said by cshore :
Is it advisable to install antivirus on a mac ? or do macs still get away without it ? and if needed whats recommended
Thanks in advance
As long as you keep you Mac up to day with patches - especially third party stuff like Java and Flash (known offenders) and make sure your basic perimiter defense is in place (home router SPI firewall with MINIMAL or NO ports open)
you will be safe without running AV.
I have never been a fan of free AV products (with the exceptions of MSE) on Windows based platforms. Its hit or miss in that arena.
Malware authors target the masses and that means Microsoft products - and now Android to some extent. The vulerabilities they target are usually add-ons like flash or java or web browser/email bugs. The main reason these are so successful on Microsoft platforms it the lack of Kernel security - actually the Windows GUI runs at the same priority as the internals so its actually pretty easy to control a Windows machine.
Unix and Linux varients (IOS is UNIX) have been harder to crack due to the natural layering of the system. Even if a piece of malware can run due to a Java exploit - it still runs in that users space and will have a hard time getting to a place where it can do damage.
Enjoy the power of your new MAC - dont bog it down with un-needed spoftware--
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