want my sharing to be safe

    should i check all the services and firewall and internet

    so it will be safe

    what should i check or not to check because net is most danger place

    i had window xp laptop and i turn on my firewall

    and still virus go threw my computer last time my next neighborhood was printing paper from my net
     
  9. clevin macrumors G3

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    firewall is not for virus, anti-virus softwares are for virus.

    if your neighbour can print from your printer, then u need to secure your network. read your wireless router's manual.

    I don't understand your other questions.
     
  10. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Safari and FireFox are both equally secure on the Macintosh. Safari is NOT part of the operating system in the way Internet Explorer is part of Windows.
     
  11. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    Was part of Windows, that is. Vista's IE7 is mostly untangled from the OS.
     
  12. Mr Skills macrumors 6502a

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    I can assure you it's nothing to do with imps. Al Apple's bundling is done by elves.
     
  13. nooral1 macrumors newbie

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    in firewall setting should check all the box

    there are 3

    services

    firewall

    internet

    each of them have select a ______ to change its setting

    should click start
     

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  14. simontarr macrumors 6502

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    haha thats got me chuckling away...!
     
  15. nooral1 macrumors newbie

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    .zip files

    .dmg works on imac but can zip floder work for imac
     
  16. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    What?
     
  17. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Ever since 10.3, OS X has been able to open and create .zip files in the Finder. just right/control-click on the file or folder you want to work with.

    Actually, if it's a zip file, just double click it to open.
     

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