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Sophos antivirus and security  is free for home users
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Found 11th OctFound 11th Oct
Sophos enterprise grade AV is free for home users. I've used it for some time and it works very well indeed. Fully cloud based management of all your devices. Has received several … Read more

Andrew.Henning44 m ago

I gave you the link from their web site - go read their privacy policy - …I gave you the link from their web site - go read their privacy policy - scroll down to the bottom of their web page and click the privacy policy link....


Yes I read it. But that is Cisco in general. I've read the source code for the AV. And it doesn't collect data. The privacy policy says Cisco can/do log data, but that particular AV doesn't. Hence why I linked it. I don't think you're understanding me.

in$anity1 h, 20 m ago

I've read the source code for ClamAV and there's literally nothing it …I've read the source code for ClamAV and there's literally nothing it collects that's sensitive.


I gave you the link from their web site - go read their privacy policy - scroll down to the bottom of their web page and click the privacy policy link....

Andrew.Henning6 h, 15 m ago

No - go read up https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/legal/privacy.html


I've read the source code for ClamAV and there's literally nothing it collects that's sensitive.

Andrew.Henning1 h, 45 m ago

No, there have been no real world examples of a virus on Mac OS X, there …No, there have been no real world examples of a virus on Mac OS X, there have been proof of concept, but nothing in the wild for Mac OS http://fortune.com/2009/09/02/why-are-there-no-mac-viruses/Try it for yourself, you can easily download RAT tools for Windows or MacOS, run your own lab and try accessing. You will find Windows can be compromised instantly, whereas MacOS requires a prompt to be accepted, there is currently no way to suppress the authorisation prompt. That doesn't mean the OS is more secure, what it means is that the user will be alerted to unauthorised activity. Even if it's accepted unless you can elevate to root command you won't be able to do anything of worth...Any one can post links, what I suggest is you give it a try yourself, you'll see how easy it is to remote control a Windows platform versus anything else. That's not down to it being an obscure OS or lack of familiarity...I could go on, however this is HotUKdeals and I don't believe this is the correct forum to discuss these things. I leave you with this real world test:Take an original MacOS install from 1999 (or a current one if you prefer) and any Windows OS, connect both to the internet and wait a few hours, then check your event logs. The MacOS will remain inert, however you will find your Windows box will have at least been probed if not compromised... (Google Honeypot test to see how to set this experiment up)


I was using "virus" more colloquially to mean malware, which was my mistake - you are right that actual real viruses are incredibly rare on Macs, but they do exist in the wild:
theguardian.com/tec…e-2
blog.malwarebytes.org/mac…ld/


Malware on the other hand, is not uncommon on Macs, which was the point I was trying to make (albeit badly).

trd43 m ago

An accidental mistake? Why would you assume an infection was due to …An accidental mistake? Why would you assume an infection was due to opening an attachment or deciding to download an exe or torrent and then running it without scanning? I was never infected this way. You know full well that you can get infected via backdoor vulnerability in older software but more likely via drive by downloads, and not just from visiting your dodgy sites or pr0n but hijacked sites where some malware downloads and installs by itself!! It's f**king joke... Windows was designed to allow malware to propagate and generate an industry and market for AV software. The irony is that Symantec, Sophos, McAfee, you name it..they NEED us to use Windows and become infected to maintain their business model.I never said Macs and all Linux flavours were immune but if everyone migrated, do you think BIG AV would thrive or even survive as they do now? I'm certain they'd be begging Apple and Google to lessen their OS security with corrupt deals so they're AV offerings didn't become redundant.



User error was probably the wrong phrase, but I was trying to get at the point that people use a Windows laptop very differently to how they use a tablet/smartphone or even a Chromebook. Rather than official app stores, places like Download.com are riddled with adware/malware and people do not seem to appreciate this fact - so install without thinking.

How did you get the malware that affected you? What AV and firewall were you using? What website did you visit?

Sure, older software has vulnerabilities - I did say up-to-date quite a few times when talking about security in my previous posts. If you don't keep your software up-to-date then you are vulnerable, but this is similarly the case on every other OS from OSX to Android. People just tend to be better at keeping their software up-to-date using iOS and Android because the software and updates come through the app stores and is pretty much automated.

