First Mac - should I use a firewall?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tctk, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. tctk macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
    I am new to the macintosh ecosystem - just got a brand-new iMac and so far, it has been a tremendous experience. However, back when I used an ugly and noisy tower running Windows, I was attacked at least once in a hour - Kaspersky blocked the IP addresses, but the intruders kept coming back. Fearing Mac OS X was still concerned by these, I installed Little Snitch, and I hated it. The lack of having to authorize everything and being assaulted by dialog boxes was the very reason I switched to Mac OS X. Is my computer really impervious to attacks and should I do something about it? Thanks in advance, for helping me and welcoming me into this forum which I hope I will contribute to. :D
  2. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Even if your Mac is the only device connected to the internet, a NAT router is always a good bet. That, and the built-in firewall (not perfect, but keeps the obvious services shut down) are usually enough to shunt most of the annoying crap. Since I went away from a direct connect, I've had zero hits, and essentially "don't exist" publicly.
  3. tctk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
    Thank you for the prompt reply. However, I use a PPPOE connection paired with a broadband modem - I guess that doesn't qualify. Might buy a NAT router, tho. Any other suggestions?
  4. eRondeau macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    To clarify for the benefit of any newbie's who may visit this thread -- all routers you can buy today are NAT Routers. (NAT = Network Address Translation). They function as automatic Hardware firewalls. As long as you're going through one (either wired or wireless, it doesn't matter) you are protected from whatever the internet throws at you. In my opinion, if you are connected directly to your broadband modem, you would do well to drop $50 on a router just for this blanket protection. If cost is an issue, read-up on the built-in OS X software firewall. :apple:
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    A router is always a good investment; if you're really worried you could get a hardware firewall, but methinks if you're that worried you should stop going online in general.
  6. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.

    But RTFM to be sure it is enabled by default, and if not, how to turn it, AND the OTHER security features, on..... :eek:

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