Free Anti-virus Protection for Macs

I know, I know… I usually feature free stuff on Mondays, but I came across this offer today, and thought it was too good to wait another week!

For years now there hasn’t really been a credible virus threat to Mac users. A combination of the Mac’s relatively small market share and the complexities of finding security loopholes to exploit in the OS have prevented the kind of wide-spread virus and malware threat that PC users must endure on a daily basis. In fact, most Mac users choose to ignore viral threats and run their computers without any anti-virus software at all. However, while viruses specifically targeting the Mac OS are still relatively rare, there’s been a significant upswing in malware activity in the Apple world. The threat may come from adware, malevolent websites or even trojan horse applications with harmful embedded code.

Fortunately, non-enterprise Mac users now have access to FREE anti-virus/malware protection from a global leader in the field. Sophos has been around for years and has more than 100 million users world-wide for their sophisticated detection and defense technologies. On an enterprise level, Sophos develops solutions to combat viruses; malware; adware; spyware; unwanted applications; spam; policy abuse and data leakage. In a bid to grow their reputation at the consumer level, Sophos is now offering their comprehensive Mac security solution to home users for free.

This live update application runs unobtrusively in the background and only notifies the user if something’s amiss, immediately quarantining offending files for further action. Competing solutions offering similar functionality can cost up to $100 a year (per mac), so if you’re considering adding Mac anti-virus protection, its definitely worth your while to take a look at Sophos. Click here to access the offer!

[Warning-Disclaimer] Not all free Anti-virus software is as it appears. There are several bogus offers on the web for Anti-virus/malware protection that actually CONTAIN offensive code… Make sure that any free application you come across is from a trusted source — do your homework! (having said that, Sophos is a safe bet)

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3 Responses

  1. Tim Buttle says:

    Hi Zac: I got Norton for my daughter’s IBook. I paid for it and so far it seems alright. Is this one better? I won’t change now, but when the license expires I might chance it. SOPHOS looks like a good thing. Those who try to create viruses are “MOFOS>”

  2. Norm says:

    Thanks Zac. Trying it out now.

  3. zac says:

    Tim, as I mentioned, there still really aren’t very many instances of virus activity on the Mac. Most hazards come from inappropriate use of the computer, such as downloading unknown material or going to questionable websites. As they say in the movie LET ME IN, the vampire has to be “invited” into the parlour before the blood can be tasted! Anyways, Sophos has been around for a while and will still be here when your Norton subscription runs out. You can switch then! Believe me, when a real threat hits… i’ll write about it!

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