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OLDBMWGUY Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 14, 2013 11:17 AM

Just bought a Mac Pro Retina to go with my other Windows Laptops/desktops that are running NORTON.   I "enabled" the firewall on this bad boy but do I need to buy a MAC virus protection/firewall software package of some type for a MAC ? 

 

Thanks

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:19 AM (in response to OLDBMWGUY)

    OS X includes its own security systems as XProtect and Gatekeeper, so you don't need any additional security software which may make your computer slow or useless. Also, Windows viruses won't affect OS X, but if you will connect USB drives or external drives that you will use with PCs, I recommend you to install ClamXav just in case you transfer viruses to other computers.

     

    If you want more information about OS X and malware, see > http://www.thesafemac.com/mmg

  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 Level 6 (10,265 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:20 AM (in response to OLDBMWGUY)

    None - do not buy anything - Do not even consider Norton.

     

    If you must have one - install Sophos or ClamX AV which are both free.

     

    In any event, keeping your OS upto date is your best defense.

     

    good luck

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,985 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:20 AM (in response to OLDBMWGUY)

    Short answer: Essentially, No.

     

    Long answer:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2435

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