Mac may no longer be more secure than Windows

Discussion in 'Mac OS' started by Katzenfreund, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. prashantsays

    prashantsays MDL Junior Member

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    various sites have suggested that windows defender's protection doesn't match the standards. Though i agree that win10 is more secure.
    what are your thoughts on windows defender?
     
  2. Katzenfreund

    Katzenfreund MDL Expert

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    Windows Defender indeed gets low ratings in comparative AV tests. You’d be (even) more secure with a free third party product, such as AVIRA, AVAST or AVG.
     
  3. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Recommend to be cautious here :hmm:.

    The main entry point for malicious stuff is the browser. Either a site attacks (even via hijacked commercials) or the user downloads a codec.exe since it was recommended for install, to view an uploaded HD video :cool2:.

    Since most 3rd party AVs tend to install very invasive link checker and cut other holes in secured https, i would never ever recommend to install the ones you mentioned.

    Fortify the browser and check carefully what you allow to install. Then Defender is quite sufficient.
     
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  4. prashantsays

    prashantsays MDL Junior Member

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    I was quite okay with defender as my default av but surprisingly antimalware service was a major resource hog, i won a eset multi device security giveaway with 1 year license at mdl and it consumes far less memory than defender, i look forward to going back to defender after my eset's license expire hoping that it wouldn't consume that much memory then or else i would have to install avast o_O
     
  5. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Can't complain here. Is mostly about 100 MB and only increases in case of scans. First thing i always do is to batch-exclude all my drives but c:. I scan my files manually with virustotal and don't need Realtime Protection to watch every move on those drives. Additionally all Cloud related is deactivated.
     
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  6. prashantsays

    prashantsays MDL Junior Member

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    SORRY FOR BEING OFF TOPIC
    1.Your signature shows you are on 14393.726
    mine shows 14393.693 but still it doesn't shows me any updates, y so?
    2. How do i get notifications of new replies on threads i have replied on mdl??
     
  7. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    #1. Should be kb3216755 which was pre-release then got added to the cataloge, but not officially promoted by WU so far. Could change tomorrow.

    #2. Subscribe to the thread and set to notice via control panel.
     
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  8. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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  9. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    Russia has a different philosophy on hacking / reverse engineering. They actually teach it in their schools.
    I respect that. You should give your children -every- advantage possible.

    And no. MAC users will probably not be deterred at all.
     
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  10. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Because most of Mac users I came across are totally ignorant & expect world to bow to them because they have money to buy Apple hardware (which therefore must be "safe & sound")
    Yet in reality they know nothing

    sebus
     
  11. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    @sebus: LOL Yup! :thumbsup:
     
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