Dear lazyweb, (may I call you lazy?) When I hook my mother’s imac up to a broadband connection next week what kind of security measures should I take? I assume there is a built-in firewall in OSX, which will be fairly efficient. I don’t propose to waste money on anti-virus software. Her email is a closely guarded secret, which has so far preserved her from phishery or spam.
Ideally, I would like a VNC connection to be possible, but only from named domains (mine, but they’re both on dynamic IP). I know how to do that with linux — at least I have done it, which suggests that I did once know. I can’t find a Windows firewall which will let me do that — they all want an IP address, rather than a domain name. Is there a simple, idiot-proof way to do it on a mac?
I worry about this because I get about ten attempts a week to connect to the VNC server on this machine, and I don’t want my mother even to have to think about security of that sort.
fn1. my mother is not an idiot. But she is closer to ninety than eighty.