Managing Shields

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As you surf the Internet, the shields automatically block and quarantine any threats that attempt to download and run on your Mac.

If a shield detects an item that it classifies as a potential threat or an item it does not recognize, it opens an alert. The alert asks if you want to allow the item to run or if you want to block it. If you aren't sure what to do, we recommend blocking the file.

The shields are preconfigured, based on our recommended settings. You do not need to configure any settings yourself unless you are an advanced user and would like to modify shield behavior.

To view shield status or to disable shields:

  1. In the menu bar, click the Webroot icon to open the SecureAnywhere interface.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Open Webroot SecureAnywhere.
  3. From the main window, click Mac Security.

    SecureAnywhere includes two types of shields:
    • Realtime shield — Controls how threats are blocked and quarantined on your Mac.
    • Web Threat shield — Protects your system as you surf the Internet.
  4. Click the button next to the shield name to turn it off.
    • If the orange indicator is to the left, the shield is off.
    • If the green indicator is to the right, the shield is on.
    If you disable a shield, your Mac is vulnerable. The SecureAnywhere interface turns orange, which is a warning state.

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