As for drive-by downloads - if you have up-to-date software (OS, browser, office, a/v, etc), don't use an admin account for normal use, and have a decent firewall then you are reasonably safe in most of the web as long as you never agree to unknown installations that pop up. Less savoury parts of the web (illegal downloads, adult, gambling, etc) have less controls on their ads, so are more often vectors for bad actors.

Yes Windows is the biggest target, but Mac users get hit by drive-by downloads plenty as well. Chromebooks don't install anything so are more secure from these attacks, but then you can do a lot less on a Chromebook than a Mac or Windows 10 laptop.
Free Sophos XG Home Firewall
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Found 21st JunFound 21st Jun
I manage the full-fat enterprise Sophos XG firewall. This home edition seems to have a lot of the same features, so ideal for home protection or to use as a training aid from a rep… Read more

would it be possible to run it through virtualbox ?

What you need
Intel compatible computer with dual network interfaces. (Any previous OS or files on the computer will be overwritten when installing the XG Firewall Home Edition)Home Edition is limited to 4 cores and 6 GB of RAM. The computer can have more than this, but XG Firewall Home Edition will not be able to utilize it.

Huawei_or_my_way

Very good question :)You do not need a special network topology but will … Very good question :)You do not need a special network topology but will need to, at a minimum, set all devices to connect to the Internet via the firewall. For full protection I would disable access to the router from any other address other than the firewall and 1 specified 'Clean' PC that you can use to access the router in an emergency.All devices that connect to your network should connect via the firewall and the router should ignore/drop all attempted connections that do not come from the firewall. (Except for the 'Clean' PC which you must ensure is protected from infection etc.) You can avoid the need for the 'Clean' PC if you are able to quickly/easily reconfigure a PC to have the same IP address as the Firewall in an emergency (i.e. the Firewall crashes etc). The choice is yours depending on your Tech skills.You will also need to have a router that is configurable and NOT locked down as ISP's tend to do.Personally, I run my own 'Filtering' DNS Server and Firewall which between them filter out Ads and 'Bad' Addresses.I block any attempts to access the router directly and any attempts to access DNS other than my own Server. (Lots of software tries to access its own DNS Servers, ignoring my own setup. Which I find a little bit annoying as it is a potential source of unknown/unfiltered access to my PC's and/or network.)As you can tell , I am not very trusting of 'Magic' software that just does its own thing. !!!


Thanks a lot for your very helpful reply and other useful safety tips ;). I am still a bit confused how you can make all other devices connect only via the firewall if it's a normal star home topology, i.e. internet/WAN - router - LAN devices including the firewall, pcs, mobiles etc? One topology which can make it work is internet/WAN - router - the firewall - switch - other LAN devices including pcs, mobiles etc, but it is certainly not a typical topology for a normal home and also you need at least two Ethernet cards for your firewall PC. Have I missed anything?

r4w80

I agree, I use Sophos UTM for 3 years now and i have tried XG Home as … I agree, I use Sophos UTM for 3 years now and i have tried XG Home as well, I do prefer much more the UTM version.Link here: https://www.sophos.com/en/products/free-tools/sophos-utm-home-edition.aspxI run it in a Vmware ESXi.


Many Thanks, I have taken your advice and downloaded the UTM version.
I will run it in a VM to see how it performs.

flying_carpet

Do you need special network topology to use it? For normal home network … Do you need special network topology to use it? For normal home network topology, all devices directly connect to a router in parallel, how can it, installed only on one device, protect other devices? Thanks in advance.


Very good question
You do not need a special network topology but will need to, at a minimum, set all devices to connect to the Internet via the firewall.
For full protection I would disable access to the router from any other address other than the firewall and 1 specified 'Clean' PC that you can use to access the router in an emergency.
All devices that connect to your network should connect via the firewall and the router should ignore/drop all attempted connections that do not come from the firewall. (Except for the 'Clean' PC which you must ensure is protected from infection etc.)
You can avoid the need for the 'Clean' PC if you are able to quickly/easily reconfigure a PC to have the same IP address as the Firewall in an emergency (i.e. the Firewall crashes etc). The choice is yours depending on your Tech skills.
You will also need to have a router that is configurable and NOT locked down as ISP's tend to do.

