No Firewall needed for Parallels Win7 ?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by drsox, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. drsox macrumors 65816

    drsox

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    Question to clarify what's going on when I use a Win7 Bootcamp installation in Parallels 7.
    If I never boot into Bootcamp then presumably I am protected by the OSX Firewall when I am using Parallels. Yes ?
    As I am still using Win7, then I will still be vulnerable to Win7 related virus issues etc, so I will still need an anti-virus programme. Yes ?
    If I never use Email or any Browsers in Win7, then I'm unlikely to get a downloaded virus either. Yes ?
    So my Win7 "risks" are from Win programmes that "call home" to dubious sites. Yes ?

    Thanks.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Windows in Vmware is just as vulnerable so you need just as much protection as a normal pc
     
  3. windowstomac macrumors regular

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    I treat my WIndows 7 VM as a dedicated windows box and therefore run firewall, AV as I would normally.
     

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