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What to do with new Mac

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by kevinturcotte, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Jan 9, 2013 #1 of 38
    kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte New Member

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    My Father got a new Mac the other day, and is having internet installed today. What are some things that should be done/installed to it (I'm used to Windows)? All he really plans on using it for is web browsing, email, youtube, things like that, so I'm just talking basic utilities and settings.
     
  2. Jan 9, 2013 #2 of 38
    Hoosier205

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    Not much that I can think of. They come ready to rock and roll.
     
  3. Jan 9, 2013 #3 of 38
    P Smith

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    yeah ... just stay with Safari ...
     
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    CCarncross

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    They make great doorstops...:lol:

    Nothing needs to be done to it, except verify that it has some kind of antivirus protection. Some think MAC's cant get virus', not true, there are just not as many groups out there trying to infect them.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2013 #5 of 38
    billsharpe

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    If there's an Apple store nearby, check on whether they give free lessons for the Mac. As a minimum the store help will be glad to answer any questions you and your father might have.

    My wife got an iPad2 last year and appreciated the introductory lessons our local Apple store less than a mile away provided. I've been a PC user since 1983, although I did pick up an iPod Touch a couple years ago.
     
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    SayWhat?

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    Make applesauce?
     
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    dpeters11

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    Make sure that the OS is all current and patched.

    Also, Apple doesn't include Java anymore, if he uses anything that needs it, I'd install it. However, if he doesn't need it, I suggest not messing with it.
     
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    trh

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    You might also get a mouse for the Mac depending on how well he can operate the track pad.
     
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    lparsons21

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    I won't say that it is impossible to get malware on a Mac, but I had Sophos on for 2 years and it didn't ever find one. And in fact I took it off because it would sometimes send the CPU into a panic.

    Staying off the porn sites and pirate crap and no av software is needed!
     
  10. P Smith

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    Kidding ? When you'll be 64 years old I will ask you about he habits :D
     
  11. lparsons21

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    I'm 69.
     
  12. P Smith

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    I'm glad you can do that :eek2:
     
  13. dpeters11

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    If only that were true.
     
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    Macs DO NOT need antivirus software, so don't worry about that.

    As others have suggested, do check for updates as soon as you have it up & running.
     
  15. dpeters11

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    Mac's are not immune to viruses or malware. As market share increases, and Windows users get more careful, they will generate more interest from virus writers especially if Mac users feel invulnerable. Flashback and Mac Defender were not isolated incidents.

    And it doesn't take a nefarious site to get an infection. It is even possible to see a tweet from a friend or even respected professional with a malicious link. And no, it doesn't require that their account info was hacked.

    Ok, my Twitter example may have been a bad one. They don't use Ruby on Rails anymore.
     
  16. Stewart Vernon

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    While it isn't impossible... If you don't download from untrusted sources, don't click every link you see, and don't visit questionable sites... you can avoid about 99% of all virus stuff out there.

    Blocking scripts and ads in your browser helps quite a bit too.
     
  17. dpeters11

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    You could potentially say the same about Widows as well, but I know. Wouldn't let my parents to without AV. All it takes is one mistake, and i would get an unpleasant phone call and long distance tech support.
     
  18. Stewart Vernon

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    The problem I have ran into... is such people (like a parent) that requires that... will not let the anti-virus software update or will not know when it has crashed or isn't running... thereby defeating the purpose.

    Bottom line. Some people always seem to get the viruses... other people seem to never get them.
     
  19. kevinturcotte

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    This REALLY needs to be pretty much install and forget it. If something isn't updating itself, or there are pop ups, I'm gonna be getting a call lol
    He actually got it at a Mac store, and he is DEFINITELY going to have to go in and have them show him how to use it. I think I will probably go in with him too. I was ready to smash the thing lol At least he can turn it on and off, and get onto the internet using Safari. Anything more advanced is going to have to wait.
     
  20. dpeters11

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    I have seen that, if they turn it on, check email then turn it off. So I do always recommend to them to have it on for a few hours at least.

    Of course the worst of them still rocked the dialup modem.
     

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