Sophos threat detection data updating

For each of the security solutions we outline here, we have tested their ability to keep your Mac safe, and balanced that against the impact on your Mac's performance.You'll see that even though the best free antivirus programs are good at protection, they tend to hurt your Mac's speed much more than paid-for software.The second reason is that, right now, there are far fewer Macs than there are Windows PCs. Is it any wonder that cybercriminals focus on the Windows world?However, Macs are not entirely safe, and as they grow in popularity and cybercriminals become smarter and greedier, the risk is increasing.

Macs are not unhackable, but they are more difficult to exploit than Windows PCs.So you need to balance cost against performance impact when selecting a product.Plenty of Mac aficionados will tell you that Apple computers are inherently secure and don't require protection.As a result, cyber security is more important than ever, and a good antivirus is the best place to start if you want to stay safe.This is one of several in-depth Macworld articles dealing with Mac security.