What is the safest web browser for Mac users??

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  1. jon08 macrumors 65816

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    Ok, well I'm currently using Safari on my MBP, but I've heard it didn't have the anti-phishing system integrated in it and what not (or perhaps it used to be like that, and they've fixed it by now?), so I was wondering if it would be a better idea to switch to Firefox?

    Or what?

    Please let me know...
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    So why do you need anti-phishing when Common Sense 2009 works just as well?

    I'm partial to Safari and FireFox.
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Everyone seems to want the computer to protect you from everything. As previous post says "Common Sense 2009" is better than any built-in phishing. Even if you have a built-in phish facility, you can't depend on it to be perfect. You can easily get the false sense of safety and not be skeptical of anything that shows up. I use mostly Firefox with McAfee site advisor plug-in, but I still watch what I am doing.
     
  4. QueenZ macrumors 6502

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    Firefox all the way! If you don't use 3rd party addons :D
     
  5. jon08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Now what's "Common Sense 2009"??

    Well it's just that before switching to MBP I had been a long-time Firefox user, but since I switched the OS I figured I'd also switch the web browser. But the other day I read something about Paypal claiming Safari wasn't safe in terms of anti-phishing, that's why I was asking whether Firefox would still be the best choice because I know Firefox is pretty decent in terms of that. And besides, I actually liked some of the Firefox' features better, but still I wouldn't want to take the features over safety.
     
  6. Diaresi macrumors regular

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    By that reasoning Windows would have as many in the wild viruses as Mac OS X. You target the largest amount of people without common sense. You think that box on Mac OS X where you have to enter in your password will stop a large amount of people installing a virus? The answer would be no...

    Anyway, Apple recently added in anti-phishing into Safari so it's secure in that respect. But generally I would say to never use the default browser in any OS - that's the way people attack the system since on every install of Mac OS X there's Safari, on Windows it's IE...etc.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  8. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    This.
     
  9. messedkid macrumors 6502

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    :rolleyes:
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Haven't run anti-virus in some time on Windows and never on OS X.
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Nonsense. Internet Explorer's problems have nothing to do with the fact that it is the default browser for Windows. It's problem grow out of the fact that it is badly designed. There are no exploits of Safari. I may have missed a news report, but I know of no exploits of the default browser in your favorite distro of Linux. Correct me if I am wrong about that last point.
     
  12. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    It really doesn't matter. The latest version of Safari brought anti-phishing so use whatever you prefer. And as others have said, using common sense rules over any software.
     
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  14. jofima macrumors member

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    I've heard the upgrades from the previous version are very costly. On the other hand, there may be used ones on eBay.
     
  15. jon08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Do these come with the package, or do you need to download them separately?
     
  16. MyJelleo macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77 Safari/525.20)

    Internet Explorer is by far the most secure.
     
  17. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Only because the latest Mac version prevents you from browsing any websites at all.
     
  18. MyJelleo macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5G77 Safari/525.20)

    Exactly. Nothing protects from the Internet more than a program that keeps you from using it.
     
  19. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You download them separately. They install in about 10 seconds though.
     
  20. TopDog5450, Nov 17, 2013
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    WhiteHat Aviator is the safest and most secure browser for Mac OS X.
     

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