How secure is the firewall?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by laststanding, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. laststanding macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2009
    I was wondering do u think inbuilt firewall in MAC OS X is secure enough for public cafes etc. Or would you need something else .. 3rd party firewall to stay secure when you are out in public spots.

    Any suggestin towards particular product. Also do share some insight on how secure inbuilt firewall is
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    You'll be fine without a firewall, unless someone really wants to attack you, or you get hit with a trojan.

    There are 2 firewalls built into OS X 10.5. The first is the application firewall in System Preferences, which is mediocre.

    The second is IPFW, which is a standard UNIX firewall and is the best firewall out there, but Apple has it disabled by default. You can configure it with the command line or with a free program called WaterRoof.
  3. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Both of Leopard's firewalls will do a fine job.

    Just don't enable any "sharing" services that you don't need, and you'll be fine.
  4. laststanding thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2009
    Thanks for the info!
  5. afrknvylet macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2009
    mac novice

    can you say a little more about waterroof? i think this is what i am looking for, as i seem to be getting a bunch of attack messages as of late - virus warnings, download this anti-spyware, etc. thankfully, my mac has been fine and nothing has been compromised but since everyone is against AV programs, then perhaps this is in order.

  6. PeteB macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    These aren't likely to be real messages. They're more likely to be pop-ups from your browser from web sites that want to infect (typically Windows) computers with their spamware.

    Configuring a pop-up blocker in your internet browser will reduce these "warnings" significantly.

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