Yet, it’s Windows users who buy most of the anti-malware, anti-virus, and security software. Most such apps are free for the Mac. Most. But not all. Here’s a look at a popular security package suite for the Mac, and you won’t believe what it does.
This week I received an email promotion for something called the Mac Premium Bundle 2013. It’s a suite of apps designed to do both of two things. One, make your Mac more secure than it is. And, two, add a little fear, uncertainty, and doubt so you’ll part with a little of your hard earned money.
The suite of apps includes VirusBarrier 2013, NetBarrier 2013, Identity Scrubber, Family Protector, plus Washing Machine and Personal Backup.
In one suite of apps you get everything you need to hyper secure your Mac and keep it safe from viruses, keyloggers, scareware, worms, adware, and whatever other malware that security software publishers deem fit to promote and then supply the cure.
It’s obvious what VirusBarrier does, but what about Net Barrier? It monitors the network connected to your Mac to identify what is called rogue applications which could infiltrate the Mac. Identity scrubber is interesting, too, in that is attempts to find and delete personal information. It scans email and other files, displays identity information, and can shred what you don’t want to keep.
Family Protector would better be called MacNanny. It blocks objectionable web content, tracks browsing history, adds time of day restrictions, and features an Anti-Predator mode for chat conversations.
Personal Backup is self explanatory, of course, but Washing Machine caught my eye. It empties caches, deletes cookies, cleans up download and browser history, and does a Secure Clean to delete files, and does it on a schedule.
Mac Premium Bundle 2013 looks like a great deal on the surface, and it’s not a lot of money, considering the number of apparently useful apps in the package. The real question to ask is, ‘Do you need all that security and protection?‘
Have you known anyone to have a security problem, malware infiltration, viruses, or any other security issue with a Mac of recent vintage? Or, is everything you read about Mac security problems simply a laundry list that spreads fear, uncertainty, and doubt to help security software developers to stay in business?
My Mac’s only security is the login ID and password. Am I being naive? Do I need more?