Friday, February 13, 2015

Reprise: Do Mac OS computers need anti-virus and firewall software?

Given a recent purchase of an up-to-date MacBook (for film and piano music), with OS 10.2 (Yosemite), I still wonder about the need for an anti-virus program and firewall.  Two different Apple store employees said it wasn’t needed. 
An article in CNET, by Topher Kessler, from Jan. 31, 2014 takes a middle ground and says, well, maybe.  Here’s the link. It also says that Symantec (Norton) and McAfee didn’t work as well as some other ones, some of them free.  I see Sophos in the recommended list, and I thought that Sophos provided the engine for Webroot.
I would think that if you were uploading files to other companies’ servers, they would want you to have protection. 

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