Don't have good answer due to limited Mac experience


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Posted by Gerry on 04/01/02 - 19:37:08
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Cricket,  Unfortunately, I don't have a good answer for you due to limited experience with Macs.  

However, even if Macs come with all TCP/IP ports set ideally in stealth mode (i.e.- not responding), which I do not know is the case, I still think it would still be prudent to have a firewall in order to keep all ports closed, even if some rogue software that managed to get installed on your system decided to open one.  

Also, I think it is prudent to have a firewall to block transmitions in the opposite direction -- in order to prevent rogue software that might get installed on your system from sending messages back to its originator.  Software from even some "reputable" vendors has been found to communicate information back to the vendor's server (one example of this was an earlier version of Real Player that sent back info about the files played, but that is no longer the case with the more recent versions).

I'm not trying to spread paranoia, just hoping everyone stays safe.

If anyone has knowledge about Macs, of course feel free to jump in here.

Best, Gerry


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