No Firewall needed for Parallels Win7 ?

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.
 

maflynn

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Windows in Vmware is just as vulnerable so you need just as much protection as a normal pc
 

windowstomac

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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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