You have been misled. Macs do not need any AV protection at this time. Webroot may actually have a negative affect on the operation of your MBP. If you want to occasionally check your unit, download Sophos from the Internet. It is FREE.
On the basis of our resident AV expert, I also recommend either VirusBarrier Express or Dr. Web Light, both from the App Store. They're both free, and since they're from the App Store, they can't destabilize the system. Both have some of the best detection rates out there, according to his testing.
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... Should I install Webroot or not? Thanks
Whatever Best Buy tells you do to, you will probably be better off doing the opposite. "80% secure / 20% chance" is a ludicrously inappropriate metric.
Do not install Webroot. If you already did, uninstall it according to its uninstallation instructions, and ensure its complete and total eradication from your new Mac. The vast majority of complaints on this support site are directly attributable to using useless junk like Webroot.
OS X already includes everything it needs to protect itself from viruses and malware. Keep it updated with software updates from Apple.
A much better question is "how should I protect my Mac":
- Never install any product that claims to "speed up", "clean up", "optimize", or "accelerate" your Mac. Without exception, they will do the opposite.
- Never install pirated or "cracked" software, software obtained from dubious websites, or other questionable sources. Illegally obtained software is almost certain to contain malware.
- Don’t supply your password in response to a popup window requesting it, unless you know what it is and the reason your credentials are required.
- Don’t open email attachments from email addresses that you do not recognize, or click links contained in an email:
- Most of these are scams that direct you to fraudulent sites that attempt to convince you to disclose personal information.
- Such "phishing" attempts are the 21st century equivalent of a social exploit that has existed since the dawn of civilization. Don’t fall for it.
- Apple will never ask you to reveal personal information in an email. If you receive an unexpected email from Apple saying your account will be closed unless you take immediate action, just ignore it. If your iTunes or App Store account becomes disabled for valid reasons, you will know when you try to buy something or log in to this support site, and are unable to.
- Don’t install browser extensions unless you understand their purpose. Go to the Safari menu > Preferences > Extensions. If you see any extensions that you do not recognize or understand, simply click the Uninstall button and they will be gone.
- Don’t install Java unless you are certain that you need it:
- Java, a non-Apple product, is a potential vector for malware. If you are required to use Java, be mindful of that possibility.
- Disable Java in Safari > Preferences > Security.
- Block browser popups: Safari menu > Preferences > Security > and check "Block popup windows":
- Popup windows are useful and required for some websites, but popups have devolved to become a common means to deliver targeted advertising that you probably do not want.
- Popups themselves cannot infect your Mac, but many contain resource-hungry code that will slow down Internet browsing.
- If you ever see a popup indicating it detected registry errors, that your Mac is infected with some ick, or that you won some prize, it is 100% fraudulent. Ignore it.
- Ignore hyperventilating popular media outlets that thrive by promoting fear and discord with entertainment products arrogantly presented as "news". Learn what real threats actually exist and how to arm yourself against them:
- The most serious threat to your data security is phishing. To date, most of these attempts have been pathetic and are easily recognized, but that is likely to change in the future as criminals become more clever.
- OS X viruses do not exist, but intentionally malicious or poorly written code, created by either nefarious or inept individuals, is nothing new.
- Never install something without first knowing what it is, what it does, how it works, and how to get rid of it when you don’t want it any more.
- If you elect to use "anti-virus" software, familiarize yourself with its limitations and potential to cause adverse effects, and apply the principle immediately preceding this one.
- Most such utilities will only slow down and destabilize your Mac while they look for viruses that do not exist, conveying no benefit whatsoever - other than to make you "feel good" about security, when you should actually be exercising sound judgment, derived from accurate knowledge, based on verifiable facts.
- Do install updates from Apple as they become available. No one knows more about Macs and how to protect them than the company that builds them.
Summary: Use common sense and caution when you use your Mac, just like you would in any social context. There is no product, utility, or magic talisman that can protect you from all the evils of mankind.
Best Buy gave me the 6 month free Webroot, and told me I needed it.
BB did you a disservice as it's simply a ploy to get you to pay for something you probably don't need six months from now. This testing was done back in January, but note that Webroot performed at the bottom of the list of A-V software tested. If you decide you need it, there are many better choices, many of them free.
