Just came across a good deal on Intego Mac Internet Security X9 at $29.99 US for 3 years (for today only). Ive never used such security in all my years of using Macs. I'm wondering how many users actually use security software nowadays before I jump in for 3 years. There seems to be good reviews on the software.
I first began using Macs in the summer of 1985 in the newspaper production area when WYSIWYG became possible when used in combo with Mycro-Tek terminals and Compugraphic typesetting equipment. I have never had a day since then that I have not had and used some form of Mac, currently an i7 MBP with a 1 TB SSD.
Never once have I, nor any composing room in newspapers I managed (165 of them last count the day I retired) did we ever get shut down by a virus of any kind. We also never once used any security programs. Ever.
Nor have I had any troubles running my website for the past 19 years since I retired. My personal machines have been virus free as well over that time.
I simply run Malwarebytes weekly, and OnyX monthly to keep things running smoothly as I am online on average for six hours daily.
Take from that what you will from my experience.
And your question reminds me of the expression — "A fool and his/her money are soon parted."
But then again we don't know what sort of a computer setup operation you might be running or why you think you might need some extra protection over and above what Apple's OS provides right out of the box.
BTW: Wouldn't you think if it works as well as they say it does, why are some of the large big companies been hacked. Surely they should be able to spend $10 per year for protection!!!
Bottom line — no, you don't need it.
Keep your router and/or your Macs Firewall enabled and if you are really worried get and install and setup and maintain Little Snitch.app and run Malwarebytes occasionally or if you suspect your Mac is doing some suspicious activity.
And doesn't your own comment tell you something???
Ive never used such security in all my years of using Macs.
And just in case you need another reason, most "AV and protection" software are we known for causing problems and drastically slowing the performance of any Mac.
Heck, I haven't even used the old "free" clamAV.app version for almost 10 years now.
Thanks for the input.
I'll second SINC's opinion on the matter. Malwarebytes is the only software I use - and in free mode, as in a manual run every once in awhile (like, months between uses!). Since I'm not the type to go clicking willy-nilly on links without hovering and checking first, I'm always clean.
I used to run the freeware ClamXav (again, manually), and the only issues I ever came across were macro viruses in Word files that others had sent to me... and which couldn't affect my system anyway.
We're not impervious to being infected by trojans and the like - but the vast majority require user interaction (i.e., granting access via password) to install. The rest are phishing threats, which we are by now all sufficiently aware that the likelihood of being fooled is pretty low.
There are viruses/trojans out their for Mac OS, but from my understanding they get in by the user downloading illegal software where the code has been altered, so you pirated software is generally the way this stuff gets in. That being said I have no worries as I do not pirate software and in all my years using Mac (starting just before the original iMac) I have never had a virus or trojan.
Have a look at this respected review site:
"Intego’s Mac Internet Security X9 [includes Virus Barrier] is our pick of the bunch, making it the best antivirus."
The overwhelming majority of Macintosh users get by with no AV software at all. That's because there currently are very few threats for the Macintosh, and because the Macintosh has several layers of AV software built-in.
There *are* legitimate reasons why some (very few) folks need AV software on their Mac. Some business people are required to follow best practices, no matter how big or small the threat. Some have data that is so valuable that they must use every means to safeguard it. And others engage in known dangerous computing activities that make them especially susceptible to AV infection.
The good news is that you can have Intego's Virus Barrier, and you can have it for FREE!:
VirusBarrier Free Edition (free)
This is a full version of Intego's anti-virus program VirusBarrier [usually $40/year] minus some [but not all] of the automated scanning features in the commercial version.
If nothing else, the value in having this free AV program is that if you are the paranoid type, you can now use the best program available to satisfy yourself that you aren't infected with something. Also, this free version is sandboxed and it isn't deeply embedded in your system, like other AV programs, so it shouldn't impact your Mac's overall performance as just about all the other fully interactive AV programs do.
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