Mac Security Software

The fact that many Mac users do not have any form of Mac security software is testament to the level of ingenuity that goes in to creating Apple computers and software. While there are numerous software titles you can download for your protection, most viruses simply do not affect Macs.

Do it for the Others


If your computer runs on Windows, antivirus software is essential. There are numerous viruses that are able to worm there way into your computer if you’re not a Mac user. Should Mac users completely ignore Mac security software then? Probably the most compelling reason for Mac users to get antivirus software is to protect Windows users. PC based Malware has no effect on Apple computers but Macs can still store Malware and even pass it on to PC users. This is good enough reason to protect yourself and your friends and countless others who are not Mac users. It’s also a good idea to have protection from Windows based Malware if you plan on running Windows on your Mac.

What to Look For in Security Software

When it comes to Mac security software there are some things you should take into consideration before you decide what software to buy.

  • Scope of Protection: Staying protected is more than just avoiding risky sites or only downloading known applications. Your computer is constantly accessing and sharing files and opening itself up to other computers and servers. You want software that can protect you from all angles and all forms of Malware like Trojan horses, spyware, rootkits, and more.

  • Effectiveness: Your level of protection is important. Your security software should be able to proactively protect you and not just remove threats after your computer is affected. It’s important for your software to be thorough and accurate. You don’t want your software to inadvertently flag the wrong software and blocking you from important files and software. That has been an issue with some of the free and cheaper software titles.

  • Features: The main function of your security software is of course security, but good software can also improve your computer’s overall performance and usability.

  • Ease of Use: Your antivirus software should run smoothly in the background like it’s not even there. You may need to interact with it once in a while but it should not be a daily or even weekly task. It should be there working without your help.
  • Help and Support: Apple support is legendary and Apples security software should be the same.

Top Software Titles for Macs

No one’s computer lives in a vacuum and while your Mac may be invulnerable to Malware and other viruses now, there are people out there who would love to cause trouble for Apple users and they will probably find a way to do just that. Here are some of the top Mac security software titles available today.

  • Intego Virus Barrier
  • Norton Antiviurs for Mac
  • BitDefender Antivirus
  • Kaspersky Anti-virus 2011
  • ESET Cyber Security
  • F-Secure Anti-virus
  • Titanium Internet Security
  • McAfee VirusScan
  • ProtectMac AntiVirus

Malware for Macs

While most of the Apple faithful do not have any Mac security software and do not feel the need to get any, there are problems that do exist; they’re just not nearly as prevalent as Malware is for Windows users. I am of course talking about MacDefender, and its close cousins, MacSecurity and MacProtector.

These software titles are actually malware made to look like it is actually anti-malware applications, and usually show up when a person clicks on a poisoned image or link. Often malware is disguised in fake apps like movie players and download managers. While Windows users are the primary target, malware is becoming more and more prevalent for Mac users and it’s a good idea to be safe rather than sorry.

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