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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 12, 2008 / 15 Kislev 5769

To ‘vaccinate’ your Mac — or not?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There was a slight kerfuffle in Mac-land as December began when Apple Inc. released — and then withdrew — a technical note suggesting that Macintosh owners should get and use multiple versions of anti-virus software to protect their systems. The "KnowledgeBase" article was removed from Apple's online services within 24 hours of its gaining media attention.


The hubbub came because Macs have, traditionally, been viewed as relatively removed from the clutches of virus-spreaders. Since Windows-based PCs have had as much as 95 percent of the computing market, virus pushers have gone there, leaving Macs largely alone.


Moreover, an Apple spokesman told Macworld magazine (www.macworld.com), "The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box."


Macworld quoted the spokesman, Bill Evans, as adding, "since no system can be 100-percent immune from every threat, running anti-virus software may offer additional protection."


I've used Macs, actively and on a more-or-less daily basis, since 1991, and I can't recall a major virus-related problem with any of them. While that's a good thing, no good thing lasts forever, and a potential threat may yet loom out there.


What to do? The first thing, I'd suggest, is not to panic. There have been few attacks on Macs, and no major ones reported this year. The odd virus will surface, but it is often shot down quickly.


That said, you can (and perhaps should) get an anti-virus program for your Mac. I've just installed iAntiVirus, from the Australian firm PC Tools, an independent unit of Symantec Corp. There's a free version (www.iantivirus.com) which offers smart scanning of viruses, their removal, and constant updates; a paid version for $29.95 lets you run it on more computers (as many as three) and offers telephone support. Volume licenses are also available.


After installation, I did a "quick scan" of the 2.33 GHz iMac at my home office, and it came up clean 22 minutes later. I could run a more detailed scan, and might overnight. During the scan, I could keep the program in the background and work on other items, even though this computer has only 2 Gigabytes of RAM. This suggests that iAntivirus doesn't gum up the works too terribly much, which is a good thing.


Earlier this year I tried several anti-virus and anti-spam filters from Intego Software (www.intego.com). These programs are interesting, and sport a robust list of capabilities and features, but they also made life rather difficult for me, particularly on the e-mail filtering side. There, the Intego programs kept marking as "spam" items I wanted or needed to get in my Inbox. The anti-virus software seemed a bit hinky as well, and I eventually removed it and the other Intego programs from the MacBook Pro at work because I didn't want to be bothered.


That brings me to a couple of general conclusions about anti-virus software, which are typified by my Mac experiences. One is that anti-virus software should be free, or as low-cost as possible. That goes against my inner capitalist, but the fact is, the more easily computer users can block and defeat viruses, the sooner (one hopes) the overall problem would diminish. That means the vast majority of people should use anti-virus software, and thus it should be free.


Or, solid anti-virus protection — with more "oomph" than the current components of Windows Vista — should be part of all future computer operating systems. Before someone starts screaming about anti-trust and monopoly, please see the argument above. Building it into the operating system is certainly a way to make protection universally available.


For now, find a good, inexpensive program and put it on your computer. One maker to avoid, though, is Panda Software, whose near-incessant e-mailing to their customers obliterates, in my view, any good their products accomplish.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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