I'm not sure, but I think that some firewalls can hide their PC in stealth mode. So you become sort of invisible to everyone out there.applekid said:It's still messy how we're getting attacked as nearly much as the XP SP1 machine was. What does it mean?
Sure, the OS X machine was sound even with all of those attacks, but how can those other OSes receive much less attacks?
'stealth' is in Tigers firewall and it is **** (just like on windoze).moot said:I'm not sure, but I think that some firewalls can hide their PC in stealth mode. So you become sort of invisible to everyone out there.
I think (but dont know) that the standard firewall in OSX doesn't have Stealth. So they can see us and try to get in. But, of course, fail miserably.
The attack attempts were surely still there (at least the probing will still happen), but the firewall suppressed them.applekid said:Sure, the OS X machine was sound even with all of those attacks, but how can those other OSes receive much less attacks?
nagromme said:So I assume they set the Mac up WITHOUT using OS X's built-in Firewall? (Macs may ship with ports closed but I've never seen one with the Firewall On out of the box. A simple one-click activation though.)
Related (from August):
In the olden days you only needed a six month old hard disk copy of a piece of reputable virus software and the ocasional password.cyberintrusions are fast becoming an ingrained part of the Internet. Compromised PCs fueled a 150% surge in suspicious security activity per machine per day in the third quarter of this year, compared with a year ago
Which means that you have just the two open, all the other ports are closed.redAPPLE said:so, do i now have to activate all firewall options in system preferences? i just activated "personal file sharing" and "itunes music sharing".
others are deactivated.
Just got a new iMac G5 (which is great, by the way) and the firewall was definitely off. I was a bit surprised, but then turned it on. It does block Airtunes and such without a bit of tweaking, so maybe they thought it was better to have almost all of the ports turned off rather than having a general firewall running. (You can easily enable the iTunes related network activity, by the way).fabsgwu said:I thought the OS X comes with the firewall on out of the box... I could be wrong, but at any rate, it's very easy to turn on.
The best way to explain how to set this up is to give a small lesson on what these routers actually do.mkrishnan said:So anyone care to do a FAQ tutorial for me? I looked around for information on how to set up the firewall in the AEBS for good security and I just have no idea what I'm doing. I've got my OS X firewall going, but I'm not sure exactly what the AEBS is doing....