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    Security software
    Hello all
    My first post so please forgive any odd entries that may occur
    I have recently changed from PC to iMac and previously always used Norton firewall and antivirus software. I am told that it is not required on Macs. I am with BT broadband and they offer free McAfee security protection. Could anyone give me an opinion as to what is considered the best to do in respect of security with Macs and if the BT software would be useful?
    Many Thanks
    SRL

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    As far as firewall goes, you want to use what comes with a router. You don't want to directly plug into the broadband modem directly. This provides the greatest amount of protection with no impact on your machine. The alternative to this is to use the software firewall built into OS X..

    As far a AntiVirus goes, you can generally skip the ones that stay resident and scan everything as they will slow things down. Be watchful about what you visit/download/install and you will be OK. A little bit of common sense will keep you out of harms way.

    Should you absolutely need an anti-virus to appease your concerns, then looks at ClamXav..
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    Thanks Raz0rEdge
    That was very helpful
    SRL

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    Also read this.
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/swi...ewall-faq.html.
    Have fun with your new mac.

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    Again thanks very much docx for your prompt and comprehensive response
    Stephen

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