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Apple doesn't offer its customers free security protections like Microsoft, so Sophos is offering them instead.  (Source: YouTube/Apple)

Sophos' antivirus protects Mac users from many common threats.  (Source: Sophos/YouTube)
AV company steps up to the plate when Apple refuses to provide its users equivalent protections to Microsoft's

Sophos is offering Mac users a great deal.  As Apple has thus far refused to protect its users with free antivirus software, Sophos is stepping up to the plate, launching Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Macs which will protect Mac users against "today’s and tomorrow’s Mac threats".

For all Apple's years of "Get a Mac" ads belittle the "virus"-plagued PC, it is Macs today that are relatively unguarded.  While their tiny market share has protected them in the past, a growing number of cross platform attacks are letting Mac users get infected, just like your average PC.

But the key difference is where Microsoft is very keen on protecting its users, offering free antivirus software (Microsoft Security Essentials) for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7; one of the internet's best online vulnerability databases (Knowledge Base); and a wealth of malware removal tools.

Apple, by contrast, doesn't seem very concerned at all about safeguarding its loyal customers.  It has a glacial patching time and has basically pretended that Mac viruses don't exist, which has led many of its loyal fans to do likewise. 

But Mac viruses do indeed exist in the wild as some users can attest, and they are growing in number.  After all coding for the Mac is not inherently different from coding Windows apps -- and many security researchers argue that Apple's OS-level security is actually weaker than Windows'.

Apple has quietly advised its users to get an antivirus program, but has declined to offer them one for free like Microsoft does.

Chris Kraft, product management vice president at Sophos, comments to EWeek, "While most businesses recognize the importance of protecting their Mac computers from malware threats, most home users do not."

Sophos security expert Richard Wang adds, "Mac users must remember that less targeted is not the same as invulnerable."

The new suite will protect against the new trojan-worm Mac-Koobface variant, among other malicious programs.

The company sells a number of packages for businesses with Macs.  The cheapest is a 3-user, one year license priced at $136.50 USD.  That product competes with similar offerings from Norton and AVG.  It also competes with smaller third party offerings like iAntiVirus.

Any Mac users who commonly use OS X are strongly advised to grab Sophos' new freeware, if you don't already have antivirus protection.  The install will take approximately 150 MB of disk space.

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what did you expect?
By Setsunayaki on 11/5/2010 4:58:42 AM , Rating: 2
The problem to macs are far more severe...As a hacker who has spent my time turning platforms to mud, heavily into system defense and security..

Thanks to APPLE's Advertisements, they have caught TONS of people who are trusting macs for their most sensitive information. This means the likelyhood of a hack causing something vital to corporate or national security to be breached and copied by hackers is a lot higher...

So high that the iPhone security breach was considered to be one of the worse network security breaches in the history of the nation.

No one cares to hack PCs anymore except to affect the individual and deal with things like identity theft, etc....Every major hacking group cares about stealing company information and government secrets + military contracts that can be sold to rival powers for millions upon billions.

The problem to Anti-Viruses is that they slow PCs down considerably, they make them SLOWER than ever before...

I've been using Linux for years as my main OS and I've never looked back. ^_^

RE: what did you expect?
By jabber on 11/5/2010 7:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
"The problem to Anti-Viruses is that they slow PCs down considerably, they make them SLOWER than ever before..."

Maybe if you are using a PC from 1999 or a Norton Total Controlfreak Lockdown Suite.

Otherwise the hit of using a decent standard AV suite is next to nothing these days.

Things have moved on old chum since you stopped using Windows all those years ago.

RE: what did you expect?
By DJ Brandon on 11/6/2010 12:50:26 AM , Rating: 2
Disagree there bud. Antivirus let alone Internet Securities eat up a boatload of ram. Not everyone is on windows 7 with 8 gbs of ram, or better yet XP with 8GB ;).

RE: what did you expect?
By jabber on 11/8/2010 7:00:26 AM , Rating: 2
60 to 85MB system resource a problem for your PCs?

Time to upgrade to 2001 spec or 1GB of ram maybe?

Either that or you are just doing it wrong.

A decent standard AV product (and I do not mean those god awful security suites) ahould not be an issue for ANY pc built in the past 8 years or so.

If it is then something is fundamentally wrong with the setup full stop.

RE: what did you expect?
By DJ Brandon on 11/6/2010 12:42:34 AM , Rating: 2
Dude. You rock. Well said. You get these snobby Apple fans who think they are great and above people since they have

I use PC and always have. I have always used Windows! It's not Linux but it works for me and I to this day have never had a virus!

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