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Old 08-04-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Macbook Pro Virus Protection? Insurance?

Hi y'all! I finally bit the bullet and purchased a Macbook Pro for my college freshman. (Well, grandma helped, but...) I know we will need to do Open Office or Microsoft Office, per the college.

Now, what about virus protection and insurance on the thing? I didn't do the Applecare initially, but I can go back and add that, correct?

Please, I'm open to any and all advice. Other than ipods and iphones, this is our first leap into Apple (but I don't think it will be the last).
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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You can add Applecare anytime within 1 year of the purchase date of the computer. No matter when you purchase it, it will cover the computer from 3 years of the computer's purchase date. (Not the Applecare purchase date.) It's a service plan, not insurance. It does not cover loss or theft! Get a cable lock for the computer if you haven't already. There's software called LoJack that can protect against theft as well. College kids are at VERY high risk of laptop theft. It happens regularly.

I personally don't use virus protection on any of my Macs, but I also know a fair bit about the various sorts of malware, how they work, and how they get into a system, so I protect myself with that knowledge. For users for whom this is more difficult, ClamXav and Sophos have come highly recommended to me in the past.

Additionally, there's an AdBlock addon for Safari (the built-in browser) that can keep malicious ads at bay. Or the user could download Chrome, which has even more security addons available.

Please tell your student to keep good backups. Data doesn't really exist until it exists in more than one place. One good drop and everything on your laptop could be lost forever. Keep backups! Always! Backups!

Edit - I just re-read my post and I sound really adamant about this stuff, LOL. Here's why: I worked in an Apple store in a college town for 3 years. I've seen so many cases of theft and so many dead laptops after someone spilled beer on them or vomited on them (or worse).

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Old 08-04-2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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My DD has had a MacBook for 4 years. She's never had the virus protection and never needed it. We always bought the AppleCare insurance. But also, our homeowner's insurance has a "rider" policy for electronics that costs me about $10 every six months. It also replaces any damaged or stolen computer for any reason. I was glad I had it because her apartment was broken into and her Mac was stolen.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:38 AM   #4
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I've always found Apple Care to be worth it. But as the PP mentioned it doesn't cover loss or theft and at college those will likely be your primary concerns.

I do use the free version of Sophos for virus protection. I didn't use any until recently and I've never had a virus. The ONLY reason I added the protection is that my 5yo has started using my computer. While Mac viruses are still rare especially compared to Windows based viruses I couldn't trust her to not click on something sketchy that a savvy user would never click on.
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My DD has had a MacBook for 4 years. She's never had the virus protection and never needed it. We always bought the AppleCare insurance. But also, our homeowner's insurance has a "rider" policy for electronics that costs me about $10 every six months. It also replaces any damaged or stolen computer for any reason. I was glad I had it because her apartment was broken into and her Mac was stolen.

How does your insurance cover a theft at your DD's apartment? Sincere question, my DD 22 lives on her own and has expensive electronics. She's an Apple employee. Is your daughter a student, is that why?
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How does your insurance cover a theft at your DD's apartment? Sincere question, my DD 22 lives on her own and has expensive electronics. She's an Apple employee. Is your daughter a student, is that why?
Well, it's not because she's a student, per se, but because she's a member of the household still, I guess. It's a separate add-on part of our homeowners insurance and covers electronics for the whole family against *anything.* Once she's out on her own, she will have to get her own policy, so yeah, I guess because she's student...

It's really quite inexpensive and it was a lifesaver when their apartment was vandalized.

This is through USAA; however, I'm sure all insurance companies offer it.
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OP, if you want to be on the safe side with anti-virus software, go to your DD's university website to their computing requirements page. I know for my son's school, they offered free Symantic antivirus software to students. You just need to have your school e-mail account established. I just downloaded this today for my son's new computer. I noticed that they offered free Mac software too.
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While at Freshman orientation last month for DD#1, we were told that ALL computers MUST have anti-virus installed, whether they are MAC or PC.

They suggested sophos.com which is a free anti-virus program for MAC.

I installed it on my home computer also.

I guess it works
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I have Sophos on my iMac. I run it periodically and have never had a virus.
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Thanks, everyone. Are there any other suggestions for insurance coverage?
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:19 PM   #11
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I got mine insured through homeowners insurance police, gotta pay a little extra. Virus protection.. don't have that.
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