What's your Mac OS X Security Set up?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by x942, Jun 28, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. x942

    x942 Guest

    I am currently using:

    Sophos free AV
    Mac OX's FireWall
    PGP Desktop/WDE
    iAlertU
    Token Lock (Leave Bluetooth range lock computer).

    What do you guys/girls use?


    I am interested in starting a list of the most popular Mac OS X security applications as well as finding som good ones for myself. Looking forward to see what others use :thumb:
     
  2. 1chaoticadult

    1chaoticadult Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Posts:
    2,248
    Location:
    Chaotic Land
    When I had a macbook pro I was using:

    Sophos Free AV
    Little Snitch (Firewall)
     
  3. Montecristo

    Montecristo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2008
    Posts:
    72
    Intego VirusBarrier X6
    Mac OS X Firewall
    Google Chrome
     
  4. EliteKiller

    EliteKiller Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2007
    Posts:
    1,138
    Location:
    TX
    Sophos free AV
    Mac OX's FireWall
     
  5. whitedragon551

    whitedragon551 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2008
    Posts:
    3,189
    Location:
    USA
    Mac's dont need security software. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2011
    Posts:
    9,148
    Honestly, if I were on OSX I wouldn't bother with security software. I'd use Chrome and be satisfied.
     
  7. Carbonyl

    Carbonyl Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Posts:
    256
    That's a good attitude to have! Certainly sentiment such as this doesn't contribute to social engineering at all. We know Macs are invulnerable to that, too.
     
  8. 1chaoticadult

    1chaoticadult Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Posts:
    2,248
    Location:
    Chaotic Land
    Carbonyl, i think whitedragon is being sarcastic. I might want to look at the emoticon he used next to this comment.

    Didn't the OP ask about what's your security setup on Mac OSX, not if you wouldn't have one if you were on OS X?
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2011
  9. Carbonyl

    Carbonyl Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Posts:
    256
    If that's the case, then I apologize. I interpreted the emoticon to mean 'Don't you know anything?' rather than to imply sarcasm. Lately I've had my hackles up by the sheer number of people claiming OS X to be immune. It's a bit of a sore spot for me.

    Also, sarcasm is the second hardest thing for me to identify online, right after trust!
     
  10. raven211

    raven211 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2005
    Posts:
    2,567
    How about I just run OS X and............................. run it.


    EDIT: Watching the comment above I see someone who apparently has more experience in this matter. I don't, I just don't see the danger when using OS X on my MBP from school. All I do is take it cool and I'm fine with that.
     
  11. 1chaoticadult

    1chaoticadult Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2010
    Posts:
    2,248
    Location:
    Chaotic Land
    I understand what you mean. When I saw his comment, I interpreted as whitedragon being sarcastic but I could be wrong. I agree with you the point of people thinking Mac OS X is immune, when it is not. But in the end it is a user's choice whether to have a security setup or not.
     
  12. x942

    x942 Guest

    For the most part that is good enough:thumb: I use security tools to be on the safe(est) side I can be. Another misconception is that there are lots of viruses for Mac's. This is only partially correct as so far all malware for Mac's (with the exception of exploit payloads - different story there) need a password. This is good for two reasons 1) This means these are trojans and 2) this mean user intervention is needed.

    Not saying mac's are immune but there haven't been any self-installing viruses yes (that don't need a password) where windows (pre-7) had plenty of those.


    I now have ESET Cybersecurity (PAID) and it works wonders :thumb: Also using NoobProof for a GUI IPW editor :)
     
  13. raven211

    raven211 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2005
    Posts:
    2,567
    I expect Apple to keep it that way referring to not letting anything through to the system without a password.
     
  14. x942

    x942 Guest

    Agreed. Really it's the only keeping it away from the Win 7 UAC Deal. Apple made Mac's usable (arguably more so than Linux) and in doing so sacrificed some security that linux/unix have. For example the admin account on a Mac is practically root (with only 1 or 2 differences/limitations). I would still consider the *nix's more secure (out of the box). However the need for a password is very good security :thumb: I only hope in future iteration they move back to a more secure *nix separation of admin and root.

    EDIT: Anyone know of an SRP/applocker solution for mac? I want some default deny action here ;)
     
  15. Nevis

    Nevis Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2010
    Posts:
    786
    Location:
    255.255.255.255
    for Mac : Nothing
     
  16. blasev

    blasev Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2010
    Posts:
    763
    right now

    OS X firewall
    trusteer raport

    maybe I'll try anti virus later, I still enjoy the "freedom" :D

    any advice on using OS X firewall?
     
  17. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2009
    Posts:
    8,516
    I don`t use Macs, so I`m immune from those kinds of malware.
     
  18. FlimFlam

    FlimFlam Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2011
    Posts:
    42
    No AV software
    Little Snitch
    Firefox (with security addons)
    Limited User Account (for all Internet access) Why not? It's there to use. It comes with the O/S.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011
  19. iravgupta

    iravgupta Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Posts:
    605
    ClamX AV and Mac OS X Lion Firewall. Haven't found a Real-Time AV that does not hamper Mac performance. avast! may be it, but it's not there yet, not even worth calling a beta.
     
  20. SweX

    SweX Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2007
    Posts:
    6,429
    Perhaps the upcoming Mac version of Prevx 4.0 aka Webroot Cloud AV/SecureAnywhere is worth a try once it becomes available as a BETA.

    Though I thought you were in love with ESET CyberSecurity, No? :)
     
  21. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2011
    Posts:
    9,148
    Why bother with an antivirus on osx?
     
  22. iravgupta

    iravgupta Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Posts:
    605
    I was but I found launching applications was increasingly slow after installing it. I might give it a shot again once they make it Lion compatible.
    Edit: I see they have already done that. Will give it a shot today.
     
  23. x942

    x942 Guest

    Boot up is the only time ESET gives me any slow down. And at that I am running little snitch and PGP as well. So who knows what is slowing me down at boot
     
  24. iravgupta

    iravgupta Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Posts:
    605
    The latest beta of avast! for Mac is running great. No slowdown on boot.
     
  25. tonyf1971

    tonyf1971 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2007
    Posts:
    58
    Running ESET CyberSecurity all good and light so far.
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.