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    code777
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    Mac internet Security??
    Being new to mac (just bought a new iBook) what software should i look at for internet security. Firewall - Anti-Virus? My PC is loaded with Norton Personal Security and also the freeware stuff like Ad-Aware, Spybot, Browser Hi-Jacker, etc...

    Does the Mac need as much security?

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    Mac internet Security??
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    You need nothing 3rd party unless you network to windows systems. Just go in system preferences and then sharing and turn on the Mac firewall

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    Mac internet Security??
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    Firewall - build-in Mac OS X, no need for an additional soft

    Anti-Virus - Not needed, as there are no Mac OS X viruses that load, spread and execute themselves like on Windows. There is anti-virus for Mac too, but that's mainly to protect Windows PCs, if the Mac is on a network with Windows PCs.

    For Ad-Aware, I don't know if there's an equivalent for Mac.

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    code777
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon
    Firewall - build-in Mac OS X, no need for an additional soft

    Anti-Virus - Not needed, as there are no Mac OS X viruses that load, spread and execute themselves like on Windows. There is anti-virus for Mac too, but that's mainly to protect Windows PCs, if the Mac is on a network with Windows PCs.

    For Ad-Aware, I don't know if there's an equivalent for Mac.

    that's what i thought and i even told that to the sales kid at the apple store and he said, "no no, you need .mac!" whatever. he made it sound like life or death...

    does spyware get loaded into macs like they do with pc's?

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    Mac internet Security??

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    Nope no spyware
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    Macs are perfectly happy on their own...No need for...those other....PeeCee Things
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    Mac internet Security??
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    Quote Originally Posted by code777
    that's what i thought and i even told that to the sales kid at the apple store and he said, "no no, you need .mac!" whatever. he made it sound like life or death...

    does spyware get loaded into macs like they do with pc's?
    .mac isn't a security suite...allthough it includes anti-virus software.

    Check www.mac.com if you want to know more about .mac

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