Computing Magazine

Free Security How To: Internet Security, Computer Protection with Addon Software on Macintosh

Posted on the 03 October 2011 by Safegadget_com @safegadget

Apple MacBook Notebook Laptop

We continue our coverage of Macintosh security with this article. Previously, we covered Free Security How to: Computer Security, Computer Protection on Macintosh.

The Mac can be made even more secure through the installation of third party utility software. Several programs listed below are free, while others cost money. Consider the free tools first, and supplement them with paid products if necessary.

Keeping Your Mac Clean

It’s important to make sure that old software or unused browser cache files, that could be simply wasting space and causing your system to run slower, are removed when they are not needed. Old software that has not received any new updates or software whose developer has dropped support for, can also pose as a security risk, especially if the software needs to access the Internet. The following optional third party Macintosh software helps fix problems like this.

Optional Mac OS X 3rd Party Software

Keeping your Mac Clean:

0: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

A free anti-virus program for the Macintosh from major security software vendor Sophos. Supports Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

Macintosh Security Software Onyx

1. Onyx:

You can us Onyx (free) to delete old cache files, run time scripts, and run tons of other verifications and log dumps. It’s an all-around amazing application that will not only clean out your Mac but keep it running fast.

Macintosh Security Software App Zapper

2. AppZapper

You can use AppZapper to completely get rid of unwanted installed software. It’s an excellent, easy to use application that does what it says. It comes with other great features, like organizing and keeping all your application licensing information. It is fast and has an easy to use and attractive interface. The software has limited free functionality.

Macintosh Security Software ClamXAV Antivirus

3. ClamXav

ClamXav is a free antivirus scanner, and relies on the open source ClamAV antivirus engine. It’s an effective, fast, and lightweight antivirus solution that has a great price tag of $0.

Windows 7 Security Software Truecrypt

4. Truecrypt

Truecrypt is one of the best encryption programs out there and it is free. With algorithms that have the FBI scratching their heads, and an easy to use encryption, Truecrypt is a great alternative to Mac OS X’s own Filevault if you feel you need the extra protection. With features such as Hidden Volumes, Automatic real time encrypting, Plausible Deniability, Parallelization and Pipelining, it’s hard to find any better encryption software on the market. It’s also open source, and completely free.

Macintosh Security Software Virus Barrier

5. Virus Barrier

Virus Barrier is a full antivirus malware scanning application with plenty of features, like customizable scan times, Bootcamp volume scans (only in the X6 version), fixes for Windows viruses, fixes for Linux viruses, keylogger eradication, and plenty more.  It comes in three versions, Free, Plus, and X6. The paid versions (Plus and X6) can be pretty big memory hogs and don’t add much value, unless you are mainly working with Windows volumes on your Mac. But the free version has little impact on normal performance and will keep your Mac safe while also stopping you from spreading Windows viruses. The Free and Plus versions are available on the Mac App Store.

Macintosh Security Software OptimUSB

6. OptimUSB

Available in the Mac App Store for $12.95, OptimUSB comes in several languages and optimizes your USB flash drives and external drives. What’s interesting about OptimUSB is that it also includes an antivirus scan that will prevent you from spreading viruses to your external and USB flash drives (similar to Panda’s USB Vaccine). You can run it before you eject your drives and it will get rid of all the DS. Store, on any other temporary Mac files that you do not need.

Macintosh Security Software DoorStop X

7. DoorStop X Security Suite

OpenDoor’s DoorStop X Security Suite has been around for quite a while, costs money, but has promise. Their expanded firewall is easy to use and provides complete security and firewall protection (even more features than Mac OS X’s own firewall protection). OpenDoor has been developing since Mac OS 8, and they are committed to providing great support and plenty of updates. Considered one of the best Third Party firewall suites, DoorStop X Security Suite is maybe worth the $79 price tag if you feel you still need the extra protection and are not a novice user.

8. Free Internet Security Software From Your ISP

Some internet service providers distribute free secure Macintosh security software to their subscribers. For instance, Comcast has a free copy of Norton Internet Security for Mac for their internet subscribers. Be sure to check with your ISP before purchasing any big name Macintosh security software.

By applying several free Macintosh security utilities, we can significantly increase the security of our Macintosh MacBook notebooks and Macintosh desktops.

This concludes our Free Security How to: Computer Security and Computer Protection on a Windows computer article. Other articles on Safegadget.com help you secure the other aspects of your personal computer, including How to Set up a Secure Wireless Network, and How to Secure Internet Explorer article, or How to Secure Firefox Article. Please see our other articles on security tips for your e-mail, iPad, online banking, online shopping, smart phones, and more.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
    LIFESTYLE
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener
    GARDENING, HOME

Magazines