Personally, I run my own 'Filtering' DNS Server and Firewall which between them filter out Ads and 'Bad' Addresses.
I block any attempts to access the router directly and any attempts to access DNS other than my own Server.
(Lots of software tries to access its own DNS Servers, ignoring my own setup. Which I find a little bit annoying as it is a potential source of unknown/unfiltered access to my PC's and/or network.)

As you can tell , I am not very trusting of 'Magic' software that just does its own thing. !!!
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Free Enterprise class AV & webfilter for 10 PC's/Macs.
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Found 7th Dec 2016Found 7th Dec 2016
Really good, espectially for a freebie. Managed from a web console, so you can apply policies & report remotely. I have been using it a while and its never caused me any issues… Read more

djfluff

Not heard of them. I'll have a look.

They are a really well established computer security firm like emsisoft and alike, big big name brand in the sector I'm installing this as I write this and hope to test the engine and get back with pros and cons but do thank the op for this, as missed this years free av engine software giveaways up until I found this and it is something I am eternaly greatfull for

Update: wicar.org/tes…tml went here tried every threat on the page and it picked them all up in sophos home it's actually very effective and doesn't appear to kill the power of the system while doing it either, a bit like the 360 total security doesn't another good security.Not sure how that fares on the test I did with Sophos?

Edited by: "WIZARDZSYS" 15th Dec 2016

Thanks for this.

Original Poster

Have a look at this, if you deal with IT security or are super cautious. It's pretty sweet ! hitmanpro.com/en-…spx
(Not free)

Edited by: "djfluff" 7th Dec 2016

Original Poster

Not heard of them. I'll have a look.

have you tried heimdal security? they have afree patch management client - keeps common apps (java, flash etc) up to date automatically to minimize your exposure on the web. the paid for version blocks traffic to known malware sites.
Free sophos business-grade security for Home PCs and MACs
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Found 25th Nov 2016Found 25th Nov 2016
Sophos Home protects every Mac and PC in your home from malware, viruses, ransomware, and inappropriate websites. It uses the same award-winning technology that IT professionals tr… Read more

I'm a big fan of Sophos from using the enterprise product going back 18 years ago. However i'm not sure i'm keen on having to use a web based portal for home use but trying it out to see how it goes. Currently I use Kaspersky free through Barclays but sometimes that can be a pain in the ar$e for being overbearing trying to install software.

foxyuk

U get nothing for free. I would avoid!!!!!!



I'd advise not posting in the 'freebies' section of the site in future then.

Great may give it a try

Loads of programs are free, especially anti-virus software. You'd be daft to pay for it (for home use)

Original Poster

foxyuk

U get nothing for free. I would avoid!!!!!!



How much did you pay for hkud app and an account?
Sophos Industrial grade antivirus free
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Found 28th Apr 2016Found 28th Apr 2016
Industrial grade antivirus and Web filtering free for home users. add multiple computers under one account and manage them online. unfortunately can't add iPads or Android.
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The ntddf.#. X..

Used in education and other govt departments too.

I have been using this free antivirus on a windows netbook and a tablet ( desktop has Kaspersky). There is a free Sophos Android app as well. Unlike alot of the free antivirus, there are no nagging screens telling you to purchase an upgrade. We used Sophos at a couple of companies I worked for so it is mainly aimed at business I suspect.

I have been using Avast for the last decade and on the whole I've been pretty happy with it - how does this stack up against it and is it worth taking a look?

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Dealmessiah

Industrial grade?



​we use it in our NHS FT....
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Sophos XG Firewall Home Edition
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Found 21st Mar 2016Found 21st Mar 2016
Free enterprise security free for home use. Give your home network a much needed security boost. The Home Edition of the Sophos XG Firewall features full protection for your home… Read more

very tempted but will stick to pfsense

for anyone wanting to use this, you will need minimum 2 network cards - one for WAN and other for the LAN

Not the most convenient software to use ... "a separate, dedicated computer is needed, which will change into a fully functional security appliance. Just right for the spare PC you have sitting in the corner!"

