What’s the Best Virus Protection Software for My Mac?

POSTED BY brian IN Software ON 17 Feb 2009

mac perfil Whats the Best Virus Protection Software for My Mac?

If you’re using a PC that runs on the Windows operating system, you’re in luck. In many ways, Windows is kind of considered the “default” operating system, and it gets all the good stuff first.

If you’re running on a Mac… well, I feel for you. My Mac Mini, while it may be a great little unit for video and some games (since I added more RAM and voiced my warranty, that is), and it only cost me a scant five hundred bucks, but yeesh, I just cannot find much in the way of compatible software.

The funny thing is, for years, Apple took great pride in the fact that nobody was really bothering writing viruses to attack Mac computers with, and Macs were largely virus proof. They would openly assure their users not to worry about viruses, and would even make constant jabs at Microsoft for having so many problems with viruses. Luckily, this is partly accurate. Mac isn’t highly susceptible to viruses, but… a Mac is still somewhat susceptible to viruses, and there’s no way of getting around that.

Of course, that was then, and this is now. More recently, Apple has dropped the façade and started recommending that we all download some antivirus programs.

So I thought it might be helpful to name a good virus protection program for Mac. This is the one I use, and it seems to work fine: Norton AntiVirus.

It scans and cleans all downloaded files and email attachments, without slowing down delivery very much, it’s easy to use, very accessible, and has a pretty big database of known viruses.

The upside of owning a Mac is that, even if Apple has finally admitted that their OSX isn’t entirely virus proof, it is still strongly virus resistant.

Unfortunately, this leads a lot of Mac owners to assume that they are simply unsusceptible to viruses. This isn’t the case. If it has circuit boards and an operating system, some ding dong somewhere in the world is going to make a virus for it. Less threat doesn’t mean no therat, so don’t leave yourself unprotected.

Is it worth the effort? Well think of it this way… If you have a Mac, you probably won’t get infected, but if you cross the street, you probably won’t get hit by a car, right? Using antivirus protection on your Mac is like looking both ways before you cross the street, better to err on the side of safety.

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