While PCs are more prone to viruses and malware, Macs are not entirely safe from these threats either. Good news is, there are anti-virus software developed on Mac OS platform, and recently, Sophos has announced their free Mac anti-virus for the home users.
Singapore, 4 November 2010 – Sophos has introduced the availability of a free Mac anti-virus product for consumers, available to download at no charge, with no time limit, and requiring no registration. Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac is available free to Mac home users worldwide, protecting them against all known malware, including Trojan horses, viruses, worms and spyware. Visit http://sophos.com/freemacav to learn more and download.
Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac has been released in response to growing concern about Mac malware. Although malware is more common on Windows than it is on Mac, Apple’s growing market share makes Mac an increasingly attractive platform for malware authors and hackers to target.
Past threats to Mac users have included:
- Websites that pose as legitimate-looking software vendors sites, but whose downloads are really Mac malicious code.
- Malware disguised as pirated software available for download from P2P file-sharing networks.
- Sexy online video links that urge you to install a plug-in to view the content, but really infect you with a Mac Trojan horse.
- Popular Twitter accounts, such as that belonging to former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki, who have tweeted out links to websites designed to infect Mac computers.
- Windows viruses, which come in via email, web or USB drive, either being passed on to Windows-using friends or colleagues, or infecting virtual installations of Windows installed on a Mac.
Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition provides automatic on-access detection that runs in the background, which means Mac users don’t need to run any manual scans to be protected against the millions of viruses, worms, spyware and Trojans in existence. Furthermore, strong disinfection capabilities make it easy to clean-up an infection should malware already be in place.
Sophos has also launched a dedicated Mac support forum to allow users to interact with others in their community and get any questions answered about the product or Mac security: http://openforum.sophos.com/MacAv