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Staying safe on public wifi

Posted on May 21st, 2015 at 12:54 PM EDT

Everyone has to use public wifi now and then. It is somewhat common knowledge that this is unsafe, but most people aren’t entirely sure what to do about that, other than not visiting sensitive sites, like their bank site. Fortunately, there are some good tricks to keeping your Mac and your data safe on public wifi.
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Do I need a firewall?

Posted on June 5th, 2011 at 4:24 PM EDT

Firewalls have always been poorly understood, even by knowledgeable people. With the recent upsurge in Mac malware, there has been a lot of questionable advice circulating, some of which related to firewalls. People are recommending firewalls for avoiding malware, blocking hackers, preventing spam and any number of other things.  Some of these recommendations have some validity and some do not…  but how is the average user to know the difference?
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