Original Poster

I don't trust home routers at all, full of bugs and backdoors, I have been using this firewall for around an month and it does so much more then my simple home router.

Shatwell

You win the comedy post of the day award 21/03/16.Congratulations



How little you appear to know about routers. If in this day and age you think your computers security depends on a software firewall you need to do some research (or get a Mac). However, if you think your computer is at risk of poisoning other people's computers may I suggest you stay well away from dubious websites (or get a Mac).

This so shouldn't be cold. A free firewall for a dedicated PC isn't bad. Shame we are not paranoid enough to wonder what we are sending out compared to what is trying to get into ourhome networks. Hot from me!
Sophos Anitvirus for PCs and Macs
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Found 21st Mar 2016Found 21st Mar 2016
Free Sophos cloud anti-virus for home users, for PC and MAC The same antivirus, malware protection, and web filtering technology trusted by hundreds of thousands of businesses is … Read more

Why is this so cold!!

loiterer

I've been hearing this same old, same old for close on 30 years. It still … I've been hearing this same old, same old for close on 30 years. It still hasn't happened. At best I vaguely recall about one failed attempt every year and not one that has spread beyond one computer. OSX runs on very strict privileges, if a Mac gets something unwanted on it, it's because the user authorised it. There is no where for a Mac "proof of concept" virus or trojan horse, etc., to escalate to. This is why Mac's are so damned secure and offer a first line of defence for the American armed services.Wikipedia states "Only a few major viruses have hit Macs in the last years. The difference in virus vulnerability between Macs and Windows is a chief selling point, one that Apple uses in their "Get a Mac" advertising."


There's no bomb proof system, jus look at last dodgy Xcode fiasco. IOS apps approved by Apple containing malware. End user is always the weakest link.

monczek

OSX is still much less popular than Windows, hence less viruses and … OSX is still much less popular than Windows, hence less viruses and malware designed for it, but it's just question of time.



I've been hearing this same old, same old for close on 30 years. It still hasn't happened. At best I vaguely recall about one failed attempt every year and not one that has spread beyond one computer. OSX runs on very strict privileges, if a Mac gets something unwanted on it, it's because the user authorised it. There is no where for a Mac "proof of concept" virus or trojan horse, etc., to escalate to. This is why Mac's are so damned secure and offer a first line of defence for the American armed services.

Wikipedia states "Only a few major viruses have hit Macs in the last years. The difference in virus vulnerability between Macs and Windows is a chief selling point, one that Apple uses in their "Get a Mac" advertising."

Wii89

Even Mac's are getting viruses and malware these days!



Not so you'd notice. I think you can count the total number of attempts (nothing currently live) at infecting Mac OSX on one hand. I've used PC's and Macs since the first Mac computer and I have never seen malware, spyware or viruses on any of my companies, friends or families Mac's. PC's were once quite another matter. I now use the latter exclusively for gaming; apart from Windows X, I have installed Steam, uPlay, Origin, Creative Labs (with reluctance) and nVidia software and essential motherboard drivers, nothing else.

All work, browsing, messaging, e-mailing, etc., I do on Mac's and iPad's. I don't even bother with OSX's firewall any longer as my router is bullet-proof...Not a single attempt to probe my ports has been made from beyond the router to my Mac network.

matth9999

No upgrade nags, the web interface for configuration is a bit unusual and … No upgrade nags, the web interface for configuration is a bit unusual and not that well featured - cannot configure the "full" scan, so if you have dual boot, it will scan anything accessible.Unlike many others, does not appear to offer a "scan with" option (for Bitdefender free, this is how you scan a specified area).Unlike Bitdefender free, Sophos does offer exceptions.



