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Anti-Virus for Macs

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Anti-Virus for Macs                               

Apple computers are becoming very popular in today’s market, making them a much larger threat to viruses. With the increase in viruses using Java and various multiplatform attacks it is time Apple users take the same precautions as the rest of the techno world.



What to Use?

There are many paid and free versions of anti-virus software for Macs. Norton and Symantec both have paid versions that will get the job done. But why pay for something you can have for free?

Sophos is an open-source (free) software. Like most Apple software Sophos is very user friendly. It has simple installation, configuration and point/click use if a virus is found. The user interface is simple to understand but the software under the hood is some serious protection.

This software protects against both Mac and PC malware.  Why is this important for Mac users?

If you receive windows malware in your email, most Mac anti-virus will disregard or not detect it. Now say you forward this to a Windows user, they are now infected. This added protection/detection also helps cover Mac users running a dual boot with Windows.



What’s under the hood?

The best part of this software is what you are getting for the price. The home-edition software is providing business-grade protection. The software works will all Mac Hardware and the following operating systems, Tiger, Leopard and Snow Tiger.

Open-source = no support?

Below is the website to view or obtain Sophos. Even though the software is completely free they still offer support. They have videos for installation and troubleshooting. The support site has Technical and Installation forums and guides. Also the site provides links to the Mac Support Forums. Auto-updates occur and keep your software current with the newest protection against Viruses, Trojans and Worms.



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More about David Perreault:
David Perreault David's interest in computers is mainly in the security field, and he has network+ and A++ Certifications. He is a Senior and will be graduating next year with a Bachelors in Telecommunications Information Management, with Minors in Management, Computer Science, Graphical Design and International Studies. David is currently the IT Support Director for the History Department at WMU. He plays with computers at work, at class and at home. David is striving to be a network security analyst while working his way into Ethical Hacking.

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