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mac security softwareMacs are often lauded as the “Fort Knox” of personal computers. They’re safe and largely unbreakable; viruses won’t get far. Sadly, only part of that is true.

Compared to Windows, Mac operating systems are indeed safer and Mac viruses are a rarity. But that does not mean Mac is impenetrable. The main reason that there are so far fewer viruses for Mac is the still dominating market share of Windows computers. Security through obscurity, it’s often dubbed; although the gap is steadily closing.


This creates a false sense of security and causes people to be negligent in how they approach the internet. Far too many people are using a Mac with confidential files and no software security whatsoever. In the line-up below, you’ll see the top security applications for Apple computers.

iAntiVirus – Virus Scanner

A virus scanner takes a look at all your files and searches for properties that are known to belong to viruses. This is one of the best ways to keep your computer protected. In July 2010, Matt Smith wrote a more extensive review of iAntiVirus Two Free Antivirus Programs For Mac OS X Two Free Antivirus Programs For Mac OS X Read More , check it out.

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iAntivirus is exactly what you’d expect from the screenshot above; excruciatingly simple. Once you’re past the installation and have fired up the Mac app, you’ll be able to select from two options. Scan my Mac will make sure you’ve got no viruses between the files already residing on your computer. The button below, Protect my Mac, turns the continuous iAntiVirus surveillance on or off.

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SecureFiles – File Encryption

Mac natively allows you to create password-protected disk images, but it’s a slow, tedious job and surprisingly many software alternatives have risen to the challenge. SecureFiles performs those tasks and, contrary to most alternatives, is entirely free.

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To create a secure volume, a virtual vault so to speak, enter the name and filesize. After specifying a password, the volume will appear in the specified location. You can use this volume like a regular folder, by dragging in the files and folders you want to protect. Once you’re finished, you can use SecureFiles to compact the volume with a 128-bit AES encryption.

NoobProof – Firewall Configuration

If you’re not satisfied with the user GUI Mac OS X has to offer for its native firewall, you should give NoobProof a spin. Like the name implies, it’s a largely foolproof application that allows you to create additional rule sets for the firewall.

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By and large, you can use NoobProof to handle additional services on a port-specific level. If you were looking for a disconcerting amount of control, try WaterRoof. It was also developed by Hanynet, with more advanced functionality, but also far more difficult to use.

Did we miss any other great Mac security tools? Tell us why you would add them in the comments below!

  1. I G
    December 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Clamxav for Mac OS X 10.3.9 (ALONE) is not UPGRADABLE any longer !!!! True or
    False??? If TRUE, why is that ? Anybody knows why????!!

  2. Memyselftoday
    December 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Clamxav for Mac OS X 10.3.9 (ALONE) is not UPGRADABLE any longer !!!! True or
    False??? If TRUE, why is that ? Anybody knows why????!!

  3. PBradz
    November 5, 2010 at 3:05 am

    ClamXav and Little Snitch to keep an eye on things

  4. Pushist5003
    November 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

    another good prog – ProteMac KeyBag PRO 2.2
    http://www.protemac.com/KeyBag...

  5. Henrydoth
    October 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    iantivirus is not detecting windows malware !!!!

  6. Danielle :)
    October 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    iAntiVirus takes up 86% of my CPU.

  7. Jeremy Steller
    October 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

    thank you, this was a very useful post for a beginner like myself.

  8. Simon Slangen
    October 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you for the tip, but Internet Security Barrier costs €94.95. iAntivirus will suffice for most, if not all regular users, but if you want something of a bigger caliber, I'd suggest ClamXav.

  9. Temparsenal
    October 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Hey iAntivirus is heavy and not upto the task!
    Please enlighten about Intego's Internet Security Barrier X6 for Mac.

    Regards

  10. Temparsenal
    October 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Hey iAntivirus is heavy and not upto the task!
    Please enlighten about Intego's Internet Security Barrier X6 for Mac.

    Regards

    • Simon Slangen
      October 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you for the tip, but Internet Security Barrier costs €94.95. iAntivirus will suffice for most, if not all regular users, but if you want something of a bigger caliber, I'd suggest ClamXav.

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