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    Do I Need Internet security on my Macbook?

    Hey, quick question for mac users out there, do you use an firewall/anti-virus on your mac?

    I have a macbook unibody, and have been using norton internet security on it, its up for renewal tomorrow, which is £40, is it worth it? It never seems to do much, apart from download a 30mb update everyday!

    Is there built in security in macs? Im also thinking of overall system performance - no norton, faster system?

    Thanks

    17 Comments

    It worth every penny...choice ...do you want someone to ruin your pc or take your credit card details...answer no.

    you dont need it with osx used macs for years no issues at all

    dont waste your money

    boothy;6139462

    you dont need it with osx used macs for years no issues at alldont waste … you dont need it with osx used macs for years no issues at alldont waste your money



    +1

    Get a windows computer if you want security added lol.

    I'm a long time mac user and I can say that you really don't need to apply any internet security when you're using mac os x. Products such as Norton and Intego are really not needed, imo. The only thing I use is the free ClamXav for checking viruses. You can run it in the background or you can simply just scan files and folders whenever you please. Of course, if you're also using Windows through Boot Camp or VMWare/Parallels I would definitely recommend security software. Otherwise, you should be very safe!

    clamxav.com/

    Not needed. Only needed when running windows via bootcamp or parralels.

    I'd keep ClamXav in mind though if you just want to scan the odd shady file. If you want it to, you can tell it to install a contextual menu item so you can right click a file and go to 'Scan with ClamXav' real quick. Every couple of months I scan my whole hard drive though just in case something in Windows has leaked over to my mac partition in boot camp or parallels.

    no virus protection needed, but wait until macs get really popular and the hackers have a good go at them like they do with pc's - things will change then.

    Banned

    aircanman;7888948

    no virus protection needed, but wait until macs get really popular and … no virus protection needed, but wait until macs get really popular and the hackers have a good go at them like they do with pc's - things will change then.



    I don't think they'll ever get that popular.

    Yes you do need one, ignore what all the fools say. I wouldn't use Norton though.

    Banned

    dcx_badass;7888990

    Yes you do need one, ignore what all the fools say. I wouldn't use Norton … Yes you do need one, ignore what all the fools say. I wouldn't use Norton though.



    You really don't;-)

    I think someone needs to do some research then if that's what you think.

    Banned

    dcx_badass;7889032

    I think someone needs to do some research then if that's what you think.



    5 years of owning macs, no viruses.

    Maybe one day karma will bite me on the bum, but I'm a rebel:whistling:

    FilthAndFurry;7889179

    5 years of owning macs, no viruses.Maybe one day karma will bite me on … 5 years of owning macs, no viruses.Maybe one day karma will bite me on the bum, but I'm a rebel:whistling:



    Might just be sensible like me.
    Hitting 10years with PC's and not using antivirus etc, still never had anything.
    It's all about how you use it, if you are sensible enough you shouldnt need it with Mac or PC.

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    HaggisHunter;7889337

    Might just be sensible like me.Hitting 10years with PC's and not using … Might just be sensible like me.Hitting 10years with PC's and not using antivirus etc, still never had anything.It's all about how you use it, if you are sensible enough you shouldnt need it with Mac or PC.



    being sensible with your computer is boring though. Live a little, be reckless...

    FilthAndFurry;7889179

    5 years of owning macs, no viruses.Maybe one day karma will bite me on … 5 years of owning macs, no viruses.Maybe one day karma will bite me on the bum, but I'm a rebel:whistling:



    How do you know? (How can you know?!)

    master_chief;7889371

    being sensible with your computer is boring though. Live a little, be … being sensible with your computer is boring though. Live a little, be reckless...



    Lol i've been through my gaming phases and downloading and mp3/vid i can get my hands on.
    Mind using Battlefield 2 and having about 20-30gig worth of game mods, then about 1Tb in my media library.
    You can still use the PC and download stuff, if you dont know what it is though, dont touch with a bargepole and find something else. And with the internet, something else is always close so why take risks on something unsure, if you know theres other safe alternatives.

    master_chief;7889371

    being sensible with your computer is boring though. Live a little, be … being sensible with your computer is boring though. Live a little, be reckless...



    And if you're reckless even an anti-virus package won't protect you.

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