Spyware?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by guyute, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. guyute macrumors member

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    I am new to the mac world. I just switched last week and am loving my new pm d1.8 g5! I have a question regarding spyware: Should I take actions against spyware. Is it big on the mac? Any help would be great.
     
  2. virividox macrumors 601

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    right now dont worry about it, i have yet to encounter spy ware probelms. im sure if there are future developments in spyware that effect the mac, this forum will be a-buzz with information
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I agree with virividox; there is hardly any (known) spyware on the Mac platform now. I do know of some commercial applications for Mac OS X that fall under the spyware category (keystroke loggers, browser history recorders, etc.). However, I do not know of any Mac applications with 'embedded' spyware.
     
  4. dukemeiser macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know of any spyware for the Mac. It would be hard to do without you knowing since you would have to use a password to install it. And if any spyware for the Mac is discovered, it will be reported all over the Mac community.

    So, I wouldn't worry about it. Nor would I worry about viruses, considering Mac OS X is 100% virus free. NAV is a complete waste of money for the Mac.

    Good to see a fellow Iowan on the boards. :D
     
  5. dukemeiser macrumors 6502a

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    And what apps would those be?
     
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Sorry, but I don't know their names. All I remember is reading about these types of applications being available for Mac OS X.
     
  7. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    There are some apps that are used by schools and companies to track what employees do on the work computers. On the computer labs, they have a program installed that sends data on what websites students go to on the library computers, how long they spend, and various other details.
     

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