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    Question What AV software do you recommend me?

    Within a few weeks I'm switching from my Windows 7 laptop to a new iMac...

    But... I'm not sure, do I need any AV software on an iMac?
    (we all know how vulnerable Windows is... and how it can't survive without AV software)

    On my Windows system I'm used to having BullGuard installed for my overall security.
    I addition to this, I also use SUPERAntiSpyware...
    * Together they keep my Windows system running safe.
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    Now I would like to know, what AV software would you guys recommend me for OSX?
    Normally I would use
    AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute: Sep/Oct 2012
    and
    Comparatives||tests - reviews - reports
    as a reference, but they only show Windows software...

    - Is there any reference site for OSX??
    Do I even need AV software?
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    Default What AV software do you recommend me?

    Most common virus vectors-

    Java - not installed by default and if installed, browser plugin not enabled by default. Keep it that way unless you need it.

    Adobe Reader - not needed because builtin Preview app handles PDFs.

    Adobe Flash - use a flash blocker extension in your browser and only enable flash as needed on trusted sites.

    Be sensible about what websites you visit.

    If using Safari turn off the option to automatically unzip/open downloads.

    Turn on builtin firewall.

    No AV software needed.
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    Default Re: What AV software do you recommend me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post

    Adobe Flash - use a flash blocker extension in your browser and only enable flash as needed on trusted sites.

    If using Safari turn off the option to automatically unzip/open downloads.

    Turn on builtin firewall.
    Karen,
    Would you please tell me exactly how to enable the the 3 steps above which you recommended?
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    Default What AV software do you recommend me?

    Firewall - preferences -> security, there is a tab for the firewall, just turn it on. Afterwards you'll get popups when a program is requesting access and you can allow or deny and tell it to remember the answer for the next time.

    Turn off automatic opening of downloaded files -> safari -> preferences. I think it's on one of the first two tabs-I'm not at my Mac right now to check.

    Flash blocker -> depends on your browser choice, but safari, Firefox and chrome all have "stores" for browser extensions and plugins (almost all free). And there's probably more than one flash blocker in each store. For safari I've used Click-to-Flash. They all pretty much work the same though. On a web page with flash, the whole page gets loaded with a placeholder for the flash content and when/if you want to see it, you click on the placeholder to load the flash video.
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    Default Re: What AV software do you recommend me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post

    Firewall - preferences -> security, there is a tab for the firewall, just turn it on. Afterwards you'll get popups when a program is requesting access and you can allow or deny and tell it to remember the answer for the next time.

    Turn off automatic opening of downloaded files -> safari -> preferences. I think it's on one of the first two tabs-I'm not at my Mac right now to check.
    Karen,
    Sorry to be such a PITA but I don't see the two above anywhere.
    Any more clarification would be appreciated.
    TIA

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    Default Re: What AV software do you recommend me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dx3me View Post
    Now I would like to know, what AV software would you guys recommend me for OSX?
    I have Sophos on my MacBook Pro. It's nabbed a few thing that came in via email attachments.
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    Default Re: What AV software do you recommend me?

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    I have Sophos on my MacBook Pro. It's nabbed a few thing that came in via email attachments.
    Tks Keith,
    I'll have to check it out.
    Good Luck

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    Default What AV software do you recommend me?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurboTiger View Post
    Karen,
    Sorry to be such a PITA but I don't see the two above anywhere.
    Any more clarification would be appreciated.
    TIA
    Ill get back to you tomorrow. It's already bedtime for me.
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    Default Re: What AV software do you recommend me?

    System Preferences, then select Security & Privacy, then select Firewall tab.

    Open Safari, the bring up Safari preferences (in menu Safari -> Preferences or Cmd,) on the General tab, there is a check box at the bottom that says "open safe files after downloading", make sure it is unchecked.
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    Default Re: What AV software do you recommend me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    System Preferences, then select Security & Privacy, then select Firewall tab.

    Open Safari, the bring up Safari preferences (in menu Safari -> Preferences or Cmd,) on the General tab, there is a check box at the bottom that says "open safe files after downloading", make sure it is unchecked.
    Karen,

    Tks for all of your help.
    And I did find the Firewall setting as well.
    All is good.

    Tks again

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    Default Re: What AV software do you recommend me?

    For all who read this in the Future, From a Pen testers point of view you should seriously consider running a AV product on your machine, especially since these machines have a straight Permissions escalation process malware is being written for macs and will get more prominent as we go forward, also dont fall for all the BS being pointed at windows as I run and have ran my machines with only Security Essentials where as All Unix Based OS's have a few Zero days that are patched only through open source Repositories, which apple doesn't really manage or allow with OS X.

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