Apple doesn’t provide a free anti-virus program to combat these threats fully, but Sophos has stepped up to the plate and recently released a free program that aims to do just that, with Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition.
Why do you need an anti-virus program on your Mac computer?
In the past, Mac users really could boast the fact that their computers don’t get infected. Unfortunately, that simply isn’t the truth anymore. In fact, viruses that affect Macs are becoming more common. The reason is simple, Mac computers are becoming more common. Anyone who takes the time to create a virus is going to want to affect the biggest group of people possible and in the past, there weren’t enough Mac users to make it worth their while. Now there are, and Sophos has detected over 1,000 specific threats that target Mac users, from Trojan horses to Spyware. That is why it is essential to protect your computer with an up-to-date anti-virus program.
Why choose Sophos Anti-Virus?
The first, and most obvious reason to choose Sophos Anti-Virus is that it’s completely free. Apple has integrated certain features that aim to protect your computer, alerting you before opening an application that was downloaded from the internet, and providing software and security updates. But the fact of the matter is that more should be done, and all third party anti-virus programs come with a price tag of no less than $40, often only for a year’s worth of protection.
Sophos Anti-Virus is a lightweight program that runs quietly in the background without slowing down your computer. While you want your computer to be protected, you don’t want it to come at the cost of a slower computer.
How does Sophos Anti-Virus Work?
After installing Sophos on your computer, the first thing you’ll want to do is run a scan. How long it takes will depend on the number of files on your computer.
Once the scan is complete, if any threats are detected, they will appear in the Quarantine Manager. With one click, you can delete the file from your computer. If you’re not sure that you want to delete it immediately, you can leave it in the Quarantine Manager until you decide what you want to do.
What other features does Sophos Anti-Virus offer?
You can create custom scans, to scan specific files and folders at the click of a button, as well as scan specific files through the right-click menu.
You can choose how Sophos will deal with threats when they are found – choosing to log it only, to clean up, move or delete the threat.
What Sophos Anti-Virus doesn’t do is allow you to schedule scans. Instead, Sophos works in realtime detecting threats as they appear. This means no annoying popup windows reminding you to do a full scan, and Sophos is so lightweight it doesn’t affect the speed of your computer at all.
Want to see some Mac threats in action? Check out SophosLab’s video that should convince you, if nothing else does.
How do you protect your Mac from viruses? Let us know in the comments.