concerns about installing apps on a mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jas123, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. Jas123 macrumors member

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    I often come across interesting apps or maybe scripts that people have written that I'd like to take advantage of. I never do because I am concerned about the safety of running these apps/scripts since they are not coming from apple.com or some other venue of similar nature.

    For instance, as a recent example, I wanted to install an app, or whatever it is, to make the default mail application use a 3 column layout. The app is called widemail, and I think there was another one that I can't remember the name.

    So my question is, How do I know if it is okay to install these apps? It seems that widemail is relatively popluar; but what about an app that might not be as popular? Are "all" things on macupdate.com safe? what about versiontracker? How can I decide if I should trust some person's code/script, on my computer?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Generally speaking, apps on macupdate.com or download.cnet.com (includes the former versiontracker.com) should be safe. If you have questions about an app, use MRoogle to search this forum for existing recommendations/comments on the app. If you don't find any, post a thread and ask here.

    Beware of pirated apps (such as those from torrent sites), as they may contain trojans.

    Mac Virus/Malware Info

    You'll also find links to software recommendation lists here:

    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
     

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