Re: I'm a refugee from windows
- From: Henry Flam <hflam@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 10:03:35 GMT
In article <1h2glzo.1944yzx1pk5cjsN%NOT.diskworld@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
NOT.diskworld@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Zaphod B) wrote:
> Peter James <pfjames@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I've just taken delivery of a new G5 iMac. It's sitting on my desk, quite
> > beautiful, slim and very attractive. Rather like Britney Spears!
> > It took all of 2 minutes to set up and connect to the Internet, I am very
> > impressed. And to be honest, "I'm in love".
> > But the one thing I can't do is ensure that the firewall is on. Can anyone
> > help? Thanks.
> Two things to say:
> 1) Mac OS X comes reasonably securely set up, right out of the box. It
> has most services switched off, and the root account is not enabled. If
> you want to be even more safe, make a separate Admin-enabled account,
> then turn off admin privileges for your regular account, and leave the
> admin account logged off when not using it. That way, it is very hard to
> abuse the machine even if you should be able to reach it from outside.
> 2) The firewall's GUI interface is found in System Preferences -->
> Sharing --> Firewall. If you like the command line and are familiar with
> it, the firewall is based on the more or less standard ipfw, commonly
> found onm *nix systems.
> But I leave mine turned off. :-)
This is a matter that I've always been confused about. I've do no file
sharing of any sort. Should I turn the firewall on or keep it off. If I
turn it on, will there be any problems with accessing the internet
through my ISP?
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