eScan, a popular security software solution for Windows PCs, will release a Mac Edition of its security software at the 36th Annual Conference of MACAL (Michigan Association for Computer Users In Learning), which is due to be held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI on March 8 and March 9, 2012. eScan for Mac will feature real-time protection against malware and other threats and will provide extensive reporting and automatic database updates to ensure a complete safeguard against all the threats on the web.
The upcoming application will also report any suspicious activity detected in running applications and it can be configured to block any USB storage devices being connected to the computer, thereby ensuring both protection for sensitive data as well as reducing the risk of your Mac becoming infected from software and files carried around on USB sticks.
Mac users have traditionally seen themselves as immune to most threats out there on the Net, seeing as most malware is embedded in Windows programs and viruses are often designed to infect Windows-based systems and are therefore incompatible with OS X. However, given the rise in Macs in 2011 (Mac sales grew by 20.9% during the last quarter of 2011 and this is estimated to grow in 2012), it seems like hackers are turning to Apple’s platform to unleash their destructive creations.
eScan certainly isn’t the first to release a Mac version of its security program. Both Norton and McAfee have released versions of their internet security and virus programs for OS X and there are other offerings, such as Intego’s Internet Security Barrier X6, which is designed exclusively with Mac users in mind.
It may be a hard fact to swallow but it does seem that even OS X isn’t safe from the threats out there on the Internet. However with OS X’s built-in security features, the upcoming Gatekeeper for Mountain Lion and a little bit of common sense, most Mac users will probably find that keeping their Mac healthy and spyware-free isn’t really a difficult task.