- October 4, 2013 at 6:03 am #30082
A lot of people want to know…Does Mac OSX Need Antivirus Software Installed?
Mac OSX is an official form of Unix (at least the server version of Mac OSX) which makes it more like Linux than like Windows behind the scenes. That makes a big difference.
Unix is famous not only for its security but also for being difficult to use, but if you know anything about Mac OSX, you know that most people find it quite easy to use. To make that happen, Apple made a few security concessions which increase the computer security threat on Mac OSX.
Mac OSX still has a root user, but it also has a group of users known as administrators who can act as the root user for a brief period of time (usually just long enough to run a single command). This lets anyone in the administrator account install potentially-dangerous software, just like on Windows.
However, unlike Windows, the separation of privileges makes it much more difficult for a bug in one program (such as the Web browser) to let a virus infect a user’s account. And if the virus can’t get that initial foothold, infecting the computer becomes much more difficult.
That said, Mac OSX still suffers from plenty of computer security risks and still needs some protection, but happily it’s more secure than versions of Windows up to Windows 7.
So considering all of this does Mac need antivirus software. I say yes.
Never take anything for granted. Just because a Mac virus has not been detected does not mean it does not exist. In fact macs have only just become popular in the last few years so I am sure the virus developers will get around to attacking Macs with a vengeance.
My daughter is always bragging about how safe the Mac OSX is but her Mac is dreadfully slow. Hmm… She has Googled all maintenance for Mac but nothing has worked.. So I stick to Windows for now. At least with that I clearly know if my computer is slow and why. I can install an antivirus and cleanup the computer and it will be running like a tiger.
I think a lot of maintenance and security is ignored on a Mac and it cannot last too long.
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