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Offline techie

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Re: Malware question : redux
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2016, 12:33:53 PM »
"Do I also need to run Parallels?" 

Only if you intend on running Windows software while booted to the MAC OS. If you only intend to run Windows programs in the installed Windows OS, then the answer is no. If you use bootcamp, you will be given the option of which OS to boot into.

The plus is you can run Windows specific programs, without a add on. The minus is you have to reboot to switch between the two operating systems.

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Re: Malware question : redux
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2016, 01:01:25 PM »
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The free version is rated as the best for Apple Macs OS X
That depends on who you listen too. It is highly rated but not always rated best. Regardless which security setup you use, the user is always the weakest link in security. So it is up to the user to keep the OS (or OSes) updated, that the user avoid risky behavior like visiting illegal gambling and pornography sites, avoid participating in illegal file sharing via P2P and Torrents, and the user is not "click-happy" on unsolicited downloads, attachments, popups and links.
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Re: Malware question : redux
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2016, 02:05:39 PM »
If a user is click happy or not safe in there habits, nothing is going to work as it should, it's on them. I don't see a business user doing any of these, maybe an employee.

I don't see this as a problem with JDBush61. This is just an extra layer of security, just like turning the firewall stealth on, or encrypting the files. He ask about security, this is the best answer I know, from experience. I just upgraded two Apple systems last Friday one Imac and one Macbook Pro for a friends business.

The odds are you may never have any problems or infections with a Mac. The answer yes bootcamp works well. You are just using a dual boot with two different OS. You can run all windows programs and apps in the Windows OS. Each OS should have Malware protection.

The answer is yes a Mac can can be a carrier of malware, with no affects on it's own OS. The ratings are just that, I haven't found anything that is perfect.

There are Macbooks and Windows in my own personal network and never has a Mac infected a Windows OS.


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Re: Malware question : redux
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2016, 02:45:35 PM »
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I don't see a business user doing any of these, maybe an employee.
It happens all the time. That is exactly why "socially engineered" methods of malware distributions is, BY FAR, the most prolific, insidious, and successful way bad guys distribute malware and deliver their payloads.

You are suggesting that a business user (and how that is different from an employee, I don't understand), is somehow smarter and much more of a security expert than other users. Sorry, but that makes no sense.

It is about discipline much more than smarts and there is no reason a business user is more disciplined than any other user.

I don't see this a problem with JDBush61 either - but note even the most disciplined, security aware person can slip once in a while. Or another user less disciplined may have access to that computer.

So I say again, the user is always the weakest link - even if they are a top security expert.
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Re: Malware question : redux
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2016, 03:28:01 PM »
All I did was answer the question. A user is always the weakest link, but any user or OS needs security, This is off topic.

I answered the otiginal question, yes bootcamp works, yes a mac can have a Windows virus and not be affected. It can spread it to a Windows OS. No you don't need to run Parallels unless you continue to plan on using Windows apps or programs with the Mac OS.

My daughter is on the NYU network daily. I can't be there to help protect or clean her system up. It runs Sophos, with the Firewall Stealth on and her personal files are encrypted. It has worked for three years now. She is a smart user. Her iPhone never is connected to any wifi devices.

The business I was talking about the same setup, files are encrypted to help protect customer information.

Yes I have experience, I provided an answer and I'm now done with this topic.