Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Basic Home Computer Security Question #4. I have a Mac. Do I need anti-virus software?

It is true that most viruses and malware in the past have been written for Windows systems. But recently as Macintoshes enjoyed more popularity there of course have been more viruses, adware, spyware etc. written for the Macintosh. In addition there are some threats such as Microsoft office vulnerabilities they can be utilized to attack a Macintosh. Because of this it is recommended that you run a reputable and current antivirus software application on your Macintosh.

The following is a list of the six top rated antivirus software packages for the Macintosh that I borrowed from an excellent antivirus web site -http://antivirus.about.com/cs/allabout/tp/aamacvir.htm.
1) Norton Internet Security for Macintosh

2) Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh

3) Virex

4) Sophos Anti-Virus for Macintosh

5) Intego Security Products

6) RAV Antivirus for Mail Servers

In addition, to protect yourself further, install a personal firewall on your Macintosh or a hardware firewall on your network.

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