Monday November 20, 2006
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- Do I need anti-virus software on my Mac?
Sean: If you are very careful you don't need a anti-virus program, because the level of security on your operating system better at this point. If a malware attempts to change any setting deep in the system it will prompt you for a password. Which in this case, don't enter your password.
Andy: To be on the safe side, running a anti-virus on your Mac can't hurt.
- Having a Mac anti-virus software installed, will catch Windows viruses in your email.
- Do I need to defrag my Mac's hard drive?
Sean: You do not need to defrag your hard drive under normal computing conditions. With OS X you should only have to defragment the drive under extreme circumstances. For more information see About Disk Optimization with Mac OS X.
Andy: The operating system takes care it for you, which is a wonderful feature.
- For the Mac you can get iDefrag from Coriolis Systems.
- Do I to worry about file permissions on my Mac?
Sean: Yes, because file permissions can get messed up over time. To check file permissions do the following:
1) Open a Finder window
2) Click Command-N
3) Go into the Applications Folder
4) Scroll down till you find Utilities Folder and double click
5) Look for your Disk Utility
6) Click repair disk permissions
- File permissions describe which users or groups of users may read, change, or run that file.
- If file permissions are set wrong, certain applications may not work properly anymore.
- OnyX - Titanitm Software.
- Version Tracker Software
- Disk Inventory X - a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later).