Now I can see the scan with option ... sure it wasn't there before!!!
Free Sophos Home Edition
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Found 31st Dec 2015Found 31st Dec 2015
Simple. Effective. Free. Sophos Home protects every Mac and PC in your home from malicious software, inappropriate websites and viruses. It uses the same award-winning technology … Read more

ag112

my apologies, I did lookup sophos in search bar but nothing came up


sorry, didn't mean to seem harsh, as i said, my first search showed nothing, as did yours. i repeated it's a duplicate, but should've repeated it's forgiven too

Edited by: "mcek" 31st Dec 2015

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mcek

http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/sophos-antivirus-pc-linux-mac-for-up-10-home-users-next-gen-firewall-2355323a more detailed post, nearly 2 weeks ago, but it didn't come up in my search just now, so duplicate forgiven.EDIT: sorry, didn't search in Freebies, so this is a duplicate.


my apologies, I did lookup sophos in search bar but nothing came up

hotukdeals.com/fre…323
a more detailed post, nearly 2 weeks ago, but it didn't come up in my search just now, so duplicate forgiven.
EDIT: sorry, didn't search in Freebies, so this is a duplicate.
Edited by: "mcek" 31st Dec 2015
Sophos Antivirus (PC/Linux/Mac) for up to 10 home users and Next Gen Firewall
292°Expired
Found 18th Dec 2015Found 18th Dec 2015
Sophos has been around a lot of years and while well respected in the business world they've generally not been know to the home user. Why, simply because they have concentrated o… Read more

Great find, thank you, Heat

Thank you

Uridium

Sadly doesn't support my OS (Win2012 R2, yes an odd OS to run at home I … Sadly doesn't support my OS (Win2012 R2, yes an odd OS to run at home I know but a long story) but then again very few free AV solutions do so heated as this is still a decent Home AV option for most


The UTM version runs fine on 2012 R2, but it needs you to install the UTM on something and activate the AV element first though.

Original Poster

MisterTIBS

The clue is in the title, sorry you missed that.



Sorry my bad, I should have made it clearer they were separate products...

Paradroid

Sophos XG firewall is a completely separate product to Sophos home, as … Sophos XG firewall is a completely separate product to Sophos home, as are Sophos Antivirus for Linux Free Edition, Sophos Mobile Security for Android etc.Your post makes no sense.



The clue is in the title, sorry you missed that.
Free Basic Edition of Sophos Antivirus for Linux OS
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Found 1st Jun 2015Found 1st Jun 2015
"Linux is considered to be more secure than other operating systems. However, it’s increasingly a target of attackers, as Linux systems are used for critical roles like developer w… Read more

Original Poster

JC1997

Linux system need antivirus ? oO


Indeed, I asked myself the same question when i was told my linux system had a virus.:(http://itsfoss.itsfoss.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Linux_Trojan.jpg

Linux system need antivirus ? oO
Free Socks from Sophos (answer a couple of questions)
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Found 20th Nov 2014Found 20th Nov 2014
Free Geek/IT socks. Answer a couple of questions about Software vendors (stick in Microsoft or Symantec where appropriate and you're done! 11 designs to choose from.

Nope

Has anyone received theirs yet? I haven't received mine!

Has anyone received theirs yet? I haven't received mine!

Euanique

Guys what do you stick in the company section and what not?

Google

louiselouise

I would BUY these socks!



same here .. they had some great ones!
Free Sophos Socks
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Found 16th Jul 2014Found 16th Jul 2014
GET YOUR SYSMAS SOCKS HERE! Sophos is proud to sponsor Spiceworks' 12 Days of Sysmas, a season of appreciation for Sys Admins leading up to SysAdmin day on July 25th. Your demands… Read more
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Just Got my socks too dunno why this is so cold ?! They have unicorns on !
http://i.imgur.com/dg8Ys0u.jpg
Edited by: "yazzay" 28th Nov 2014

Original Poster

Socks received @ home & work (multiple email addresses), No downloaded needed, no personal details or mothers maiden name required, No subscription sign up made & Definitely no monies sent to Nigerian Prince.

So why the cold votes?

dlee1

Don't have to cancel, it auto expires. If you want to use it you have … Don't have to cancel, it auto expires. If you want to use it you have to apply to continue after the trial.



So I get the socks, and rest back. Nothing else to do. Yey!

Tried again this morning and can sign up so they must've added more pairs - when I tried yesterday it had a big diagonal yellow banner across the page saying they had stopped because of the massive response...

Definite heat...

livesf

Yey! But I hope to cancel my trial in 30 days, hope I won't forget.



