I’ve had multiple requests from readers this week about the best security software to use for their Macs. While Macs have generally been regarded as safer than Windows PCs, this is largely due to the fact that they take up a smaller share of the market (less than 10%) and just are targeted as often as Windows PCs. To some Mac users, the idea of security software is a foreign subject. The official line from the folks at Apple is that Macs don’t require any type of third-party antivirus protection. With the increasing frequency of cyber attacks, I’d not sure I can agree with that.
I have good news, though. Most of the big names in virus protection are available for Mac as well as PC. Norton, for example, offers protection for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
If you buy protection for multiple devices, you can share it between Mac and Windows PCs as well as your mobile devices.
A one-device, one-year subscription starts at $39.99.
Also available for Mac: McAfee, Kaspersky, and Bitdefender.
Anti-Malware stalwart Malwarebytes is also available for Mac in both the free and premium versions. It helps protect against malware and adware. Even if you already have an anti-virus, I would suggest adding Malwarebytes to your defense plan.
If you’ve used the free Avast protection, you’ll be glad to know that it is also available for your Mac. You can also get the free version AVG. Both programs also offer upgrades to premium versions.
I’m not going to pick any of these as the ‘best” security software. All are from legitimate companies and should do a pretty good job of helping to keep your Mac safe.