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Sophos: malware on the Mac is real, here's a free antivirus

By Emil ยท 34 replies
Nov 2, 2010
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  1. Sophos has released a free antivirus product for consumers using Mac OS: Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac. Although commercial antivirus products for Macs have been available for some time, Sophos' offer is one of the very few free ones.

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  2. silvershad0w

    silvershad0w TS Rookie

    in my experience, mac is pretty darn secure. some of our clients have quite a few macs used in their business process and i've not seen any of them come in with malware. panda security's claims that macos is less secure than windows is absurd. you can simply argue that there are more windows threats in comparison to mac due to windows' much greater market share and this does some hold truth. however, the architecture of mac makes it it more secure and stays that way without the need for constant, bloated updates.
  3. poundsmack

    poundsmack TS Rookie Posts: 74

    OSX is less secure than Windows 7 (I am being specific here for a reason). It's just that OSX has far less interest as being a target for hackers/virus writers/script kiddies/ etc... most security experts and hackers will tell you that if they have experience with both systems.

    That being said, I have never liked Sophos's products on windows or mac. They just don't compare favorably when put side by side with their competitors. BitDefender or Dr. Web are much better pieces of software for OSX.
  4. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    I don't agree that Mac is as secure as they think they are. With more eyes looking you're going to find more security holes. This is one of the reasons Windows appears more insecure. It could be because they have less secure programming practices, but they also have a far greater number of people looking for those security holes.

    Every system is going to have security holes, especially with our society today of wanting more productive and useful software. it's an eb and flow with the devs creating new software and then going back and making sure it's secure.

    Security issues are always going to be a way of life.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    If you took the time to read most of the threats that the company is warning against are social engineering intrusions, not some hacker trying to get into your Mac while you sleep. So if you're a Mac user who thinks his computer is safe because of "architecture" then you're even more likely to click on the link which will infect your super safe Mac. And if you're talking of clients, and are apparently in the IT field, your belief that OSX is somehow inherently secure is really curious.
  6. FransB

    FransB TS Rookie Posts: 29

    Good to do this, the mac is getting more interesting for virus makers. And if one good virus comes out for the Mac alot of Apple users will be too ignorant (no offence) to believe it because "Macs cannot get viruses"

    The Silent Trojan Horse is the best way to infect a mac at this point because the users will not believe it i think.

    a Mac hacker once said that windows is safer but you must see it like this way.

    Windows is a heavily guarded house in a bad neighbourhood
    OSX is a house in the middle of nowhere without locks.
  7. Who said there is no viruses for Mac? You dont have antivirus on them so you ****ing dont know.
  8. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    Not curious. He's simply a liar :)
  9. Mushroom

    Mushroom TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Nothing bad happens to a mac, Steve jobs told me so.
  10. gLitCh32

    gLitCh32 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    It depends on who's using Windows, cause it's not always heavily guarded. :)

    I don't know enough about Mac to make much of a comment, but I've got a buddy that will tell me all about how secure OSX is once I tell him about this software. One question, doesn't OSX use the same DAC methods as Linux? That's gotta count for something, right?
  11. Ahhh yes, the ole OSX and Virus shabang. Free + Antivirus + OSX = Good for me. I'll try it out. currently I just use ClamX for anything although it doesn't have real time protection. Still, I browser smart enough to probably not need it. Then again with the newest Java virus that just hit OSX........I'll report on how this free Antivirus is probably tonight.
  12. FransB

    FransB TS Rookie Posts: 29

    True but the security built-in in the OS is much better in Windows then in OS X (And then i dont mean UAC or something like it) Alsa and stuff. Microsoft knows more about security then OS X.
  13. shortie

    shortie TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Ow no .... no viruses for mac's :p rofl :D
  14. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 166   +17

    i feel like sharing this with my facebook friends who own a mac.. but then again i feel liek not sharing it, so they find out the hard way! lol..
  15. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 378   +7

    Steve jobs also said "This changes everything... Again."

    I guess he was referring to the virus outbreaks that macs will have in the future.

    Seriously though, nothing is secure behind the hands of a human being. We're really known to break stuff. Often. A lot of stuff.
  16. mtrenal

    mtrenal TS Enthusiast Posts: 46

    There is certainly a bitter side of me that wants to let all the mac users keep thinking that they're super-fortress of a virus-smasher can wade through the virtual waters of hell itself before they get a virus.
    To think that Macs are more secure by nature is just ignorant. To think that they are more secure by circumstance is valid, but as Mac works towards its goal of a larger and larger market share, their users (especially the ones they tend to target- the ones who dont know how to use computers) will somehow need to deal with growing popularity of viruses and threats.
  17. archd

    archd TS Rookie

    well this site think it otherwise http://www.securemac.com/
  18. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 648

    You'll have to excuse my laziness here, but I commented another article about this same debate and rather than rephrase it I'll just quote it.
  19. uttaradhaka

    uttaradhaka TS Rookie Posts: 53

    I think MAC users should seriously download and install AV in their computers, now that viruses for the MAC are being written more and more. Otherwise, the environment can get really nasty with viruses going around the MAC ecosystem without any hindrance.
  20. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    I think that the recent security companys obsession with Mac being unsecure will make many hackers develop malicious software for it...
  21. surbey

    surbey TS Rookie

    I thought some time ago that Mac was secretly bundling anti-virus into their OS. Anyone heard of this?

    I've always thought of Macs as more secure because their market share is considerably lower than the PC; I didn't feel they were more secure because of their OS or design. I have had to explain this to so many end users that it makes my head spin.
  22. frodough

    frodough TS Rookie Posts: 90

    it's all about public exposure, that's how viruses work, windows being the major target of it b/c its market share (number of ppl who use it) as compared to apple's the difference between the 2 usually made apple an undesired target.
  23. jjbeard926

    jjbeard926 TS Rookie Posts: 69

    While Mac is MORE secure. It isn't bullet proof. There are still viruses written for it as well as Malware. I wouldn't run any computer on the internet without some form of anti-virus anti-malware product on it.

    Also for corporate setups you need some form of anti-virus at the very least.
  24. poundsmack

    poundsmack TS Rookie Posts: 74

    anyone tried this version of Sophos out yet? if so, please give your thoughts on it.
  25. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 152   +42

    antivirus for mac is like MS invented another YES asking for the same question if you really like to install this onto your OS. really useless and pickpoketing users money for nothing

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