10 Apps to Defend Your Mac From Malware, Cyber-Attacks

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-01-27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Apps to Defend Your Mac From Malware, Cyber-Attacks

    There are myriad apps available to protect Mac users from security threats. eWEEK takes a look at some of the more effective apps available.
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    FireWall CyberGuard Fights Cyber-Threats
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    FireWall CyberGuard Fights Cyber-Threats

    To protect against online threats, Mac users can try out Firewall CyberGuard. The app comes with a network monitor so users can analyze IP addresses connected to an access point. In addition, users can protect themselves against man-in-the-middle attacks and shield against spam and phishing. Firewall CyberGuard is available for $8.99.
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    Fight Adware and Viruses With AntiVirus Sentinel Pro
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    Fight Adware and Viruses With AntiVirus Sentinel Pro

    AntiVirus Sentinel Pro is another paid app that's designed to protect users against online threats, including identify theft and phishing scams. However, it adds in a scanner for adware and viruses, making it even more attractive. AntiVirus Sentinel Pro has a proprietary malware-detection algorithm and a handy user interface to complement its offering. It costs $9.99.
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    Protect Your Log-in Credentials With 1Password
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    Protect Your Log-in Credentials With 1Password

    For those who want to keep their user credentials safe and sound, there's 1Password. The Mac app, which goes for $24.99, is designed to create unique passwords for log-in credentials and then store them inside the app for safekeeping. It requires just one password to open the app, effectively eliminating any need to remember complex passwords. It's a great way to protect against stolen credentials.
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    Protect Your Identity With VPN Unlimited
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    Protect Your Identity With VPN Unlimited

    VPN Unlimited is another useful app for those who want to secure a connection to a corporate network. The app, which goes for $15.99 per year, is a full-fledged VPN, letting users anonymize their connections, jump on other networks and more. VPN Unlimited is an easy-to-use app and even includes a seven-day money-back guarantee if users don't like it.
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    Another Privacy App With PrivacyScan
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    Another Privacy App With PrivacyScan

    PrivacyScan could be a useful way to safeguard against apps that attempt to collect user information. The app roams the Mac to find apps tracking a user's movements on the Web, caching files, and archiving cookies and temporary files. PrivacyScan is essentially a way to stay safe against spyware that wants to keep track of a user's digital footprint. It costs $14.99.
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    TrendMicro Rides Herd on Mac Malware
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    TrendMicro Rides Herd on Mac Malware

    TrendMicro offers a wide range of security suites for users. For the Mac, users can choose an antivirus solution to seek out and find malware. Like other apps, users can set TrendMicro to automatically scan for malicious files and update a database to continue to protect the machine against new threats. It costs $29.95 per Mac per year.
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    Panda Is Another Stalwart Endpoint Security Package
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    Panda Is Another Stalwart Endpoint Security Package

    Panda is another antivirus application designed to protect users against malicious content, like viruses and spyware. The app runs in real time to provide ongoing protection and includes automatic updates. Discovered malware is automatically quarantined and can be removed upon detection. Panda pricing starts at $76.
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    McAfee Focuses on Internet Security
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    McAfee Focuses on Internet Security

    In addition to the standard antivirus, McAfee offers Internet security, so users can safeguard against phishing attacks and even malware that could crop up on social networks. But like some of the other higher-end applications, it's relatively pricey at $80 per year.
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    ESET Wards Off Cyber-Threats
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    ESET Wards Off Cyber-Threats

    ESET's Cyber Security platform is designed with online security in mind. The app will of course fight the typical endpoint virus attacks, but it also provides protection against online malware, phishing threats and malicious links on social media. ESET says that it has optimized its user interface for ease of use and that its Mac platform offers cross-platform protection, so threats don't move from a Mac to Linux. The app costs $59.99 per year.
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    Don't Forget About Find My Mac
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    Don't Forget About Find My Mac

    While there may be some solid third-party apps that promise Mac users protection, Apple offers its own security tools. Not only does the company's Find My Mac help users discover the location of their lost or stolen Mac, but it enables users to sound an alarm, lock it down or wipe it clean to protect against personal data theft. Best of all, it's free.
 

Security is obviously a concern on a Mac. For that reason, a variety of software vendors—from early-stage startups to well-known corporate giants—offer solutions designed to protect Mac users from Internet-based threats, local malware and even physical theft. Indeed, a quick perusal of Apple's Mac App Store finds a wealth of antivirus applications, virtual private networks (VPNs) and firewalls. The best applications tend to be paid, requiring customers to pay for the app either once or annually, depending on the program they choose. But as with anything in security, the expense is typically worth it—that is, if the app works well. In this slide show, we take a look at some of the more popular (and effective) apps that are designed to handle troubles on the Mac. The apps are all available now, and while some may be a bit expensive, they all go a long way in capably safeguarding critical data and protecting users against malicious threats. Read on to learn more about some of the most highly respected security apps for the Mac.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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