Facebook’s Antivirus Marketplace is now providing the free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition for users running operating systems from OS X 10.4 to Apple’s latest Mountain Lion update, OS X 10.8.3, Sophos announced today.
Available in English, German, French, Japanese and Spanish, Sophos’ software aims to curb the growing Mac malware trend that saw Apple and Java clash heads in 2012 and a series of zero-day exploits uncovered.
Facebook announced the Antivirus Marketplace in October last year, working with a number of security partners such as McAfee, Kaspersky, Norton and Sophos to gives PC and Mac users better access to security software.
“The Facebook AV Marketplace is a destination for our more than one billion users to ensure they’re safe from the latest security threats,” Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said in a press release today. “To help our users keep their hardware better protected, we’re pleased to offer Sophos software for those using Mac devices.”
Apple is no longer a small player in the computer market, hence Apple users need to become accustomed to security software, Sophos Product Manager Sunil Choudrie said.
“We continue to see significant global demand for our free antivirus tool. As Apple products grow in popularity, they’re increasingly attractive targets to hackers,” said Choudrie. “By making this tool available on the Facebook AV Marketplace, we’re providing Facebook’s many Mac users with secure peace of mind — all of which is updated automatically.”