Don't have to cancel, it auto expires. If you want to use it you have to apply to continue after the trial.
Free Sophos Anti-Virus Home edition - Free for iMac and MacBooks
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Found 12th Jan 2014Found 12th Jan 2014
Free and very, very good anti-virus for Apple PCs - enjoy! Overview As Apple products grow in popularity, they have become attractive targets for cybercriminals. Yes, Macs can be… Read more
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Geekboy2k

same here!


Not had a problem so far...

woobee

This played havoc with my MBP and took it off after about 15 minutes.

same here!

Thanks

This played havoc with my MBP and took it off after about 15 minutes.

The real value of this is highlighted by this:

Full Mac protection from viruses, Trojans and wormsStops all threats, … Full Mac protection from viruses, Trojans and wormsStops all threats, even those designed for Windows. Not only is your computer safe—the people running PCs you send files to are safe from threats too.



Basically, it is more designed to stop the propagation of Windows viruses, either from attachments sent by Windows users and spambots or those who have Windows installed via Bootcamp and believe that just because they are running on Apple hardware that they are also immune from viruses.

Not installing this. I remember the first version was a bit of a disaster and caused more problems than it solved. This won't stop Trojans or malware, either, which is a bigger issue for OSX than viruses.
Sophos UTM Home Edition fully featured Firewall
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Found 21st Dec 2012Found 21st Dec 2012
Our Free Home Use Firewall is a fully equipped software version of the Sophos UTM firewall, available at no cost for home users – no strings attached. It features full Network, Web… Read more

better alternative smoothwall imho ...

Anyone has used it? Any good?

I was going to use it. it seemed like one of the best utm out there but then I measured the consumption of the old desktop I was going to use and bought a cisco pix instead.
Free Anti-Virus for Macs From Sophos  (Home Use Only)
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Found 3rd Nov 2010Found 3rd Nov 2010
Overview As Apple computers grow more popular than ever, they're an increasingly-enticing target for hackers. And these hackers aren't just mischief-makers—by targeting your comput… Read more

If its an OS, its game for malware - just because the machine is the minority doesn't mean it wont be attacked... as apple spreads so does the malware.

Great! I'm an avid Mac user, even though threats don't bother me one single bit as they don't affect Mac users as much as Windows, but it's nice to have a good solid AV client in the background just in case.

And on a plus note, it's much better than ClamX AV, it's happily handling my 400,000+ files with ease!

martinhb

They do. If you have access to licenses then log in, select "Anti-virus … They do. If you have access to licenses then log in, select "Anti-virus and Firewall for windows" under the blue enterprise bit and away you go. If you do not have licenses you can buy them but only a minimum of three.



True, but at £112.50 for SCS for 1 year it's hardly priced within reach of the home user.
Big shame really as it's a nice product that would otherwise get my recommendation for clients.

andymagic

Ahh, the old "security through obscurity" MantraMac's can, and do get … Ahh, the old "security through obscurity" MantraMac's can, and do get virus's - why? Because they run Linux with a pretty front end on it, Linux has a fairly decent sized installed base, certainly worth going after in the eyes of those that create such malware.I'm not anti/pro anything when it comes to computers I run Windows, OSX, Linux and Unix on several machines, they are all insecure in some way.


OSX is an officially certified UNIX variant, it started out life as NeXTSTEP which in turn had its roots in the BSD's, so it's far from being "Linux with a pretty front end on it".

As for viruses, malware etc. on Macs, yes they are possible and yes they do exist. However, the fundamental differences in security model from the likes of Windows makes it very unlikely unless you do something silly (like click on the link for fr33 Pr0n....download the fr33 Pr0n app.....and install it). Even if you are infected the damage such things can do are limited, unless you do something monumentally stupid.

Edited by: "megalomaniac" 3rd Nov 2010

Ahh, the old "security through obscurity" Mantra

Mac's can, and do get virus's - why? Because they run Linux with a pretty front end on it, Linux has a fairly decent sized installed base, certainly worth going after in the eyes of those that create such malware.

I'm not anti/pro anything when it comes to computers I run Windows, OSX, Linux and Unix on several machines, they are all insecure in some way.