Norton™ Internet Security 5 for Mac® (For OS X 10.7 Lion) worth the money?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by tbluhp, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. tbluhp macrumors 6502a

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    is this product worth the money if no is there something smiler to this that offers security for my mac? I'm not looking for virius scanner I wanted something that helps protect my security.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    gawd no.

    Common sense and a firewall are all you need.

    The various "security" programs often leave system more vulnerable than before.
     
  3. wpotere Guest

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    You don't need anything. OSx gives you great security with a solid built in firewall.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep your Mac malware-free. 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. You cannot infect your Mac simply by visiting a website, unzipping a file, opening an email attachment or joining a network. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which cannot infect your Mac unless you actively install them, and they can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.

    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall
    2. Uncheck "Enable Java" in Safari > Preferences > Security.
    3. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General
    4. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you're not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.
    5. Never let someone else have physical access to install anything on your Mac.
    That's all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any virus, trojan, spyware, keylogger, or other malware. You don't need any 3rd party software to keep your Mac secure.
     
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    No, totally not worth it at all. Just be a wise user and don't visit or click on anything you're not sure of.

    Be sure to read up on what GGJstudios posted. You'll be fine.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Norton has absolutely awful mac products.

    Plus why in the world would you want to give money to a security company that was hacked 6 years ago, didn't know it, and now is dealing with the prospect that their source code being stolen by Anonymous

    Ars Article
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's true, and it's no wonder! The original Norton doesn't exactly inspire confidence! :D

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    By the way, maflynn, your new avatar looks great!
     
  8. cariocap macrumors member

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    Not completely true. It's a big piece of crap for windows too. :)
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What isn't completely true? I never said it wasn't crap on Windows.
     
  10. anupash macrumors newbie

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    If u are crazy about security and malware go for free alternatives like ClamAv or Sophos. Norton isn't a good alternative even for Windows. Don't pay money something might not be so effective and make ur computer slow.


    On the other note if you are on Windows Microsoft Security essential and common sense can prevent you from all malwares and viruses.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Sophos should be avoided, as it could actually increase your Mac's vulnerability, as described here and here... and here.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    Thanks, I can't lay claim to making it, just made it fit the size of an avatar. I grabbed it from one of the phone wallpapers I came across here or somewhere, not sure, it was on my computer and I decided to use it :D

    As for Norton on windows, it is better then some of the other competing apps, but to be honest I use the free version of AVG on windows. The problem is you need something for windows, you don't need anything for the Mac
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I thought I recognized it from a wallpaper, but it looks great as an avatar!
    I've used and recommended AVG on Windows for years and never had a single threat get through. When I first switched from Norton to AVG, it felt like I had a new computer, as AVG used far less system resources than Norton had.

    I sure don't miss Windows! :apple:
     
  14. s.m.knipe macrumors newbie

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    As said above, steer clear of Sophos and Norton, etc. Just follow the advice here and use ClamAV ("ClamXAv" has a nice GUI). I scan with ClamAV once every two weeks or so, and mainly just to protect the Windows computers on my network...
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    ClamXav is the only app I'd recommend, if someone insists on running AV. However, if the Windows PCs on your network have their own antivirus running (as they should) then even ClamXav isn't necessary. I encourage you to read: What about sending files to Windows users? from the: Mac Virus/Malware FAQ

    You can still use it if you like, but it's not needed. Also, ClamXav has a Sentry feature which, if enabled, will use significant system resources to constantly scan. Disable the Sentry feature. You don't need it. (If you're familiar with it, you may have already done this, but others may not know about this.)
     
  16. s.m.knipe macrumors newbie

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    Agreed, I am not a fan of Sentry. The windows boxes are roommates', so no guarantees on their configuration- it's more of a nicety and covering myself (they are not really very computer savvy, and would probably quickly blame my "different" OS's sadly) than concern.


    Thanks for the link to that guide though, just sent it to my sister who just got a MBPro.
     
  17. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    Just leave it at "Norton has absolutely awful products"....period
     
  18. YMark macrumors 6502a

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    Fixed that for you.
     
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It didn't need fixing. Norton products are lethargic resource hogs on any platform.
     
  20. YMark macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with you, which is why the post I quoted needed fixing.
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Credit me with an error! I read it wrong. I agree with you agreeing with me!.... agreeing with you! :D
     
  22. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    As already mentioned a bit of common sense and downloading only from legitimate sources and you will be fine.
     
  23. yeah macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure to NOT open a naked_girl.dmg file if you download it :D

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    You can also get FREE antimalware/spyware/virus/trojan protection (for windows). It's called Microsoft Security Essentials.
     
  24. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    lol i would not run anything microsoft made for anti virus or malware i remember years ago on xp when bit defender of theirs came out it deleted ie it thought it was malware
     
  25. anupash macrumors newbie

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    Gone are the days of Windows XP. Windows 7 is way better in every sense that u can think of. And I have been using security essential since 2 years works without any issue.
     

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