Flip4Mac Windows Media plugin for Safari - Safe?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Irishman, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    My son's school has had the kids create accounts at Discovery Education for learning at home on the web. Part of the site includes Windows Media videos imbedded in the website.

    Safari doesn't have this capability on its own, so it directs you to this page:

    http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac-wmv/en-US/play-wmv-in-safari.htm

    Has anyone here had any experience with this plug-in? Is it safe? A security risk?

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I've used that on Macs in the past. I don't recall it ever being targeted for exploitation. It has a pretty good track record when it comes to security.
     
  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Agree with above. In the few times its unfortunately been necessary, it's worked fine :)
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it's quite safe, well known and commonly used among Mac users.
     
  5. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it's safe. I don't need to use it often, though.
     
  6. Irishman thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks everyone! I know I must seem paranoid, but working around so many Windows PCs gets you thinking viruses are everywhere! LOL
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Welcome to the Mac world! If you encounter any unexpected or unwanted behavior on a Mac, malware is usually the last possibility to consider, not the first.

    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below).

    3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link. Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
     

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