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This review is from: Norton Internet Security for Mac (CD-ROM)
I bought the software as coaxed directed by Amazon and it will not install on Mountain Lion. Been better if I would have took a lighter to the cash. Asked Apple and they told me to contact Norton for switch. Then Apple genius mentioned that Apples do not need antivirus. I feel ripped off
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 6:38:48 PM PST
J. Shinn says:
While I would agree never to use any Norton product, I would have to disagree with the Apple "Genius" in that there is no such thing as a safe computer. I run Linux and UNIX boxes and ALWAYS have anti-virus and malware protection installed.
I would recommend looking at the Open Source and free ClamXav (add a dot com on the end for their site) based off the popular ClamAV. The thing is you always want to be protected, AND it's a good idea when doing business and conversing with other operating systems since Mac OS X can be a carrier without being infected itself.
Hope that helps you out Matthew.
Posted on Nov 29, 2012 5:37:55 AM PST
That Genius needs to be fired. Anti-virus software is just as useful for OS X as any other OS. While Apple does do some background work to protect OS X from malware, their solution is not complete. As for software, I've been using VirusBarrier. Sounds like it offers features similar to Norton and it keeps itself well behaved in the background, usually. There is an annual subscription after the first year, but it's well worth the added protection. Check it out
Posted on Feb 23, 2013 7:12:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 23, 2013 7:34:57 AM PST
J. Harley says:
Set up a Norton account, log in and download the latest version from directly within the account. If it says you have no licenses remaining, click the management button on the bottom of the Norton account page, log into Norton account device management and delete the existing computer to make the license available again. This will ensure you get the latest version of the software which hopefully works with ML. Make sure you uninstall the current version before installing upgraded version. I use it in Windows 8 with no problems, so I'd hope they have a ML compatible version.
As for that so-called "genius", I have one word: flashback. I really wish Apple would come up with a new name for their Apple store employees. Most of them are far from being "geniuses'. In fact, many (like the ones who say Macs don't need antivirus) border on complete incompetency when it comes to knowledge of their own products. I had one "genius" insist the replacement cost for a 32GB gen 4 iPod was $199 even after I pulled up the correct price of $99 on Apple's own web site on a display Mac in the store and showed it to him. A manager finally had to step in for the "genius" and charged me the correct price. I've had numerous other "geniuses" tell me that a number of different issues with iPhones, iPads and iPods were all software related and the result of restoring from corrupted backups. We visited an Apple store three times with a defective iPhone before they finally replaced it. Each time we were told the problem was caused by a corrupted backup. The first backup was from iTunes, the second backup was from iCloud, the third time, we didn't even restore from backup; we started totally fresh and manually re-entered all the data. It was comical to see the "genius" try to blame a corrupt backup file again only to be told we didn't restore from any backups. It's obvious that "corrupted backup" is their generic go-to diagnosis for everything. That doesn't sound like a genius level diagnosis to me. Not surprisingly, the replacement iPhone has worked just fine for months even after being restored from the original backup they blamed for the issues. The point of all this is, take whatever a so-called "genius" says with a very tiny grain of salt.
Posted on May 9, 2013 9:59:54 PM PDT
Jeffs Dad says:
If you ever were to install a Cisco firewall leaving your house, you would find that the Mac OS definitely does a lot of chatting you wouldn't appreciate; Apple does not make this information available or explain what these new services do because they mostly send your user info to Apple in an effort to make the Mac OS safer; although the purpose of these services can't be confirmed by Apple, it is my educated guess that's what they're doing.
Apple has been adding a lot of services that cripple your OS should you block them. You can set up parental controls to force the OS to ask you for approval before connecting to any secure http addresses, which is what I do, granted it is "annoying" to most users but not the paranoid, like me. Beyond that, you either need a Cisco firewall leaving your house, or something like a configurable firewall on the machine (your Mac*) to even confirm what the Mac OS is sending and receiving in the background.
It's not really the antivirus you want this software for: I can tell you personally, if you run any OS without a configurable firewall, you have no idea what is connected to your machine. These ports are all software controlled, so you need some software to manipulate their allowance. Even when visiting sites from Google for research I'll get a prompt from NIS saying an address is trying to connect to my Mac. Cisco makes a superb firewall hardware unit that protects your entire network (highly expensive); Norton makes a superb installable soft firewall that protects a single machine.
For one example, I use NIS Mac for blocking all traffic to/from every address on my LAN (excluding the gateway) because I noticed even my iPhone on WiFi tries to chat with all of the Macs on the network (even with that option on the phone disabled), and this was stopped perfectly using Norton's IS for Mac. It's price is reasonable as well.
I also absolutely recommend an app in the app store called "Cookie" which allows you to select which cookies and databases your browser keeps and the rest are nuked for good using a timer specified by the user.
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