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Myths of Anti-Virus Protection for Mac

Author: ITS

Posted on May 14, 2014

Category: Geek Speak , Tips and Tricks , IT Security , Our Community

If you have a Mac, you've probably been told at least once in your life that you don't need Anti-Virus protection. Unfortunately, viruses and malware are a risk for any computer, regardless of whether it's a Mac or PC.laptop Here are a few common myths about anti-virus protection that every Mac owner should be aware of. MYTH: There aren't any viruses for Macs. FACT: Although there may be fewer viruses targeted towards Macs than Windows computers, they do still exist. MYTH: Macs already have a built-in Security Function so I don't need Anti-Virus. FACT: Macs do have XProtect, but it won't protect you from everything. If you allow a third party to access your computer, you can no longer rely on built-in security. MYTH: I know myself well enough that I wouldn't allow anything on my computer that I didn't trust. FACT: Creators of malware make it look as legitimate as possible to fool you into thinking it's safe. Unfortunately there is always a chance for human error and sometimes even the most tech-savvy users can fall victim and take the bait. To fully ensure something is safe before opening, you need the proper protection to scan and detect any malware or viruses. MYTH: Anti-Virus protection is enough to keep me safe. FACT: Even an Anti-Virus can fail to detect the latest form of malware. To protect yourself as much as possible, make sure everything is up-to-date; your operating system, firewall, browser, anti-virus, and anything else that is involved with the prevention of viruses and malware. You should also consider a program such as a malware scanner, which can detect and remove most infections right away. Visit our website for more information on Safe Computing.