Do You Need Anti-Virus On Your Mac?

March 13th, 2008

Apple / Mac

Microsoft’s Windows Operating System is the most popular computer software in the world right now. With the #1 spot comes more than the bright limelight. Crackers and “script kiddies” are out to exploit your Windows-based desktop or laptop and steal all your personal information. For the average Internet user, sooner or later that’s going to happen and you’ll need to protect yourself if you want to surf with peace of mind.

Software to protect you while surfing the web is a multi-million dollar industry. From anti-virus to anti-spam to powerful firewalls, a lot goes into making sure that porn attachment you just opened is really Lesbian Action and not some nasty cracker trying to get to your passwords and credit card numbers.

The best way to protect yourself is to log off and go outside. Putting a condom over your monitor won’t save you from the dark world of personal information trading on the Internet. But there are some things you can do to protect yourself that are free, and these are probably the best steps to remaining virus-free on any platform.

  • Don’t open e-mail attachments from unknown people.
  • Quit surfing porn, warez, and illegal torrent websites.
  • Download your MP3’s from friends or pay for them (iTunes).
  • Use ‘nslookup’ and ‘traceroute’ to make sure you’re on the “real” server.
  • Don’t use a password more than once and include at least two numbers.
  • Check your e-mail message headers before typing in any information.
  • If a site asks you to install “XYZ,” pass it up. You don’t need fake codecs.
  • Always use strong passwords on your computer login names.
  • Stop doing heavy drugs and buy a Mac Pro. You’ll be amazed.

If you’re still longing for a super duper anti-virus solution, it means you’ve probably used Windows for far too long. Don’t worry, it’s OK. Give this free anti-virus solution a try on your Mac.

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One Response to “Do You Need Anti-Virus On Your Mac?”

  1. Thomas

    Richard, WTF!!! “Stop doing heavy drugs and buy a Mac Pro. You’ll be amazed.” How could you???