Brand New User, do I need security software?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by storkie11, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. storkie11 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    I just purchased my 1st Mac, mbp 15 4G, just love it, but am light years behind everyone else here on MacRumors. I will be brief (in my pathetic ignorance), and hope a few kind souls will take pity on me. What do I do about security (I really only plan on keeping my many pictures, music, and home videos on here, and will probably only download the same from iTunes at this time), and when I upgrade to Snow Leopard, do I need to back up what's already on my mbp? Thank you for your mercy!:)
  2. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    You don't really need to have any security software, but you can get some if you want to. It's just personal preference, but by no means necessary for a home Mac.

    And I'd recommend backing up everything for your upgrade to SL, just in case. It's unlikely you'll encounter any problems, but you'd want to be sure.
  3. DavidR91 macrumors member

    May 24, 2009
    Bourne, Lincs, UK
    I recommend having a manual virus/malware scanner (not an on-access one) just for those occasional "I better check this file isn't dodgy" situations (ClamXav is free and does exactly that)

    OS X has few "in the wild" threats, but it's good to have a tool like that just in case (it certainly isn't bulletproof)
  4. Antowns macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2009
    You don't really need to. Mac OS X comes with a built in firewall and can be configured under the security tab in System Preferences to allow only what you specify which can be quite annoying but safe.
  5. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    I've not used any security software since I first bought a mac 4 years ago. No problems at all.

    And I back everything up before I upgrade, you shouldn't have to but I always do just in case.

    I had a hard drive crash once and lost stuff *shudders*
  6. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Like another poster said, you do not need one with OSX at the moment. I keep ClamXav just for those instances where I feel a file or download might be suspicious.

    Just be careful what you download and you will have many years of worry free computing.
  7. storkie11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    From the newbie....

    Wow, thanks guys & gals, I'll check out that clamx thingy (am I pathetic or what), and will, of course, back up. I dropped a wad of cash for this gem, so really want to keep it safe, but am a little strapped at the moment, and am glad there is something free out there. I am usually cautious about what I look at/open, so I should be in good shape. God Bless!

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