Do You Run Anti-Virus on Your Mac?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Just because there aren't many viruses infecting Macs, doesn't mean OS X can't be a vector. I run ClamXav, not really to protect my Mac from viruses, but to protect my Windows machines from catching malware from files on my Mac. So, do you Mac-using folks run any kind of AV software, and if so, which one?

Shifting from recommending no AV for OS X, LifeHacker's just switched to recommending Sophos for Mac. It's quite telling, because, really, you probably don't need AV on your Mac if you don't pirate stuff and are careful where you download things from. At least, that was the thinking for a long time. The same can't be said for Windows, however. Even if you're careful there's still quite a big risk you'll inadvertently pick up something nasty.

So, what's the general consensus? Is it time we Mac users all start protecting our virtual assets, and if so, what should we be using?

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