Not-for-profit comparison organisation, AV-Comparatives has conducted a sizeable review of the security software available to Mac users, testing a software’s installation routine, status and protection functionality, protection against Mac and Windows malware, ease of use and help functions.
The study, conducted in July but finalised last Friday, examined AVIRA Free Mac Security, ESET Cyber Security Pro, F-Secure Anti-Virus for Mac, Intego Mac Premium Bundle, Kaspersky Security for Mac, Quick Heal Total Security for Mac, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home edition and ZeoBit MacKeeper Internet Security.
In the wake of recent malware attacks on Apple devices and the increasing number of Mac sales arousing the interest of cybercriminals, Mac users cannot regard OS X as completely secure and should consider security options.
According to AV-Comparatives, Mac users should consider seven out of the eight tested products.
“Seven of the products we have reviewed receive our Approved Security Product award. Unfortunately, we were unable to give Quick Heal Total Security an award, due to misses in the Mac malware test at the time of testing,” they concluded.
So which will suit you?
Out of the two free options, Avira Security for Mac is described as “an ideal choice for anyone wanting a good basic antivirus program for free,” while Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition features a “minimalist interface” that “may be best suited to expert users”.
Both managed to detect Windows malware and provided effective protection against Mac malware.
The most expensive option, US$80 Intego Mac Premium Bundle “provides virus protection, a firewall, parental controls, backup, identity protection and privacy controls. VirusBarrier has a simple, modern interface, and protection against Mac malware is excellent”.
The US$60 Kaspersky Security for Mac “includes parental controls and a virtual keyboard as well as antivirus. Its recognition of Mac malware is first rate, while interface design and help features are both of a very high standard. The program includes Windows malware detection.”
ZeoBIT MacKeeper Internet Security and ESET Cyber Security Pro also received positive reviews, with ZeoBIT “well-suited to Mac experts and enthusiasts” and ESET considered “a full security suite with firewall and parental control functions. Its recognition of Mac malware is excellent, and the clarity of its interface and outstanding help features make using the program very comfortable”.
The seventh option is F-Secure Anti-Virus for Mac, which “provides effective protection against Mac malware, in a familiar interface”.
AV-Comparatives urges users to consider installing trial versions of the security software and examining the price before making a purchase.
For a comprehensive analysis of each product and a detailed feature chart, head to www.av-comparatives.org.