The majority of MAC users feel superior to their Windows users counterparts in terms of Internet Safety, based on the fact that the MAC operating system remains mostly untouched by malicious infections.
However this still doesn’t mean a MAC is more secure than Windows, while I do agree that the MAC operating system is more robust and secure, there will be exploits. The major reason that these exploits haven’t been found as yet is to do with numbers. Windows is more popular, therefore it makes more sense that the writers of malicious software, viruses, etc. target the largest market share, as they wish to cause damage on a wide scale.
While MAC (and Linux) operating systems are currently more secure and robust, this doesn’t absolve the users of taking precautions to (a) secure and protect their private data, and (b) not inadvertently help spread malicious content to Windows users.
Support a Windows user, Protect Your Mac
There is a limited amount of software freely available to help protect your MAC, but I have noticed more and more Freeware, Shareware, and Open Source software is being developed for the MAC, this is probably due to the MAC growing in popularity. While there is still no major outbreak of malicious content for the MAC, it is still possible to download viruses that will affect a Windows user if you pass on the infected file.
Open Source & Freeware
Free Anti-virus software for the MAC is very limited, most are usually demo products with limited use, however the list above is the only products that I could find that do not limit your use of the software.
One software that is paid for, needs to get a mention and that is Avast Anti-virus. Avast provides a free version for Windows and Linux users but currently Mac users have to pay for the software. However according to some Mac forums, this may change in the near future. Some users have been writing to Avast to ask why there is no free version for the Mac, and some have received replies along the lines of “that they will consider making a free version the next time they prepare a new version for the Mac”.
This would be very welcome if they did introduce a free version, as in my opinion, Avast is one of the leading Anti-virus companies for the Windows and Linux platform.
While there doesn’t seem much threats for Mac users, it is still unwise to leave your system unprotected, because at some point, as the Mac grows in more popularity, more viruses and exploits will become available. It is better to take precautions the now and therefore better protect your system for the future.
Also every user should take the precaution of protecting your system so you are not inadvertently infecting other users on different operating systems.
If I have failed to mention any other Open Source or Freeware programs please feel free to leave a reply below.