I was a recent convert over also ( well I have a bunch of computers and just one apple at the moment ) and found two books that are pretty good.First time Mac user and I was going through my settings and noticed that the OS X firewall is turned off by default. I know that OS X doesn't require an antivirus, however does the same hold true for a firewall?
The more protection the better and the more places that you have protection on the better. Any modern machine has enough power that it should have it's own protection turned on besides any built in protection from router/cable modem etc.Ah I understand. So if I'm connecting a laptop via Wi-Fi to my router, the hardware firewall is all that is required? Does the same hold true for Windows computers?
Yes, it holds true for any computer, any operating system. As long as you have a good hardware firewall, properly configured, you're as safe as can be. BUT, this doesn't protect you from malware, viruses etc... (on Windows PC's that is). It only protects you from those turkey's trying to hack into your network or computer.Ah I understand. So if I'm connecting a laptop via Wi-Fi to my router, the hardware firewall is all that is required? Does the same hold true for Windows computers?