5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2012 8:53 AM by Rudegar
Kiwijib Level 1 (0 points)

The FBI recommends antispyware technology as one of the ways to protect our computers:


- Install or Update Your Antispyware Technology: Spyware is just what it sounds like—software that is surreptitiously installed on your computer to let others peer into your activities on the computer. Some spyware collects information about you without your consent or produces unwanted pop-up ads on yourweb browser. Some operating systems offer free spyware protection, and inexpensive software is readily available for download on the Internet or at your local computer store. Be wary of ads on the Internet offering downloadable antispyware—in some cases these products may be fake and may actually contain spyware or other malicious code. It's like buying groceries—shop where you trust.


Do Macs come with technology?  Is it available/recommended?




iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (53,540 points)



    Generally it's not necessary for OS X. OS X is incredibly secure, much more so than MS Windows and doesn't need any 3rd party anti malware, spyware, virus etc applications. While there are some trojans for OS X in the wild a user has to conciously download and install them.  Therefore only download and install from trusted sites and if you get a  popup advising you MUST download something this should be ignored.

  • Michael Black Level 6 (19,630 points)

    One of the advantages of OS X is it is a POSIX-standard UNIX operating system at its core.  For something like a spyware app to install, it is going to need adminstrative permission to do so - otherwise it cannot access the files, kernel extensions and so forth that it needs.


    Windows, unfortunately, will grant an installer admin permission with a mouse click by anyone who is an admin on the machine.  OS X requires that you enter your admin password each time admin access is requested/required by an application trying to write to areas of the system outside of the immediate user directory.


    So, as mentioned, beware of what you download and from where you get it, and if a dialog box pops up unexpectedly asking for your admin password, don't just blindly type it in.  If it is a trusted download/installer that you consciously sought out, downloaded and double clicked on to execute, then you have done your due diligence.  But if you click on a web page and suddenly an installer pops up wanting your admin password, DON'T enter it.


    I've been using OS X since it was released in beta form, and have never once had an issue with spyware, malware, viruses, trojans or whatever on any of my machines (I've received emails from people with viruses attached to them, but they were Windows executables and could do nothing on my machines).  I've also been hammered by port scans on machines with sftp and remote access enabled, but no one was ever able to actually breach those OS X machines.

  • Kiwijib Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the quick responses!

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (53,540 points)

    Your welcome, also please read Michael's post he has some thoughtful and insightful information. 

  • Rudegar Level 7 (24,670 points)

    but as apple gain market shares more and more  focus will be aimed at osx

    and if people install apps from adoube such as acrobat reader and flash sooner or later

    it will become a problem


    flash and adoube are the biggests security issue creating apps on windows