Does Mac need Norton?

Started Mar 26, 2010 | Discussions thread
Andy Hewitt Veteran Member • Posts: 3,748
Re: Does Mac need Norton?

graybalanced wrote:

Andy Hewitt wrote:

Do you need security? Almost certainly. If you're behind a router with a built in Firewall, you'll probably be OK, that'll block all incoming connections by default - beware of any ports that may have been opened for gaming and such like. Little Snitch can be handy too, it blocks outgoing connections that you haven't approved.

While I love the Apple AirPort Base Station, it is the one router I've bought in the last 10 years that does not provide the ability to drop WAN pings. This can encourage a port scan by an attacker.

My AP base station is behind a router. I don't know if they're different in different countries, but in the UK AP doesn't have a modem built in.

I like Little Snitch but novices should understand that some education is needed to understand which alerts need to be accepted and which rejected, and it can take a little while to tune the rules.

True, personally I hate the thing, and have now removed it.

Unlike a Windows XP machine I cleaned off and reinstalled a few weeks ago. That had got a virus before I'd finished installing the updates, and the AV software.

Just curious...was it behind a firewalled router?

Yes, I connected it to my own home network.

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