Firewall, AV, disk check etc...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Antony52, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. Antony52 macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2003
    I just bought a Mac, an iBook 12 inch and have some questions:
    Is Mac OS X firewall trust worthy or should I buy a separate firewall and AV like Norton Internet security?
    The disk checking tools are good or should I also buy others?
    Have any tips to give?
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    ipfw is a pretty good firewall. However, Apple's built-in control for it is less then useless. Learn to control it via the command line or use a GUI like SunShield or BrickHouse. To it, add the protection of Little Snitch. You're golden.

    Norton Utilities/Internet Security, what a joke. Norton sucks. Don't even waste mental energy thinking about it. Well maybe an AV..

    There are currently no Mac OS X viruses. Any AV you get will likely go unused and be worthless for a while. Though, IMO, it cannot hurt you to have it and might save your bacon one day..

    Do yourself a favor and get either Tech Tool Pro or Disk Warrior.
  3. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida

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