5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2012 1:51 PM by ilonafromcanoga park
ilonafromcanoga park Level 1 Level 1

avast antivirus wants me disable my e-mails SSL so avast can handel it for me otherwise it cant scan my mail, but is this safe? i tried to upload an image of the message but wa not allowed to load such an image (says apple) unless im just doing it wrong, thats very possible, im not to tech savy.

avast antivirus wants me disable my e-mails SSL so avast can handel it for me, id this safe?


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Solved by Alberto Ravasio on Nov 14, 2012 2:31 PM Solved

I have been using Macs since 2002. I never used an AV. I tried a couple but those rendered my computer slower, so I got rid of them.

On my actual iMac I have ClamXav the Mac App Store Version. It does not do anything until you fire it up. You have complete control of the program. It's not the opposite.

So if having an AV makes you more comfortable follow Allan advice, get rid of Avast and install ClamXav.

 

i often work off of my friends unsecure wifi connection.  im always telling her to put a password on it , but to no avail.

 

That's not good. You must insist on her.

 

Some security advice.

Always turn off unused services (System Preferences/Sharing) especially if you happen to work on "alien" network like your friend's insecure WiFi.

Never install programs of unknown origin.

Always go to the developer's site for updates.

Read twice before you click

Use your computer wisely and you are going to be safe most of the time

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 5 Level 5

    Ignore the message.

     

    The only reason Avast is telling you to disable SSL is that it cannot check your incoming and outgoing messages, because of the encryption.

     

    My question is. Do you really need an AV on your Mac?

  • ilonafromcanoga park Level 1 Level 1

    alberto,

    i dont know if i need avast. shouldnt i have some antivirus program? or is that fire something that came with snow leopard enough? i often work off of my friends unsecure wifi connection.  im always telling her to put a password on it , but to no avail.

    so should i trash avast or keep it and not turn off the SSL in my email or keep it and turn off SSL in mail and on in avast.

    thank you so much for your help

    us ignorant people really are so greatful for peeps like you

    ilona

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 Level 9
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    Get rid of Avast. It is more trouble then it is worth. This is especially true seeing as how it wants you to turn off encryption of your email as it wants you to do.

     

    Allan

  • Alberto Ravasio Level 5 Level 5

    I have been using Macs since 2002. I never used an AV. I tried a couple but those rendered my computer slower, so I got rid of them.

    On my actual iMac I have ClamXav the Mac App Store Version. It does not do anything until you fire it up. You have complete control of the program. It's not the opposite.

    So if having an AV makes you more comfortable follow Allan advice, get rid of Avast and install ClamXav.

     

    i often work off of my friends unsecure wifi connection.  im always telling her to put a password on it , but to no avail.

     

    That's not good. You must insist on her.

     

    Some security advice.

    Always turn off unused services (System Preferences/Sharing) especially if you happen to work on "alien" network like your friend's insecure WiFi.

    Never install programs of unknown origin.

    Always go to the developer's site for updates.

    Read twice before you click

    Use your computer wisely and you are going to be safe most of the time

  • ilonafromcanoga park Level 1 Level 1

    thank you for all your advise! im going to uninstall the AV program and just trust my mac. im also going to take your security advise, it makes sense.

    thanks again,

    ilona