Sophos offers free anti-virus for Mac home users

If you’re using a Mac and worry about getting virus or malwares, Sophos is offering their Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac free for home users worldwide to download.

Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac

Admittedly, I don’t know much about the gravity of malwares, trojans, virus infecting the Mac system but I know it’s out there. Although malware is more common on Windows than it is on Mac, Apple’s growing market share makes Mac an increasingly attractive platform for malware authors and hackers to target.

Here are some past threats to Mac users:

  1. Websites that pose as legitimate-looking software vendors sites, but whose downloads are really Mac malicious code.
  2. Malware disguised as pirated software available for download from P2P file-sharing networks.
  3. Sexy online video links that urge you to install a plug-in to view the content, but really infect you with a Mac Trojan horse.
  4. Popular Twitter accounts, such as that belonging to former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki, who have tweeted out links to websites designed to infect Mac computers.
  5. Windows viruses, which come in via email, web or USB drive, either being passed on to Windows-using friends or colleagues, or infecting virtual installations of Windows installed on a Mac.

Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition provides automatic on-access detection that runs in the background, which means Mac users don’t need to run any manual scans.  Furthermore, strong disinfection capabilities make it easy to clean-up an infection should malware already be in place.

"While most businesses recognise the importance of protecting their Mac computers from malware threats, most home users do not," said Jim Dowling, Managing Director for Asia at Sophos.  "By offering free industrial-strength security to home users, we aim to protect Mac users against today’s and tomorrow’s Mac threats.  Everyone knows that Macs are beautiful computers – Sophos wants to lend a hand to keep them that way."

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