“As Mac popularity grows so does the interest in developing threats for the platform, and while it is far more secure than Windows, it’s not 100% safe,” Simon Royal writes for Low End Mac. “Do we need to think about Mac anti-virus?”
“I’ve been a Mac user for 15 years and have enjoyed using a computer without the hassle of finding an anti-virus suite, maintaining and keeping my computer clean,” Royal writes. “With the introduction of Mac OS X and the rise in popularity of Apple’s portable devices, the Mac is no longer for the nerdy; it is now perceived as ‘cool’ – and with this comes a larger user base. More users mean those intent on infecting computers of the world could now see the Mac platform as a viable place to attack. In this article, I take a look at Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition… I have been running Sophos on my 2009 MacBook running Mavericks for just over a week, and I haven’t noticed any performance drop since it has been installed.”
“Whether or not you think Mac anti-virus is necessary, is there any harm to having it installed? After all it, doesn’t suck resources, require time to maintain and update it, and its free,” Royal writes. “I intend on keeping it installed.”
Read more in the full article here.