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What, me worry (about Mac-attacks)?

on Dec 9, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 5 Comments

After being a PC user for most of my life, I just can’t help but feel a little bit exposed without any kind of antivirus on my shiny new Mac. I mean, I’ve heard it ad nauseum that the Mac just isn’t as prone to attacks as PCs are, but I for one just find [&hellip...

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After being a PC user for most of my life, I just can’t help but feel a little bit exposed without any kind of antivirus on my shiny new Mac. I mean, I’ve heard it ad nauseum that the Mac just isn’t as prone to attacks as PCs are, but I for one just find that hard to believe.

It is a computer that connects to the Internet after all; there has to be some level of risk there. According to this site, there are regular updates to address new Trojan horses, and other security violations and threats, so obviously Apple is taking this seriously.

Many industry ‘experts’ are starting to think that maybe antivirus on a Mac is (and will continue to be) more important moving forward. Some believe that a Mac is just inherently less susceptible to viruses, while others speculate that there may be other reasons behind it. Either way, the PC side of my brain has convinced me to at least investigate this a little more.

So, do you have an antivirus protection on your Mac?

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5 Responses to What, me worry (about Mac-attacks)?

  1. Todd Landry says:

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions. Nice to have a few more options.

  2. polo says:

    I’m using intego virusbarrier for many years now, it has detected some windows viruses last year and it does the job pretty well without slowing down my mac at all.

  3. Amy says:

    I’ve been a Mac user for a long time, and yes, I do have AV for the small number of Mac viruses that are out there. I use XClamAV and it has kept me safe so far. I did try VirusBarrier, but found it slowed my system to a crawl, which I can ill afford.

  4. Ahmed Dirie says:

    I remember this being a major concern for me when I first transitioned over to the bright-side, Mac, several years ago. I do remember seeing a Norton Antivirus for Mac, as well as an Internet Security suite. Whether it was useful was another question completely, seeing as the talk of the internet-town was that no viruses existed.

    If anything, I would resort to a phrase we all know about, “Prevention is better than cure”.

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