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Alan House Calculating status...
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Nov 11, 2012 5:37 AM

do i need a security software for my mac

  • Radiation Mac Level 5 Level 5 (4,630 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:52 AM (in response to Alan House)

    Many advanced Users will say no, pointing out  all the builtin security features that Mountain Lion contains, IF they are all activated (Firewall, etc.)  And 3rd party AntiVirus software can tend to slow down your system a little, since its always running in the background.  That being said, if you still would feel safer running something, ClamXAV is recommended in these Forums by some often and it is Free: 

     

            http://www.clamxav.com

     

     

    Hope this helps

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:52 AM (in response to Alan House)

    http://www.reedcorner.net/mmg/

    If you mean something else please expand upon your requirements. You do secretive work?

  • dominic23 Level 6 Level 6 (18,430 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:53 AM (in response to Alan House)

    There is no need for any special security software for a Mac.

     

    Install all system, applications and security updates released by Apple.

     

    If you have third party applications installed, keep them updated.

     

    If you wish to have any anti-virus software installed, ClamXav is the one to get.

     

     

    Best.

  • applenerd504 Calculating status...
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:59 AM (in response to Alan House)

    If you like, you can download security software from the Mac App Store, websites, or disc. The Mac already comes with firewall protection, Gatekeeper, FileVault 2, and other protection features. It cannot, however, scan your Mac for viruses or other malware. I would recommend iAntivirus, from the Mac App Store, availabe for free.

    MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 6:09 AM (in response to Alan House)

    As long as you practice good security habits (use secure passwords, recommended security settings, avoid scams, download only from reputable sites), probably not. And antivirus software which constantly monitors can slow your system. See some info here and here.

     

    Most ISPs already scan for malware, so the danger of passing something along to other users is low.

  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 6:33 AM (in response to applenerd504)

    applenerd, have you used iAntivirus? What has been your experience?

    It is now a Symantec/Norton product and I have eschewed them for some time, now, as they were problematic resource-hogs.

  • applenerd504 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 6:36 AM (in response to Alan House)

    Whatever you do, DO NOT install MacKeeper, MacDefender, MacGuard, etc. It is a virus.

  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 6:38 AM (in response to Alan House)

    I'd avoid either mackeeper or kaspersky. If you really feel you need AV software, use ClamXav or Sophos. And they're free. See here and here.

  • applenerd504 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 6:42 AM (in response to drdocument)

    I  admit, Norton is not the best, but my experience with iAntivirus was not bad at all. It scans your Mac, or certian things fairly quickly for me. It also had an easy to use interface. However it does not protect against phishing, for that I would recommend ClamXAV.

  • applenerd504 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 7:25 AM (in response to Alan House)

    Basically. MacKeeper is a virus, and I would put iAntivirus at 2nd best.

  • the0pticnerve Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to Alan House)

    This: There is no need for any special security software for a Mac.

  • Russa Level 4 Level 4 (1,315 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 8:21 AM (in response to Alan House)

    Yes, in my opinion. It's a religous thing as you can tell in this forum. Although there aren't many viruses and malware on the Mac,  an AV package might prevent transfering something to one of your Windoz friends thru email. Most AV software is signature based; so if it's a known vulnerability then you're covered. I use Intego Virus Barrier 6. It also has anomaly detection features built-in which is better than you might get from other vendors; including the free ones.

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