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MBonde70 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 20, 2012 11:42 AM

do you need anti virus on a Mac?

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LordZedd Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 12:13 PM (in response to MBonde70)

    Yes. All computers need it.

     

    Go to the MacApp store and download Norton's iAntivirus, free.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 12:14 PM (in response to MBonde70)

    No. OS X already includes everything it needs to protect itself from viruses.

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  • LordZedd Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 12:32 PM (in response to John Galt)

    John, that is false information.

    OSX does not have any antivirus protection built-in. Apple puts out security patches AFTER a major threat has been identified but they do not protect against all known virus, worm and trojan.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 1:03 PM (in response to MBonde70)

    MBonde70 wrote:

     

    but why do the sell anti virus to mac then?

     

    Because fear is a highly effective sales tool. Fear thrives in ignorance. Ignorance is abundant.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 1:09 PM (in response to LordZedd)

    LordZedd wrote:

     

    OSX does not have any antivirus protection built-in.

     

    I disagree with you. So does Apple.

     

    Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard and later checks for malware

    Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard and later builds upon the existing unsafe file type check by also checking for known instances of "malware", or malicious software. When you open a quarantined file, the file quarantine feature will check to see if it may include known malware.

     

    OS X: About Gatekeeper

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,145 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 1:13 PM (in response to MBonde70)

    If you are using a Router and getting your IP Address via DHCP (which is essentially always when using WiFi) you are not visible, and not reachable form the Internet. The only BIG problem remaining is your own cautiousness.

     

    Thomas Reed, a long-time contributor to the forums, has a white paper on the subject that I recommend heartily:

     

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

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 1:14 PM (in response to MBonde70)

    MBonde70 wrote:

     

    so i dont need anti virus for my 2 macbooks???

     

    You are missing the point. You already have it. It is incorporated in OS X.

     

    You don't seriously believe that someone knows how to protect OS X from viruses and malware better than the engineers who developed it, do you?

  • LordZedd Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 1:30 PM (in response to John Galt)

    John, that is false information.

    Ignorance is the belief your computer is immune to threats.

  • LordZedd Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 1:33 PM (in response to John Galt)

    You don't seriously believe that someone knows how to protect *any OS* from viruses and malware better than the engineers who developed it, do you?

    Are you serious?

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  • LordZedd Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 1:49 PM (in response to MBonde70)

    There are several free options to protect your machine from viruses.

     

    Another thing to consider is that its not just you that you are protecting, its everyone else your data comes in contact with, especially windows users. The good scanners like iAntivirus also scan for Windows virsues. They won't harm OSX, but if you use Bootcamp or have a virtual Windows machine running it can infect them or be spread through your e-mail or USB sticks.

     

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Oct 20, 2012 1:46 PM (in response to LordZedd)

    News flash: Windows ≠ OS X.

     

    When fear fails, try deception. It is also a highly effective sales tool.

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