What's the best Internet utilities suite for OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Chrisnorth, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. Chrisnorth macrumors member

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    OK, I know that OS X has a built in firewall, but I keep hearing about front ends that make it much more user friendly. Also, what about virus checkers?

    Has anyone found a really good OS X native suite of Internet utilities that include Firewall and Virus Protection? If so, I'd be interested to hear your evaluation. What's the best option out there?
     
  2. timbloom macrumors 6502a

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    For your firewall, if you are running Jaguar, go to your Sharing PrefPane, there you will find a very easy to use front end to it. For virus protection, you can buy .Mac and get Virex for free from the website (don't install if you use Fink).. but I also like Norton too.
     
  3. yzedf macrumors 65816

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    firewalls are meant to be hardware based. have a good router setup, and use the software firewall stuff as a way of keeping you feeling more secure. in truth, the hardware is what will make the difference from being owned...
     
  4. timbloom macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, setting firewalls on your router is actually much more convenient over time, and more reliable, but for a software solution the one built into X is quite good because it is standard ipfw, and not some goofy little app that you pray works.
     

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