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Unlike with Windows PCs, there’s historically been little demand for antivirus software for Macs. Apple’s OS X operating system has been built to withstand malicious attacks, and there have been few viruses written that target Macs.

However, Mac users could be exposed to a rise in viruses and malware in the future. With more Apple products being sold and Mac ownership on the increase, criminals are now actively targeting the Mac.

Best antivirus for Mac

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One of the few software providers to cover PC and Mac, this is one of the biggest brands on the market. And it backs up the big reputation with this brilliant bit of antivirus software.

It gives the cast iron malware protection you'd expect from a Best Buy. We also like the ID protection it offers to keep you secure while banking, shopping and surfing.


Our top-rated Mac-only security package isn't quite as good as its PC-focused cousin, but it still proves an impressive force against malware.

It doesn't include a firewall, so it has to miss out on being a Best Buy. But the impressive secure browser for banking and shopping still helps this suite score highly.

N/A 68%

This internet security crams in anti-malware features, cloud-based scanning, social media scanning and anti-phishing features – all of which we like.

But there's no identity protection of firewall with this package. And the security alerts it gives can be quite technical, so may prove confusing for some users.

Do I need Mac security software?

Even if the Mac operating system has proven resistant to virus attacks, there are still risks. If you use your Mac to go online, you’re still open to many of the same issues that affect Windows PC users, including spam, phishing scams, Trojan malware, browser vulnerabilities and ID theft.

Apple continues to keep its Mac OS X security beefed up. For example, its Gatekeeper tool can prevent you from installing anything other than Apple-approved or registered software. FileVault keeps your files safe from prying eyes by encrypting your Mac so it can be used only by an authorised user. Other Mac OS X security features include anti-phishing, privacy and parental controls.

Mac OS X now also includes App Sandbox, which keeps your apps separate from system components, so it’s easier to remove one app if it gets infected by a malicious program.

How to use the Mac firewall

Macs do not come with any antivirus or antispyware software, although they do have a built-in firewall. This, however, is turned off by default.

To turn the firewall on, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy, click the Firewall tab and click Turn On Firewall.


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