The Mac Firewall

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Harmush, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. Harmush macrumors 6502a

    Harmush

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2008
    Location:
    Liverpool
    #1
    Can someone explain it too me?
    I am really confused!
     
  2. gusious macrumors 65816

    gusious

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2007
    Location:
    Greece
    #2
    Why? What you don't get it? It's like all the other firewalls!
     
  3. Harmush thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Harmush

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2008
    Location:
    Liverpool
    #3
    is it on all the time or is it off. which setting should it be on out the three there. its not like any other firewall i seen. i just wanna make sure am protected. for obvious reasons.
     
  4. hughvane macrumors 6502

    hughvane

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    Location:
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    #4
    Okay, now your question is a little clearer. MacOS firewall is active all the time your computer is on, it's part of the OS, you cannot stop it. It prevents unwanted intrusion into your computer. If you want to learn more about how it works etc, go to:
    http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/03/15/firewall.html?page=1

    You can modify the Mac firewall. Go to System Preferences > Sharing > Firewall. I for example have only the Personal File Sharing option ticked, which means that access to my computer can only get to the Shared folder in my User account. If you want to make your computer ultra safe, uncheck all those access options, then no-one but you has access to your computer when you're connected to the internet.
     
  5. Harmush thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Harmush

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2008
    Location:
    Liverpool
    #5
    thank you very much.
    i didnt notice any of that. this is my first few days on the mac system of any kind.
     
  6. hughvane macrumors 6502

    hughvane

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    Location:
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    #6
    Well done for asking questions - that's a good way to find answers. Enjoy your Mac experience.

    Cheers ..... Hugh
     
  7. gusious macrumors 65816

    gusious

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2007
    Location:
    Greece
    #7
    Mine is set to "allow only essential services". It blocks almost everything. Never had an intrusion...!:)

    Oh, and congrats for your new Mac! Feel free to ask anything you want in here!:)
     
  8. Harmush thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Harmush

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2008
    Location:
    Liverpool
    #8
    thank you. i think thats what u set mine to the same. i just wanted too know, its not worth the risk too me. internet banking and the such.

    thanks guys
     
  9. gusious macrumors 65816

    gusious

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2007
    Location:
    Greece

Share This Page