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iMac Novice - AV / Firewall Question


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infaddict

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Hi everyone,

I've used a PC for years and would consider myself well versed in security measures for PC's. I am helping out a relative who has just bought a new iMac and need some advice from Mac experts.

I appreciate that the number of threats targetting Apple Mac's is significantly lower than PC's, but should I install an Anti-Virus and/or Firewall onto the iMac? My years of dealing with PC's make me feel very vulnerable sitting at a computer without these running :blink:

If someone could help answer this question and then point to some good (free?) software solutions it'd be much appreciated :whistling:
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silverbeard

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ClamXav is free and was developed for Unix like systems. Mac has it's own built in firewall probably based on IP tables like most *nix systems. Thought there are few if any real malware threats to OSX it's still a good idea, IMO, to have security in place.
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99% don't run any security software... I have never ran any and have never had a problem. Odds are they'ld be fine until mac security attacks increase.
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