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Old 01-04-06, 09:21 AM
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What anti-virus software should I be running on my MAC?

I had heard they have a built in firewall but I'm sure there's something else I should bee doing with a broadband connection. Suggestions?
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Old 01-04-06, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by heavywear
I had heard they have a built in firewall but I'm sure there's something else I should bee doing with a broadband connection. Suggestions?
There are no known viruses for MacOS X. But there are products like Symantec AV if you really want to spend the money. I suppose there is the possibility of a MS Office macro virus. I've never had virus software on any Mac I've owned.
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Old 01-04-06, 02:35 PM
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None...just use web based email and you should be fine.
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Don't waste your money. Welcome to the virus free world of computing.
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Originally Posted by heavywear
What anti-virus software should I be running on my MAC?
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Old 01-04-06, 04:09 PM
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Thanks to all. I just check email via aol online so it sounds like I'm good. I just feel a little bit naked out there - ha!

I am running Tiger as well, 10.4.3 I think
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With all platforms, safe practices are the number one way to protect yourself. Security through obscurity isn't security at all. I'm not saying you need to run out and buy antivirus software, far from it. Just keep watching yourself and noticing when anything strange starts happening, get on a security alert mail list, whatever. Good luck!
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Old 01-04-06, 11:22 PM
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If you feel the need to run the occasional scan, I recommend ClamAV. It's open source and free.
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Old 01-08-06, 04:11 AM
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Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike
With all platforms, safe practices are the number one way to protect yourself. Security through obscurity isn't security at all.
Actually, security solely through obscurity isn't security at all. Security supplemented by obscurity is actually pretty good.

That said, it's been over 8 years since I bothered to put any anti-virus software on any of my Macs. The last major virus/worm for Macs was Auto-Start in 1998, and that spread through physical media (floppy, CD-ROM). There's never been one that spread through e-mail or direct network connections.
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