Busting the “Mac is free from viruses” Myth
One of the major advantages that Mac users usually tend to have over their PC compatriots is that they usually don’t need any third-party antivirus software on their OS X devices. One of the main reasons why a Mac is less vulnerable to malicious cyber attacks as compared to a PC is based largely in the Operating System’s core architecture which comprises mostly of Sandboxing and Library Randomization. Sandboxing is a form of software virtualization that runs programs and processes in an isolated virtual environment, thus giving them limited access to your system and everything on it, while Library Randomization makes it harder for malicious programs to find their way into the system.
One important thing to note here is that even though Macs are well-protected against all kinds of malware, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a decent antivirus program on your system. When it comes to antivirus software, the first names that spring in our minds are usually Norton, McAfee and Kaspersky, right? Things are about to change now, thanks to Bitdefender Antivirus, which currently produces a suite of award-winning products and has several accolades to back that claim up.
People have this tendency to NOT switch their traditional antiviruses mainly because they are either comfortable with the layout or they do not seem to consider other antiviruses to be as user friendly as theirs. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac removes all those doubts with its simple and user friendly layout that matches directly with the layout of a Mac OS X, with different visual indicators designed to send out alerts whenever a potential threat has been detected.
One of our personal favorite features of Bitdefender for Mac is its ability to conduct an overall in-depth system scan with the additional options for scanning areas such as documents, multimedia files, executable files and in some cases even certain online documents as well, that prove to be most vulnerable against malware. Another feature worth mentioning here is the software’s ability to automatically (and manually) scan files even if they are heavily extracted or zipped in any given format with an option to either remove or quarantine the infected file(s) in case it is of some significance in the future.
Once the malicious file(s) have been deleted, it will give you an option to archive the threats so that in the case of their recurrence, they could easily be deleted long before they are able to creep their way into your beloved Mac. As we mentioned earlier, people usually tend to refrain themselves from getting entangled with antiviruses and all the hassles that come associated with most of them. Such hassles include daily system scans, virus definition updates etc, but with Bitdefender, you don’t need to worry about anything since it does most of the aforementioned things on its own and at the same time sparing you the trouble of having to do it yourself.
In order to be 100% certain that your Mac is protected from all external (and internal) threats, make sure to keep your system up-to-date all the time and have an antivirus suite installed, as precautionary measures just in case something goes wrong. Bitdefender is currently not only the most powerful antivirus for Mac computers, but remains quite resource efficient as well. Gone are the days when you had to actually worry about those heavy duty antiviruses that used to clog up most of the system’s memory, resulting in extremely slow and sluggish performance.
So the next time someone tells you that their Mac is virus proof, you have a strong reason to tell them otherwise.