Don't-Miss Security Stories

DoorStop X Security Suite

DoorStop X Security Suite is an easy-to-configure front end to Apple’s built-in firewall application. When used in tandem with the Who’s There? log viewer and the excellent supporting documentation, it can help keep your Mac safe.

NetBarrier X4 10.4.1

While NetBarrier X 10.4.1’s default configurations are probably either too permissive or too secure for most users, customization will allow for all the Internet and network access you need, while protecting you from the bad guys.

Norton Personal Firewall 3.0.3

Symantec’s Norton Personal Firewall 3.0.3 is a simple and effective firewall application that’s easy enough for novices to use, yet powerful enough to protect your system and offer a wealth of configuration options.

IPNetSentryX

IPNetSentryX is not for novices, nor will it protect your Macintosh single-handedly. But, if you understand how to analyze network traffic and want to keep using OS X’s built-in firewall, IPNetSentryX can be a powerful weapon in your security arsenal.

Flying Buttress 1.4

Flying Buttress is a very nice addition to Apple’s built-in firewall, providing easy access to features that would otherwise be unavailable unless you are capable of configuring OS X’s built-in firewall via the Terminal interface.

Little Snitch 1.2

Little Snitch strikes a good balance between automatically blocking potential problems and letting users decide what connections to allow. This is a great tool for anyone who uses a wide variety of software.

ClamXav 1.0.3

Despite its user interface issues and slow scanning speed, ClamXav will provide a good level of protection for the typical user, and you can’t beat its price.

ClamXav 1.0.1

Despite its user interface issues and slow scanning speed, ClamXav will provide a good level of protection for the typical user, and you can’t beat its price.

Intego VirusBarrier X4

Intego’s VirusBarrier X4 will do a great job of protecting your machine from malware and Trojans. While it’s the most expensive antivirus app we tested, it’s also the fastest and easy to use.

Norton AntiVirus 10.1

Once installed and running, Norton AntiVirus 10.1 is easy to use and customize and reasonably speedy, and it does a good job of catching malware. But if you’re just going to try it out, be careful about all the components it installs on your Mac.

Timbuktu Pro 8.5

Timbuktu Pro remains the gold standard for Macintosh remote control. A remote install, encryption, and user authentication features make this a must-have upgrade for anyone using 7.0 or earlier.

Norton AntiVirus 10.0.1

Norton AntiVirus 10.0.1 is a substantial upgrade over previous versions. If you’re a Tiger user who’s already running NAV—or you work in a mixed-platform environment—making the switch is a no-brainer.

DoorStop X 1.0

DoorStop X may be the right product for novice users seeking more features than the firewall built into OS X, and using an interface that is easy to understand. However, users willing to deal with complexity may opt for more features at a comparable price in competing firewalls.