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Friday, 29 July 2016 09:08

Mac security software gets 100% score in AV-Comparatives tests

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AV-Comparatives' latest testing of Mac security software gave all ten products a 100% score for malware protection.

European independent security software testing organisation AV-Comparatives just reviewed ten paid or free Mac products and found they all detected 100% of the 50 most recent samples of Mac malware and made no false positive reports.

The free products were Avast Free Mac Security, AVG AntiVirus for Mac, Avira Free Antivirus for Mac and Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac.

The commercial products tested by AV-Comparatives were Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, Eset Cyber Security Pro, Intego Mac Premium Bundle, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac, and Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete for Mac.

"All of the products we have reviewed protected the Mac test system against 100% of the recent Mac malware samples used, performed everyday functions satisfactorily and without noticeably affecting system performance, and so receive our Approved Security Product Award," stated AV-Comparatives.

But malware isn't the only class of threats, and not all of the products provide protection against phishing and other malicious web sites, for example.

There are other quirks, including Intego's very low rate of Windows malware detection and the way the Webroot product can be deactivated by a non-admin user, so the full report makes interesting reading.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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