Some ?'s for new system, specifics on security

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scooterguitar, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. scooterguitar macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2008
    I appreciate your help in advance! Been awhile since I had a mac...and then I wasn't too versed with it.
    1. I know I don't need to use virus protection and such, but do I need to enable the firewall? If so, what box do I need to check to protect myself from people on the internet stealing paypal info, etc? I don't care about protecting it from people in my home.
    I set up another non admin account (per suggestions), but I am prevents things from downloading via prompting for admin info, but I'm unsure if this is what I want...Say I want to download a program/app from Apple's downloads page, will it prompt for admin would it be pointless if I have no clue if there is malware attached/contained in that file?MY ? would be, how can I automatically block suspected malware/virus,etc such as I have with security programs on PC? I have read both views over and over on it not being needed and it being needed. I am more worried about making my financial info safe when I am using it online, is this a firewall thing or other? I could use some detailed help on this please

    2. Without adjusting display ratio, is there a way to make the fonts always larger without always having to resize, such as menus, safari windows, etc? Tried the suggested links below, can't find anything, but I do recall reading on here that there is no way to have it automatically set. This screen is so big and the std. fonts are little.

    3. What do I need to do keep the computer running healthy/clean? Empty trash, clear cache, passwords, etc? Anything else you might suggest?

    Thank you so much for your time and help
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen

    Firewall -
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    And MRoogle will answer you many of your questions.

    Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files. - text - videos - text - shortcuts

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