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Sophos gives away free anti-virus software for Mac

Protects Mac users from malware-based threats

Sophos is giving away free, business-strength anti-virus software for Mac home users in a bid to raise awareness of the growing number of Mac-based malware threats.

The Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac offers automatic detection against existing and new threats for the Mac OS X operating system, the company said.

Its automatic on-access detection feature, which runs in the background, provides Mac users with constant protection against Windows and Mac viruses, worms, spyware and Trojans.

The free anti-virus software also incorporates strong disinfection capabilities, which are capable of removing malware infections that may already be present on the Mac computer.

If you’re worried about your computer’s security, see Which?’s guide to protecting your machine

Although malware is more common on Windows that it is on Macs, there is a growing concern that as the Mac OS X market-share continues to grow, the operating system will become a more attractive target for cyber criminals, Sophos officials said.

‘While most businesses recognise the importance of protecting their Mac computers from malware threats, most home users do not,’ said Chris Kraft, product management vice president at Sophos.

‘By offering free industrial-strength security to home users, we aim to protect Mac users against today’s and tomorrow’s Mac threats.’

Abigail Smith, technology researcher at Which? added: ‘While Macs are less vulnerable to malware attacks than Windows, some Mac users will welcome the peace of mind afforded by anti-virus software that has been especially developed for them.

‘Apple software is renowned for being easy to use, so it will be interesting to see how this product from Sophos measures up in our tests.’

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