Contrary to what some Mac
fanatics might tell you, their platform of choice isn't inherently immune to viruses, spyware, and other forms of malware. Malicious software certainly isn't anywhere near as prominent on Macs as they are in Windows
, but like Bob Dylan said, the times, they are a changin'. Thanks in no small part to the wildly popular iPad and iPhone segments, more and more users are now considering a Mac, and it's quickly becoming viable for malware writers to focus their attention on a platform that has long been ignored. Luckily for Mac users, antivirus vendors are stepping up.
One of them is Avira, which today announced the release of Avira Free Mac Security software. It's free for everyone, from home consumers to professionals and even businesses, without exception and without any annoying advertising or marketing pop-ups, Avira says.
"Here at Avira’s security labs we’re seeing more viruses, worms and Trojans designed specifically for Mac, and also more Macs transporting Windows viruses when they collaborate with PCs, mobile devices and other hardware," explained Travis Witteveen, COO of Avira. "Starting today, we’re stopping Windows viruses from creeping onto your Mac, as well as disabling the malware that is intended just for Mac. And we are giving away Avira Free Mac Security to everyone so that we can all live free, no matter what OS religion you may follow."
Halleluiah, can Avira get an iAmen? Some of the features included in Avira for Mac are one-click repair functionality, an integrated scheduler, real-time protection, remote management, and more. If you're interested, you can download the free security software here