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Mac: Maintenance, Security, etc.
Need a few answers for my site.
Echo_Tyme




msg:979835
 9:35 pm on Jul 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hello, I have a site about computer maintenance, security, etc. I would like to include the Mac OS but I have no experience at all with it. I just need a few general questions answered if anyone would like to help me...

I just need to know how to maintain and optimize a machine run with Mac (like how windows has defragmenter and scandisk, etc).

I also need to know good security measures (like windows has the XP firewall and applications compatible with windows and all taht) what does mac have in the way of that?

(I need to write this on my site to novice users to people who are much more advanced, not to mention I have to be able to understand it to a degree)

Thank you for any help.

 

Macguru




msg:979836
 10:58 pm on Jul 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi Echo_Tyme,

>>what does mac have in the way of that?

An (arguable) straight answer would be Mac users dont need this stuff in their way.

We just push the buttons, and it works, no worries, viruses, scumwares, spywares, flaws, firewalls, security expert fees and time waiste. We just compute, with nothing in the way.

Echo_Tyme




msg:979837
 12:10 am on Jul 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Wait so mac's have all taht built in originally? So there is no need to use anything of the sort, and is this for all macs or just like macX?

Macguru




msg:979838
 12:32 am on Jul 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

No, Macs dont have all that built originally, because there is (almost) no need to use anything of the sort. Of course advanced Mac users who are editing sounds or video need a some disk utility to start a job on clean disk. Advanced Mac users running servers need some (minimal) security software since they run server software on top of the OS.

But I think both domestic and professional Mac users dont really need to worry about security or maintenance for their machines.

I used some utility for 'maintenance' some years back, but the only time it was really useful was to restore files I should have not trashed. I have stopped using it for maintenance since then with no ill effects. I saved a lot of time not worrying about 'errors' wich have no consequences, since then.

I used Northon utilities on Mac OS 6 to 8.6, and never used it on OS 9.

Some people use Macaroni on Mac Os X to automate Unix maintenance.

microcars




msg:979839
 9:36 pm on Jul 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just need to know how to maintain and optimize a machine run with Mac (like how windows has defragmenter and scandisk, etc).

like MacGuru said, OS 8 & 9 sort of benefit from something like Norton Utilites for defragging, but it really is not necessary unless you do large amounts of file creation and deletion. OS X does not need to be "defragmented", but there is the option to "Repair Permissions" under the Disk Utility that is built in. This usually fixes anything that gets wonky.
Third party apps like COCKTAIL and MACJANITOR can also accomplish the built-in UNIX maintenance programs that run once a day by themselves anyways.

I also need to know good security measures (like windows has the XP firewall and applications compatible with windows and all taht)

OS X is the best security measure there is.
There is a built-in Firewall, but it is OFF by default because all the ports not needed are CLOSED (unlike Windows which comes shipped with them OPEN), as you ENABLE certain services,such as File Sharing,you can enable the Firewall for that particular port.

Applications compatible with Mac OS X? I don't understand that one. If an app is not "compatible" it won't run.

(I need to write this on my site to novice users to people who are much more advanced, not to mention I have to be able to understand it to a degree)

Novice users won't need any of the Maintenance or Security info, seriously, that's why they bought a Mac in the first place. Advanced users will most likely know all the things needed, certainly more than I do and it would help if you were WRITING content about Maintaining a Mac or Security on a Mac if you actually USED a Mac.

The most helpful and useful Mac sites that I frequent are run by other Mac users.

fourstardragon




msg:979840
 9:52 pm on Jul 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

>that run once a day by themselves anyways.
In the middle of the night. If the computer is off or sleeping, you have to trigger them manually. Just Oper the terminal and type, as needed:
sudo periodic daily
sudo periodic weekly
sudo periodic monthly

Echo_Tyme




msg:979841
 8:08 am on Jul 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

I know I should be running a Mac to say anything about a mac, hense i'm here. I have no mac, and i need info to broaden my horizons. And from the information provided I realize a section on MAC for my site may not be needed, I may be able to make small suggestions, but nothing like Windows (which I find more and more faulty every day).

Brad




msg:979842
 1:17 am on Jul 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

What Macguru and the others say is true. I do run antivirus software on my two OS X machines (one Norton and the other VirusBarrier X) but that is just because I'm paranoid.

OS X seems to have all that Unix robustness and needs little fussing over.

Echo_Tyme




msg:979843
 9:33 pm on Jul 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

I see I see... Well that kinda sucks for me lol. Thanx for the info!

I may prod alil more if I can think of anything else, for now it seems as if MAC and *nix are indestructable ^.~

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