Need Help Mac Antivirus/Firewall

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  1. Chris H

    Chris H Level 1

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    Hey, I'm getting a MacBook and needed to know what are some good firewalls to use and antivirus programs for mac that are reliable? I know people don't think that it's necessary, but with worms like thunderstrike, I would beg to differ. Thanks.
     
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  2. Chris H

    Chris H Level 1

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    Anything free?
     
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  4. Chris H

    Chris H Level 1

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    Yea... I saw this one but it looked slightly sketchy. No reviews on youtube, nothing. I was almost tempted to use the built in one.
     
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  6. Chris H

    Chris H Level 1

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    I was thinking about Kaspersky, if I end up buying something it might be that. My issue is I wonder who has the best signature database for new mac malware.
     
  7. Paul.R

    Paul.R Level 6

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    Kaspersky dosen;t have a true firewall for mac, you can try ESET NOD32 if you want a differrent firewall from mac default.
    Sorry if i'm mistaken.
     
  8. Slyguy

    Slyguy Level 22

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    Please don't. For what purpose anyway? Sorry, I find Mac's about as useful as a door stop in an office without doors.
     
  9. Sunshine-boy

    Sunshine-boy Level 22

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    is Mac more secure than windows and Linux?
     
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  10. grumpy_joe

    grumpy_joe Level 1

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    Mac is essentially another flavor of Linux but it's more locked etc. Personally I would rather go for Ubuntu than Mac.
    Is it secure?
    Yes and No. If we look at this example:
    MacOS High Sierra Security Bug Allows Root Login Without a Password, Here’s a Fix
    you can say that it's not secure but one can't really say that without some exploits and/or zero-days (as long as it's not windows xp it's secure enough).
     
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  11. Sunshine-boy

    Sunshine-boy Level 22

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    So its a Linux with better graphical desgin.Mac would be good for ppl that hate Linux interface(include me), right?
     
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    grumpy_joe Level 1

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    If you are one of the Windows people and hate Linux than you are more likely to hate Mac due to its unix family roots. It's a natural state of human nature we as a humans dislike things which we are not used to this is why our parents use internet explorer rather than chrome/firefox.

    The same goes for windows. As humans we would rather have everything easy to get without any bash knowledge, double click an exe without typing and command.

    If you want some nice graphical interface I recommend go and ask on r/unixporn - the home for *NIX customization! some of the Linux flavors when customized right look majestically orgasmic.
     
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    Sunshine-boy Level 22

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    hahaha Right! that's what I want! but Linux want me to learn that ugly terminal!
    Thanks for the link! I will take a look!
     
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  14. Spawn

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    Thanks for sharing your opinion, but please do not dictate what OP should or should not buy.

    MacOS, Windows, Linux are all great operating systems, each have their own ecosystems and potential benefits over their competition.
    • Use MacOS, Windows, Linux-distro, ChromeOS etc.
    I use MacOS High Sierra on a Macbook Pro (2015), it's a great experience and even better with iOS. If you use an iPhone as your daily driver, a Macbook would be beneficial, although not mandatory.

    At this moment, no Antivirus has been installed, but I have tried free editions of Avast, Avira and Sophos. You can check if the Firewall is enabled via the System Preferences under Security & Privacy: macOS Sierra: Firewall pane of Security & Privacy System Preferences

    Some paid suggestions:
    https://www.av-test.org/en/news/new...irus-suites-for-macos-sierra-put-to-the-test/

    Find out more: macOS High Sierra
     
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