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    Is your Mac safe?

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    Are the Linux systems next?


    From the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7760344.stm

    Apple has urged Mac owners to use anti-virus software.

    In a note posted on its support site in late November, Apple said it wanted to "encourage" people to use anti-virus to stay safe online.

    The move is widely seen as a response to the growing trend among cyber criminals of booby-trapping webpages that can catch out Mac users.

    Before now Mac users have been largely free of the security problems that plague Microsoft's Windows.


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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    The BBC page you linked to above has since been updated:
    <hr><big>Apple removes anti-virus advice</big>

    A media storm created by a note on the Apple website has proved to be one in a teacup.

    The note urged Mac owners to use anti-virus software which commentators saw as a change in strategy for a firm that had regarded itself as virus-proof.

    Media outlets and blogs, including the BBC, saw the advice as a response to the growing and changing cyber threat.

    But it emerged the advice was old and Apple has since removed it completely saying it was "inaccurate".

    The note appears to have been an update of one that first appeared on the site in mid-2007. <hr>

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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    Does this mean that a MAC can not get infected? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    Yep. Remove the bad news, and there are no bad news. <img src=/S/noevil.gif border=0 alt=noevil width=25 height=17> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    A little comment the other day at F-Secure Weblog, News from the Lab: Macs are totally secure out of the box?

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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    I've been experimenting with Avast Version 2.74. So far nothing has appeared out of order on my laptop. I imagine as time goes on, more threats will appear. I feel it is ridiculous to think that Mac O/S is totally immune to virus/malware and the like. I'd like to see more choices for protection however. I've tried Sophos and didn't really care for it. I know that Norton provides software and so does McAfee but I expect they are as much a pain for Macs as they are for PCs. I really like the idea of "free" but I would be willing to pay for something that would provide the protection that is necessary for survival in our Web World. I am behind a router so that helps - I think. I think my biggest fear is identity theft since I do pay bills online, etc.


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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    A router will NOT stop a virus!

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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    A router will NOT stop a virus!

    <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15> Yes, I know it won't.

    But routers add a layer of protection from prying eyes - I thought....right or wrong?


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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    > right or wrong?

    Possibly. Depending on the type of router.

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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    Possibly. Depending on the type of router.

    It is an Apple Airport Extreme fully updated and password protected.


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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    I suspect Stuart was referring to the firewall and blocking capabilities of the router, and if there are any, what rules you have implemented.

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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    referring to the firewall and blocking capabilities of the router, and if there are any, what rules you have implemented.

    It seems secure to me.


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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    Technically a "router" is a very simple device that routes packets between devices. In practice most routers have many additional features.

    For example, the Apple Airport Extreme claims to include a "NAT firewall" - this should provide some level of protection against unsolicited incoming connections from the Internet, but it won't protect you against viruses or against any other things that you download and install yourself.

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    Re: Is your Mac safe?

    but it won't protect you against viruses or against any other things that you download and install yourself.

    Yes, Stuart, I realize what you are saying. And please note that my <post:=746,837>post 746,837</post:> covers the use of a virus protection application. So since I've installed virus protection and have my router set up as securely as possible, I believe I am safe. And please note that I never said a router would stop a virus. I am using the router as a hardware firewall. As any sensible person should be, I am always concerned about my "safety and possible identity theft" while using the World Wide Web.


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