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will i hurt anything turning my firewall on and off?? (2 posts)

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  • Started 18 years ago by reposed
  • Latest reply 18 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • reposed Member

    im just wondering... im a total noob to macs and ftps in general. my friend reconmended your program and im using the trial version. just downloaded it actually. but in order to get a list of my files from other computer. i need to turn off my Mac OS X firewall to transfer/upload and then to even see the list of the other comp. i was wondering, if turning it off and on will leave me vulnerable and will it hurt anything??? just wondering about this... im paranoid about outside interference. thanks!

    Posted 18 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    My feeling is that the OS X firewall is not very necessary provided that your Mac is behind a Network Address Translation (NAT) device, such as a router or wireless base station that shares an Internet connection among multiple computers.

    I do wish that Apple made it possible to open only the ports that are used for active mode FTP. I've made that request, and hopefully it will happen for 10.4.

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 18 years ago #

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