There are a number of Mac security products on the market. Some are free, some are not. Free is good, I guess, if money is the issue.
However, MONEY SHOULD NEVER BE THE ISSUE. Hmmm. Maybe I should have said, "if money is the issue, use a product you pay for". The reasons are simple.
1. You typically get
what you pay for (one of my mantras - I use it when I do yoga). If a product is free, there's some catch. The one I most often find is that there is no technical or customer support for free products. Not a problem, right?
WRONG! If you run into any trouble at all, the company who manufactured the product will not support you. Since you are a homeowner, a kid, or a small business owner, you are going to want help if you run into a problem. Therefore, you will have to either get a neighborhood kid, your best friend, or a professional to help. Eventually, it will be a professional because the other two are likely to cause more trouble (remember <say it with me>, you get what you pay for). So, you will have a bigger cash outlay than if you had paid for the software in the first place.
2. Because I have a responsibility for your online safety (whether or not you asked me to take on that task), I have sorted through the list of security software vendors and determined a winner (as far as I'm concerned).
ESET CyberSecurity for Mac!
I have prescribed ESET SmartSecurity 4.0 for Windows users for three years or so. ESET has remained vigorous in their determination to be one of the best products on the market.
I did not take the easy way out and pick them because I am familiar with them, either. I researched which companies offer Mac-based security products, which products are free, what services and functions they offer, how well the labs say their products perform, and who the magazines and ezines say are the best.
In my process, I immediately, and without review, eliminate Norton/Symantec and McAfee from the competition. There are several reasons for this, but suffice it to say that these two manufacturers, as the nine-hundred pound gorillas of the industry, sit on your computer just like 900-pound gorillas will. They take up too much of your computer's ability to function well and slow the machine down until you beg for mercy. It never ceases to amaze me that some labs, magazines, and computer manufacturers try to tell you to use those products. I guess for some of them, it just comes down to money. As for the magazines and labs, I don't believe they look at computer resources when they test these products. If they do, then they are insane for recommending them.
So, go to ESET's website
and select CyberSecurity for Mac. Get a two-year subscription, it's cheaper. If you have multiple Macs, multiple licenses purchased at the same time provide for a great discount.
Better yet, email me and I'll do it for you, provided you live in the North Atlanta area, of course.
Be careful out there!