Security recomendations

Discussion in 'macOS' started by vevierta, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. vevierta macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2009
    I was wondering if anyone could help me with some recomendations on security software for the OsX platform. I know there aren't many viruses around, but I have been using Virusbarrier x6 until I just recently reinstalled. I only have a few months left on my subscription so I figured it was time to check out other options.

    I know Sophos just released a free 'Home' edition of their mac antivirus.

    I was wondering if anyone knew of a better program for net security?

    I will be doing a lot of travel, and want to keep my information safe, is there any disk security programs you'd recommend? Maybe to create a password protected partition, or lock folders...

    I've heard of espionage before, but wasn't too stoked with that program.

    Any help would be great. Thanks, and happy native american genocide day!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Zero, to be exact. You don't need anti-virus software on your Mac. Just be careful not to install pirated software or software from porn sites, turn off Java (not JavaScript) on your web browser, and think carefully before entering your administrator password, and you'll be fine.

    Mac Virus/Malware Info
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I second what GGJstudios says. Just be smart about how you use the Internet and you'll be fine.
  4. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    I second/third the info given by GGJStudios above re: viruses.

    This is a separate issue, I'm assuming you're taking about how safe your data is should your laptop be stolen or physically accessed by an intruder as opposed to remotely compromised.

    Check out the built-in File Vault in OS X. You can also look at Knox, by the same people who make the excellent 1Password application.
  5. bigsnowdog macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2009
    Software from porn sites?
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes. An old trick is for a porn site to offer to show a video, but claim that you need a codec or special viewer to view it. When you download and install the app, you install a trojan along with it.
  7. bender o macrumors 6502

    bender o

    Mar 14, 2009
    I just don't download anything, if it won't show on the browser I won't watch it that's it :p

    And navigating in private helps with tracking cookies doesn't it?
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Cookies are not a threat, as far as malware is concerned. Private Browsing doesn't eliminate cookies while you're browsing a site. It simply means they're not retained after you leave the site.

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