BeautifulWoman_1984

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Hey guys,

Sorry to be creating a thread about this, but it's an incredibly important problem I need help with!

I've done a lot of research and it seems like many MacRumors users don't run a security suite like a firewall or anti-virus for their Mac, but with Apple selling more Macs than ever there are so many malicious Apps on the internet like trojans, malware and keyloggers that are targeting MacOSX... 😭😭😭

I want to install a security suite that includes a firewall and anti-virus for Macs.

There are so many options and I don't know how to choose which one... 😢😢😢

Thank you so much!

EDIT:

I created a thread about a similar topic for MacOSX High Sierra, but I want to know the best security suite I can use for my new Mac running the most recent version of MacOSX.
 

Slartibart

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Thank you for your reply Slartibart!

I did my research so I'm aware MacOSX comes with a firewall, but the premium products seem to offer much more protection?

I'm looking at this list now: https://firewallguide.com/internet-security/macintosh/
A firewall is a firewall - there might be a different in “comfort” when configuring between the included interface and. commercial frontend… I think there is no better protection from commercial available products compared to what MacOS/Apple offer internally plus e.g. ClamAV. Of course that still requires certain ”good practise” when receiving MS Word files etc. - if only to protect people on other platforms you work with.

TL;DR: IMHO there is no good commercial security suite - use the security features provided by Apple, check archives with ClamAV, don’t allow macros in MS word documents you downloaded, don’t click on email attachments you receive unexpected, do not let your browser extract downloaded archives automaticlly, be aware of the source of files.
 
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phrehdd

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Perhaps you need to do a bit of investigation. Sometimes a suite may have some parts that are top-notch and other parts that are just average.

While I see the attraction for a suite, you might want to see what items you really need to be within reasonable risk.
Firewall
Anti-Malware/virus
System settings
VPN

These all can play a big part. Firewalls can also be found in some routers that are very good or as an "appliance" which is a small piece of hardware that resides before your computers. Firewalls can do all sorts of things including whitelists, blacklists, build as you go lists etc. VPN is not a perfect means of protection but does add in most cases a partial extra level of protection, various anti-malware/virus can obviously add value yet many will not have them remain on all the time as they can eat quite a bit of resources. Many things to consider including what type of things do you typically download and what type of sites do you visit.
 
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phrehdd

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There AREN'T ANY "Mac viruses".
There have never been any discovered ... "in the wild".
"Mac virus" ...fine, let's skip the term and use the word "malware." Better? I suggest anyone interested in potential attacks on Mac computers take a look at this rather light look at some potential attacks on Macs. Btw, some "malware" are also categorized as viruses.

 
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johannnn

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Common sense is enough for most users, regardless of platform. If you need/want a software, definitely go with Objective-See [https://objective-see.com/index.html]. They're killing it with their free softwares. You can check their blog and YouTube conference videos. I recommend BlockBlock and RansomWhere. I'm not kidding you, the best products are free in this case. Please don't buy some random antivirus software from a large developer. There are a lot of posts on the C4M forum (I'm not allowed to link to the site due to forum guidelines) where they change a single byte in a Mac virus and suddenly no Mac antivirus software will recognize it. However, BlockBlock and RansomWhere will still detect it due to their heuristic approach.
 
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Big Bad D

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Common sense is enough for most users, regardless of platform. If you need/want a software, definitely go with Objective-See [https://objective-see.com/index.html]. They're killing it with their free softwares. You can check their blog and YouTube conference videos. I recommend BlockBlock and RansomWhere. I'm not kidding you, the best products are free in this case. Please don't buy some random antivirus software from a large developer. There are a lot of posts on the C4M forum (I'm not allowed to link to the site due to forum guidelines) where they change a single byte in a Mac virus and suddenly no Mac antivirus software will recognize it. However, BlockBlock and RansomWhere will still detect it due to their heuristic approach.
Thanks for the recommendation, I had not previously come across Objective See. Definitely seems worth checking out.
 
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phrehdd

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Thanks for the recommendation, I had not previously come across Objective See. Definitely seems worth checking out.
Rather curious 'promo' for a product line that has no proper reviews on its own website. Additionally "heuristics" are certainly used by some major anti-malware makers and as well signatures. I cannot comment on those tools as being effective but then again, I would never take one person's overzealous approach to pitch them either. If they interest you, then look for some legitimate reviews (not advertorials). If I seem a bit abrupt, it is because telling people to install something on their system with little or no information that can be substantiated should never be met with tacit approval.
 
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KaliYoni

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  1. I've had three Objective-See utilities installed on my system for several years: RansomWhere?, What's Your Sign, and KnockKnock. I would happily install them on any system I own.
  2. Patrick Wardle, Objective-See's owner and developer, was well respected in a formerly very active online Mac troubleshooting community I participated in on macintouch.com .
  3. I've had the free version of Malwarebytes on my machine for a long time (another tip I got from macintouch). I recommend it.
  4. "Common sense", in my view, is driven a lot by personality traits. As such, I don't regard "common sense" as a good basis for making security and privacy decisions.
 
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