Okay you guys are a little delusional, it is just as easy to get a virus on a MAC as it is a PC, and most people get infected without even knowing i recommend that you go take a look at this site http://www.reedcorner.net/mmg/. Also there is a history of keyloggers and other malware on the MAC. So anyone who says a MAC can not get infected is wrong.
The big thing to remember is that make sure you do not open emails with attachments from people you do not know, and also do not got running oud websites that you do not recognize. I have had more that one friend get java and flash infections that wreak havoc. Also that Crpto locker virus it will work on a mac and that thing is EVIL. The major reason MAC's do not have as many infections is because you are the minority. The goal of most infections is to steal information and passwords so if your goal was to was to get your infection on the most systems possible who would you target, the minority or the vast overwhelming majority of systems.
it is just as easy to get a virus on a MAC as it is a PC
That isn't really true, for a number of reasons, but I don't think it's really worth discussing here. I understand your point.
Most of what you've said is generally true but not exactly.
There has never been a reported instance of being infected by simply reading an e-mail. Following a link or opening an attachment, yes, but so far reading and not acting won't infect you.
Keyloggers for OS X are almost all commercial or hack software that has legitamate purposes (e.g. parental control), requires physical access or approved sharing of the computer and won't be detected by most all A-V software for fear of causing False Alarms. Governments may have found ways to do it through malware, but I doubt anybody really knows enough to comment here.
Almost all of this is explained on Mr. Reed's site. I've read it all, refer users to it all the time and am a frequent contributor.
Please don't use my site as an excuse to attack people, especially when you follow up the link to my site with some outright misinformation (like the claim that CryptoLocker works on the Mac - it does not). Also, note that nobody here said anything about it being impossible for Macs to be infected with malware, so calling these folks "delusional" on that basis makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
It's hard enough to have reasonable, rational discussions of anti-virus software here without throwing things like name-calling and inaccurate information into the mix. You are not helping your cause.
I did turn my firewall on, so I should turn it off? I do use file sharing with my iPad. Also what is your opinion for using 1 password for my banking, credit cards etc,?
Link doesn't usually respond to requests such as this and may no longer be monitoring the discussion.
As far as your Firewall is concerned, I don't think there is much more to be said beyond what he already wrote:
It's disabled by default and you should leave it that way if you're behind a router on a private home or office network. Activate it only when you're on an untrusted network, for instance a public Wi-Fi hotspot, where you don't want to provide services.
So you didn't tell us your circumstances. If you are wired into your router or using WiFi with a strong WPA2 password and your router hasn't been hacked then it's firewall will fully protect you there. Leaving it on will very slightly slow your internet connections, but I doubt that you would even notice it. If you carry your computer to Starbucks, then you must turn your Firewall on. For additional information read Do I need a firewall from a colleague of mine.
If 1Password works for you, then you should probably use it. I own it, but have continued to use LastPass for several months now.
This is very informative. Thank you.
I have been using Kaspersky for my Windows laptop and noticed they now make a version for Macs so I downloaded the free trial. Last night, whilst using Pages to edit some of my writing, the cursor got stuck in one location and the keyboard would not work even though I could move a copy of the cursor "I" on the screen but it would do nothing and the other cursor (the real one) was still stuck in the same location on the text. I tried to do the alt-command-escape which I saw is the equivalent of control-alt-del but nothing happened. The MacBook Pro Retina went to sleep. I woke it up. Never got the login screen which I normally get. In the end, desperate to end this crash, I turned off the netbook using the on/off key. When I switched it back on again, everything was working as expected, but I was scared to go back to editing lest it would happen again. Now I am thinking that maybe it was the Kaspersky that caused the crash. Kaspersky has been a very reliable provider of internet security all these years and is recommended by my bank which actually provides me with free copies. In their site, they mention that as Macs are becoming ever more popular, the hackers are now turning their attention to them. It is hard to know what to believe.
With regards to key loggers, I agree that someone must actually gain access to your unit to install one. My ex did that. He was one jealous and sad person! but it was upsetting when I discovered it because I could see all my activity and passwords which made me feel really insecure and exposed.
About Java: I need it to play my favourite game (RuneScape). Are you saying that by granting permission to this page to run, I am exposing myself to threats? (other than 13 year old PKers? LOL) And what about the Adobe Flash Player that most games are using nowadays? Is this unsafe, too?