What is the best internet security for a MacBook Pro?

James G July 19, 2013
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I was wondering what advice Mac users of experience have. Can you tell me the proper internet/virus etc, package to install?  Does anybody know if McAfee does a solid job?

  1. Mac W
    July 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Do no forget to take control over apps or services who want to "call home" (contact/sending information from your computer) Little Snitch is a great and easy config app. http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html

  2. Susendeep D
    July 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Use Avast for Mac antivirus.Its windows version is good and it offers many features for free even in Mac version too.

    Avoid McAfee as its reputation is not so good as antivirus company.

  3. Pawe? J
    July 22, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Hi, I would go with avast.

    For years it has been my antivirus software of choice. Used it on windows. After switching to mac and finding out there is a mac version I had to install it. Works like a charm.

    From my experience avast does not take up a lot of resources, so you are protected and don't feel an extra application running. From time to time avast finds a threat on a web page, so I just close the page and have no problem.

    And the nice thing is that it's free.

    http://www.avast.com

  4. Jan F
    July 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Usually there is a rather low thread level on Macs given that with a little bit of thinking you shouldn't fall victim to the few scare-wares around.

    For the rest there is Gatekeeper (System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General) which should be set to allow "Mac App Store and identified developers" only and Apples already integrated XProtect anti-virus.

    If you still want an additional third-party software my personal suggestion is Sophos.
    http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

    Unless you are using public WiFi a lot there isn't really much need for a firewall since one is usually connected via a router/modem which already has a firewall integrated.
    For the sake of it you can either use the built in Firewall within "System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall" or one of the various third-party alternatives.
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/enable-firewall-mac-os-snow-leopard/
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/which-apps-are-using-your-internet-connection-find-out-with-little-snitch-mac-os-x/
    http://www.metakine.com/products/handsoff/
    http://tcpblock.wordpress.com/

  5. Justin Pot
    July 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I'd say a realtime virus scanner isn't entirely necessary if you're pretty good about not downloading software from sketchy sources. BitDefender offers a one-time scanner you can run from time to time if you're paranoid, but you'll notice it rarely finds anything.

    Rule of thumb: if you own a computer, don't install McAfee. That's what I tend to go by, anyway.