Mac - Need for Antivirus

Issue/Question

Do I really need to use anti-virus on a Mac?

Relates To (Environment)

  • Mac OS X

Resolution

Yes. It is a very common misconception that the Mac systems are impervious from malware and viruses. There is no technical reason why a Mac computer could not be infected with malware, but the major reason they have not been attacked as much is because there is a smaller population of systems to infect and gain information. A Mac computer already has a built in solution for only "known" malware which Apple flags. There is no detection that occurs using heuristics or watching for malicious actions. Also the Mac solutions depend on you keeping your computer up to date at all times.

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Details

Article ID: 50448
Created
Fri 3/16/18 10:56 AM
Modified
Tue 8/7/18 3:46 PM