Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as a means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, password theft, or stolen iPhone backups.

Accordingly, good antivirus software will protect your Mac on all of these fronts. It’ll catch malware that’s still spreading or in circulation; block ransomware; protect older systems with out-of-date software from security vulnerabilities; prevent your Mac from acting as a carrier for malware aimed at other operating systems; and keep infected files off of any virtual machines you’re running.

Many antivirus suites provide a decent level of protection, but a few rise above all others by providing the very best in performance. Our top contenders dominate by posting perfect (or virtually near perfect) scores from security research labs, passing our own malware detection tests with flying colors, offering well-designed interfaces, and even throwing in extra features like a firewall or password manager.

Updated 06/14/19: Added our review of Malwarebytes Premium. It’s good at what it does, but its unique approach is somewhat limited and therefore hard to recommend for everyone.

Looking for Windows antivirus recommendations? You can read about the best antivirus suites for PC on our sister site, PCWorld.

Latest antivirus for Mac news

  • More than $1.1 million was lost to cybercrime every minute in 2018. That’s the key takeaway of the latest RiskIQ Evil Internet Minute report. In total, more than $600 billion will be lost to cybercrime and nearly 980 million people will be attacked in 2018
  • North Korea’s alleged state-sponsored hackers, the Lazarus Group, has launched its first known malware attack against Mac computers, Kaspersky Labs reports. Kaspersky says a third-party “trojanized cryptocurrency trading application … compromised several banks and infiltrated a number of global cryptocurrency exchanges” to steal digital currencies like Bitcoin.
  • Enterprise security firm Cylance is launching its first consumer-grade package: Cylance Smart Antivirus. The new software claims to use advanced, predictive AI to kill threats, all with a consumer-friendly interface and minimal penalties to device performance. 

Best overall antivirus software

Sophos Home Premium has it all: Effective malware protection, ransomware monitoring, protection against potentially-unwanted-apps, and additional features that often require separately licensed software. Its cloud-based configuration and generous licensing (up to 10 Macs and PCs) also make it easy to shield friends and family from threats, no matter where they live. (Full details available in our review.)

Best free antivirus software

Though Sophos does offer a good free version of its software, Avast Free Mac Security edges it out as the best free antivirus software for macOS. In security lab tests, Avast detected 99.9 percent of macOS malware, and 100 percent of Windows malware. However, if you want more advanced protection (like ransomware detection), you’ll need to upgrade to paid software.

What to look for in antivirus software

By our reckoning, antivirus software should be able to neutralize a threat before it can begin wreaking havoc. That means preventing the download, installation, or execution of malicious software.

Since you can encounter threats by visiting compromised or malicious websites, receiving virus-laden attachments, or accessing USB drives with malware, good AV software should scan on a continuous basis unless you configure it otherwise. And ideally, files identified as malicious should be quarantined into a special storage area managed by the AV software, with the option to automatically delete files known to be malware or repair normal documents that also carry devious payloads.

via Macworld https://www.macworld.com/article/3263722/best-antivirus-for-mac.html#tk.rss_all
link : https://www.macworld.com/article/3263722/best-antivirus-for-mac.html#tk.rss_all
June 14, 2019 at 08:22PM

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Laisser un commentaire

Votre adresse de messagerie ne sera pas publiée. Les champs obligatoires sont indiqués avec *