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Your Mac’s Firewall is Off By Default: Do You Need to Enable It? | How-To Geek

A standard Mac OS X system doesn’t have such potentially vulnerable services listening by default, so it doesn’t need a tacked-on firewall to help protect such vulnerable services from being attacked.

This is actually the same reason why Ubuntu Linux doesn’t ship with its firewall on by default — another thing that was controversial at the time. Ubuntu took the approach of simply not having potentially vulnerable services listening by default, so an Ubuntu system is secure without a firewall. Mac OS X works in the same way.

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