By AdFeatures | Monday, March 19, 2012, 12:25
Contrary to common belief, Apple Mac computers are not immune to viruses. Whilst viral infections are more common on Windows, the Apple system is not perfect; there are backdoors and other exploits that can be taken, and viruses are known to infect Apple operating systems. Reliable anti-virus software is just as important on a Mac computer. With Apple’s increasing popularity in the personal computer market, as well as its uses in various industries, the threat of viruses is likely to go on increasing.
To this end, there are Mac antivirus programmes available from Kaspersky. Anti-viral software works the same on any platform. It scans and monitors for recognised viruses and other infections, which are then brought to your attention. From here there a number of options which will usually be presented, such as deleting the file or the more common option of quarantine.
Putting an infected file in quarantine is recommended because it does not delete the file. Instead, it sections off the file, stopping it from spreading the infection along the system whilst a further course of action is taken. Quarantine further allows you to keep track of infected files, virus activity and other information that may prove useful.
A dedicated, reliable anti-virus will update regularly. This will allow it to receive new information on the latest viruses, thus allowing it to recognise them should they try to infect your computer. Updates can be scheduled or automated for your convenience; a recommended course of action would be set during a time when the computer is not used, so that it is always done out of the way. This way your virus protection will keep up to date preventing you from continuing from your work, allowing you to continue to use your computer in safety.
Likewise, a good firewall will help stop the viruses from reaching your computer in the first place. Again, firewalls do the same process on a Mac as on a Windows, by monitoring incoming and outgoing data in search of potential viruses or threats.
In a similar fashion to anti-virus software, a firewall should be updated, so it can block against the latest viruses and malware. This is update system is done just like that of an anti-virus programme.
Finally, Kaspersky offer a free demonstration version of their software. Their free anti-virus downloads will allow you to try the software before you pay. This will let you see how effective it can be. Having that extra layer of protection, even on a Mac, is an additional comfort that will give Mac users peace of mind.
So there is no reason not to have anti-virus software, and other protection, on your computer. This extends to Mac's too. It only takes one virus to install itself on your system to cause severe damage. Considering the damage a malicious virus can achieve, it simply isn't worth risking your computer.