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March 27th, 2017 Cat: Bisnis Online

You could compare using the Macintosh to life in Toronto: your surroundings are beautiful, and you can leave your door open at night. Cross over the Erie to Detroit, and you have a fair idea what life is like for a Windows user: life in a happening (not to mention musical) town while armed with a Taser, a shotgun, and quadruple-locked front doors with Robocop out front. And you’re still worried. Not that crime or a police force do not exist over the border in Toronto, it’s just that they are a little hard to find, is all. How rare is a Mac virus attack? Consider the latest Trojan virus for the Mac that wasn’t even really a problem after all: it was a game called Lose/Lose. The game tried a new concept: making matters a little interesting by raising the stakes. Basically to look at, the game is a 80’s era Space Invader flick. When you shoot an alien spaceship though, you end up deleting an important system file. When the alien hits the mothership though your entire system gets deleted. This isn’t really a virus that comes onto your system by stealth to do this. It is a proper game, that is supposed to raise awareness about how when you kill, even in a game, a part of you dies inside. But a maker of Macintosh antivirus software, Symantec, likes to classify this as a real threat, a Trojan. Symantec’s view is that while the game Lose/Lose may not actually do anything by stealth, it is an open source program that any virus writer could easily modify to do some real harm.

The Windows platform has so far documented about 20 million kinds of virus; the Apple platform, a couple of hundred at best. Only corporate users of the Macintosh platform really ever pay much attention to Macintosh antivirus software. Everyone said that Snow Leopard, the latest Macintosh OS, would have a native anti-anivirus tool called Basic – considering how hackers were beginning to turn their attention on the Mac. In reality though, Snow Leopard only had the old Apple XProtect to defend against two specific Trojans. But Apple is beginning to worry; Mac updates to the operating system these days include a standard malware scan.

Let us look at some of the best Macintosh antivirus software out there. Consider Kaspersky for the Mac. It works particularly efficiently on today’s multicore Macs and there is a special feature to help keep Macintosh computers from transferring any infections to a corporate network. Intego VirusBarrier X5 has a contemporary and modern design, and ClamXav is very effective freeware. In the end, it is impossible to read anything about the Macintosh and malware, without coming across constant pondering over why one should bother at all. Most antivirus software slow down the computer so much, that even on the Windows platform, one would do well to weigh the possibility of a virus infection, againstthe bothersomeness of a antivirus-slowdown. Perhaps everyone would do well to not think of Macintosh antivirus software until they actually find themselves in a virus-infected situation.

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