Stay protected in Mac OS

Discussion in 'macOS' started by diegobgr, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. diegobgr macrumors 6502

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    Hi.

    Well, I come from Windows, so I used to be worry about viruses and malware.

    Now, Mac OS.

    Should I do anything to stay protected? My no.1 rule is Common Sense.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Rule #1 covered it all
    No need for anything else
     
  3. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    As long as your number 1 rule is common sense then you have NO need for antivirus/antimalware on the Mac OS. Of course, I guess the same could be said of Windows, but it is even more true of Mac.

    EDIT: IF you share files with a Windows computer, an on-demand virus scanner is handy, just to prevent copying a file that might infect your Windows computer.
     
  4. diegobgr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your replies ;)

    Well, I share files with Windows, but both Windows computers are protected with antivirus, antimalware...and I usually full scan them once a month.
     
  5. Xian Zhu Xuande macrumors 6502a

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    If you follow tech news (probably since you're using this forum?) you'll know about any real Mac malware threat which actually comes along. Through the entire history of OS X you pretty much had to be doing some pretty reckless things to have encountered malware and let it cause trouble. I guess the only advice I would have for someone is to be a little extra cautious if they pirate software.

    A passive anti-virus scanner (there are free options) is nice if you want to scan documents before sending them over to Windows. Unless you had a good reason, I wouldn't infect your Mac with a 'real' anti-virus program (like Norton)—the slowdowns and problems just aren't worth it.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No need on a Mac: Mac Virus/Malware Info
     

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