Does your mac really need and anti-virus?

Are you new to the Macintosh, just recently switched from PC to Mac; do you really need an anti-virus? One thing you should pay attention to is what you are doing with your computer. Do I download software, music, and other things from P2P networks? The best way to secure and keep on being secure on your Mac is to keep up on the software updates, don’t install software from online that you have no idea who has made it or what it does. One of the biggest security safe guards that the mac has is not letting software be installed with out asking you first.

agt_virus-128Common sense is a wonderful tool for being safe online, “should I really be surfing  porn?, do I really need some obscure video codec to watch a youtube video?” If there is something that you are not sure about “google” works wonders for finding out what is good and is a waste of your time. Just try not to jump on the “Fear” bandwagon.

Here is a couple of articles for your enjoyment.

Kaspersky Sells Mac AntiVirus Fear Using Charlie Miller…

The Rising Tide of Terror.

You may recall that in January I called out a fear mongering article by Dan Goodin published by the Register. That article associated the idea of “Mac anti-virus” products with the discovery of potentially dangerous tools posing as pirated software, which users would need to manually install with administrative privileges in order to suffer any damages from, an article written apparently just to continue the meme that Mac users were facing a “rising tide” of malicious software.

Apparently, “rising tides” of Mac malware crest after five years of panicked warnings with the arrival of four obscure risks, including two software installers purporting to be stolen versions of iWork and Photoshop, and, get this, two fake antivirus tools. How ironic is it that half of the malware in reported existence for the Mac is fake anti-virus software? And who is that targeting… Windows switchers who don’t know why they’re switching?

Daniel Eran Dilger

”Finnish vendor F-Secure scuttled its Mac products around 1998, said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer. But he didn’t rule out the company taking another look at the platform. ‘Most of the hard-core geeks in our lab use Macs,’ he said.“

Also, ”Czech-based vendor AVG is also keeping an eye on how the Mac market shapes up. Miloslav Korenko, marketing director for AVG, said it’s hard to say what level of Mac usage would prompt them to develop a product, ‘we are considering one as well.’“

Of course, the security experts at Kaspersky, Symantec, Intego, and others don’t want you to know that. They want you to read scary articles like those that regularly appear on CNET, Wired, and the Register, which are based on press releases issued by those vendors, all suggesting that Macs are really damn close to being dangerous to use, and that their products are really critical for your continued safety.

Because when you’re in the business of fear, an educated population is the worst thing you can imagine, and a lazy media content with republishing your press releases is your only hope in preventing that from happening.

If you are looking for some anti-virus software for you mac, check out ClamAV, there is also commercial products out there like Symantec’s anti-virus for mac.

Other tools that I have found to work great for keeping stuff out while browsing are Adblock Plus & No-script plug-ins for the Firefox web browser. Adblock is also available for Safari on the Mac. These tools are not anti-virus tools but tools to help keep some of the “garbage” out.

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