Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Need to get antivirus for your Mac

I just read that Apple is now recommending antivirus software for your Mac. I'm guess it is because of people like this:
http://www.overheardinminneapolis.com/2008/11/not-if-you-stick-to-the-trusted-sites.html

Yuppie man: It’s a Mac. You can’t get a virus on a Mac.
Yuppie woman: Even with all the porn you watch?

Minneapolis, Outside The Bryant-Lake Bowl
I'll be honest with you, I've been a little bit slow to put antivirus software on my Mac. For one thing, I happen to really love my Mac and I'm not really interested in gunking it up wit too much extra software. The second reason why I have been slow to install AV is that the operating system is much more secure by default and has a natural resistance to viruses that isn't found in pre-Vista versions of Windows. I know that isn't an excuse, but dammit it's the truth! The final reason that I've been slow is that I just don't feel like antivirus software works very well. I've encountered so many virus infected machines that had up to date signatures, that I've become sour on the whole idea.

Now before you go blasting me about my responsibility to run antivirus software to protect all of the other people on the Internet let me just say: yes, I'm going to do it. Soon. I've just been reluctant. Sorry.

3 comments:

Matt and Brandy said...

What is your choice of AV for Mac?

Black Fist said...

Honestly, I don't know what to pick. I'll probably go with CLAM since that is what I have used on the linux side of things. I want to use something really lightweight since I'm donating CPU cycles for people that don't run as high quality of an operating system

kilon said...

What good is an Antivirus , if there are no viruses to kill ?

Dont waste processing power and stability of your system , let your systems alone.

It will take thousands of new viruses only for MACs to give enough reason to make the use of anti virus software reasonable. As there is not even one , we are very far from the day that this will happen.

Of course Apple will never let viruses to crawl into MACOS becuase if she does , the we are going back to windows or UBUNTU.