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Creative Insanity
23rd March 2007, 05:59 AM
Now I have a Mac should I be looking at finding some kind of firewall and virus protection?
Just not sure if it is needed on a Mac.

23rd March 2007, 06:03 AM

23rd March 2007, 06:47 AM
Just to add to Fiark's post, to activate your Mac OS X Firewall, click on the blue Apple Menu at the very top-left of your screen, and scroll down to: System Preferences...

In the System Preferences pane, click once on: Sharing - third rung down from the top, under the heading: Internet & Networking - it's icon looks like a blue folder with a yellow diamond symbol of a person walking. Click once on: Sharing.

Under the first blue tab called: Services - check Personal File Sharing, and anything else you know you will need - such as Printer Sharing or Windows Sharing if you have a PC connected.

Then click on the tab: Firewall - and click once on the Start button, to activate the Firewall. Anything you ticked in the Services tab, will be ticked under Firewall - and you can tick anything else under Firewall that you'd like to have protected.

You can also click on the New... button, to enter new Port Numbers for certain Applications that do File Sharing, and name those new port numbers so that they appear as valid item on your Firewall list.

When done, simply close the Sharing window, and this will automatically Quit System Preferences.



Creative Insanity
23rd March 2007, 07:34 AM
Hey, thanks a lot for that ;)

23rd March 2007, 10:45 AM
Don't bother turning on the Firewall, it essentially does nothing unless you know what firewalls can and can't do. As for virus protection, search for "virus" on the forums, it has been discussed to death, but in summary, you don't need it unless you work somewhere that requires it.

23rd March 2007, 10:56 AM
I suppose the only reason for installing Anti-Virus software, would be something not so much for yourself, yet rather a safety precaution for other users you exchange files with.

Mac OS X can harbour the viruses, yet won't be effected. However - should you have a document / file that's harbouring something viscious to a Windows PC user, they might take exception to us sending them infected material.... that is - if they themselves don't have updated anti-viral software.

It's as if we could be the immune carriers of something nasty, and we might just whack in an anti-viral app in order to protect our Windows PC collegues.

Kinda like wearing a condom for the protection of others :p