And So It Begins – Another New Anti-Virus for Mac Steps Forward

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By Akemi Iwaya on November 2nd, 2010

Mac’s security through obscurity is now one step closer to being gone. Today Sophos has released a new, free home edition anti-virus for Mac to help combat the growing threats to the platform.

With the emergence of last week’s new Trojan virus aimed at Mac, it is becoming clear that the system is falling more into malware authors’ targeting sights every day.

From the Sophos blog post: Most people don’t know that Apple acknowledged the malware problem by integrating rudimentary protection against a handful of Mac Trojans in Snow Leopard. But 95% of those Mac users we surveyed recently are convinced that more attacks are on the way.

From CNET: Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac also detects malware written for Windows that Mac users can spread via USB drives and e-mail, Chet Wisniewski, a senior security advisor at Sophos, told CNET. The software is a noncommercial version of Sophos Anti-Virus 7.2 for Mac, targeted at home users and modified so it is easier to install and use, he said.

From Download Squad: All the features you’d expect from a good antivirus app are there — like realtime protection, heuristics (the ability to detect new threats for which Sophos does not have definitions), autorun defense, and quarantining.

So there you have it. What are your thoughts? Are you surprised that Mac is becoming more of a malware target or have you been expecting it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Photo by Sophos.

Yes, you need anti-virus on your Mac.. and now it’s free [via CNET News & DownloadSquad]

Download Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Visit the new Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition forums

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/2/10
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