Bought MacBook Pro

mr.reggaeton72

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Hi guys,

I just bought the new Mac Book Pro with Retina Display. I got it with the i7 2.6 GHz, 8GB DDR3, 512 SSD. So far, I really, really like it.

Maybe you guys can teach me a few tricks with it? I just got it in the mail a few weeks ago and I haven't really gotten the hang of it since I'm coming from Windows.

I'm trying to buy some good antivirus, if you guys can recommend any. Also, I'm a Network Engineer. If you guys have or know of programs that can simulate Cisco software, I'd thank you a million. For Windows, I generally use GNS3 but I don't think it's compatible with Mac.

Thanks guys.
 

Zanthe

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Been using Macs since 1985... no anti virus ever. Not saying that someday it won't be necessary but so far not needed.

Enjoy your new toy. Nice machine!
 

Europa

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Hey, mr.reggaeton. It's good to see you. :)

I've been using Macs for a little more than four years and I don't use an antivirus program. I did run one for about six months when I got my first Mac, but it was unnecessary so I uninstalled it. There aren't any Mac viruses in the wild at this time, but there are some trojans. However, I think the general rule of thumb is as long as you aren't downloading cracked programs, you aren't at risk and there is no need for a Mac AV. Just be sure to use an ad blocker on your browser and keep Adobe Flash, Reader and Java up to date if you use them. You'll be prompted when updates are available.

Enjoy your new computer. Here are some useful links:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1343
http://www.apple.com/support/macbasics/
 
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Thank you for your responds, Europa, but the OS X firewall doesn't have as many features as I'd like to. Maybe I haven't explore it enough, but as far as I know, OS X firewall is not stateful, and doesn't perform some other features as I'd like to.

But I'm getting the hang of it, though. Thanks, Europa.