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The 5 Best Security and Privacy Tools for Your Mac

Apple computers are famously immune to viruses, but there are still steps you need to take.

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Kathy Shaidle

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April 9, 2013 - 7:00 am
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I’ve been using Apple computers since the 1980s, and I’ve lost track of how many I’ve owned.

(Right now I have two — an iMac desktop and a MacBook Air for travel/emergencies.)

I’m not an expert, just a (very) longtime user. And a smug one.

Yes, I’m one of those Mac groupies.

One thing we brag about is that viruses don’t tend to affect us.

That’s why installing anti-virus programs is not only unnecessary (most of the time), but can actually mess up your machine.

The last time I brought my (previous) iMac to the Genius Bar, complaining of slow performance, the Apple Store guys just trashed the anti-virus software and my machine was back to normal.

As far as viruses are concerned, Macs:

a) represent such small market share that malicious pranksters usually don’t bother targeting them, and

b) Apple continues to “harden” its hardware, operating system, and apps to keep invasions to a minimum.

That’s why it’s especially important for Mac users to download the very latest version of the OS X and other Apple software and apps.

(Here’s a great and very recent article about Macs and viruses that covers the special circumstances when you might want to install anti-virus software.)

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"Apple computers are famously immune to viruses"

For more info on the viruses that Macs are supposedly and famously immune to, please read this:

http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/20524-Big-Mac-attack,-pt.-MMCLXXIV.html

Maybe he meant "used to be'.
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Thanks.
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I use Do Not Track Me as well. Websites were becoming so slow due to parsing the sites I had to. As soon as I installed it the sites went back to normal speed.
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