Protection Issues from a Newb!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jadedxsyn, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. jadedxsyn macrumors member

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    Hey guys!

    First off, I'm very glad to have found this forum. I did a big Google search trying to find a forum that'd be good for a newbie to Mac. After a few years, I've decided to succumb to all the Mac buzz!

    I just recently purchased a Macbook Pro & I'm very happy with it. I've Googled a bunch of articles & whatnot about Security & A/V software pertaining to my new laptop.

    You guys are the experts so I was just wondering if I should be downloading any other A/V, Spyware, or a firewall..

    I'm very cautious about my computer's security since my entire job revolves around me being able to answer email, be on the internet, & etc.

    So any & all advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. andy.barron macrumors 6502

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    Hey welcome!

    Your router will have a firewall etc.

    Don't really understand your worries, could you be more specific?
     
  3. jadedxsyn thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey & thanks for the fast reply! :)

    Well, I don't really have any certain thing I'm worried about. I'm just worried about viruses, infections, etc. I'm very new to Mac! With my Vaio I had a boatload of anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewalls, etc. I just want to make sure my computer is safe. I usually use a direct Ethernet or wireless connection bc my router's messed up.

    Thanks!
     
  4. ZballZ macrumors regular

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    Welcome to the world of mac! You'll love it!

    I switched about 2.5 years ago - and as you my pc was stuffed with firewalls and antivirus and antyspyware-apps.

    So I switched, and was told not to worry about this anymore. I have had NO ANTIVIRUS of any sort on my macbook pro the entire time. About last month I thought I might to a check - so I downloaded an antivirus-app and let it do a complete scan of everything. It took about 3-4 hours - and guess what - NOTHING!

    Based on my experience - dont worry about it. Antivirus-apps will just hog your system! And you dont need it!


    PS: ...and I am not a paranoid user. I use the internet for anything, download a bunch of stuff...
     
  5. panosg77 macrumors newbie

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    Well, the wonderful thing about Macs is that you don't have to worry about security, that is to the extent that Windows users do. There is really absolutely no need for A/V software of any kind on your Mac, since Windows viruses cannot in any way harm your machine.

    In the case that you have decided to run Windows alongside OS X however, you will have to use A/V software just as you would do on any Windows PC.

    Hope I answered your question :)

    P.S. I have been using Macs since 2002. Since then I have not had a single security issue. Bear in mind however that you will have to update OS X when prompted to by Software Update.
     
  6. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    Well, if you don't have router between your mac and th net it's important the firewall is turned on. OS X already provide an integrated firewall software but I suggest you repair you router for better security. Similarly to windows if you use a wireless connection be sure to use at least WPA.
     
  7. shaunymac macrumors 6502

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    I know that you might be a little paranoid not running 3 or 4 test to confirm that it really is "safe" to use your computer when you start it up, but that was then and this is now :D. You have to break yourself of that negativity because the mac will have none. Ill give you a quick story like some of the others have offered just to help of breaking you in your addiction of running spyware and a/v programs. Lets see, I had an iBook G4 1.33 and a PowerMac G3 "The Beast" :) , and ran those for around two years. I got norton for free so I ran it for fun to see what it would or could find. After 2 years on both machines which were accessing the internet, getting emails, etc. it found NOTHING. Needless to say, I haven't done that since on any of my other macs. I sure hope my Macbook Pro and Powerbook aren't infected.
     
  8. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    I trust you uninstalled Norton? seem's strange your giving antivirus advice & then say you installed Norton in the same sentence,try googling about what harm Norton can do to your Mac

    Oh nearly forgot OP if you regularly share files/e-mail attachments with PC users you may want to try clamxav to scan before you send stuff,it's free,got a small foot print,plus it wont slow your Mac down

    Enjoy your new Mac
     
  9. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    Don't use AV on your mac until there's a real reason. When a destructive virus finally does come out (and I theorize it's only a matter of time with the gain in popularity) then it will be time to get AV.

    Spyware is not an issue either.

    There have only been a few "proof of concept" Mac viruses and none of them were destructive in any way, rather they just passed a file from one mac to another.

    Really, no need to worry. I've been running Macs for YEARS w/o any issues.
     
  10. jadedxsyn thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks very much to all of you! You settled my fears, lol!

    I've definitely been stuck in the Windows-based paranoia from past security breaches. I've had my Mac for about a week now & I'm loving it - best decision I've made to date!
     

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