Mac owners have another option when it comes to their defensive repertoire, as Panda has just released its newest security product simply named Antivirus for Mac. Panda offers a free trial version of the program so that consumers can take a test drive. If satisfied, they can purchase a one-year license of the full version for $49.95.
Antivirus for Mac offers Mac OS and OS X users protection versus malware in the form of viruses, adware, spyware, and more. It offers the ability to scan other Apple products such as iPads, iPods, and iPhones as well. It will also help prevent Mac users from transmitting malware to others running Windows or Linux operating systems via infected documents.
The timing of Panda's unveiling of the new antivirus program is quite strategic, as it came on the same day as Apple hosted its Back to the Mac event. During the Back to the Mac event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced plenty of upcoming happenings surrounding the Macintosh, including two new Macbook Airs, a new operating system, and more.
While many have held the belief that Macs are free of viruses, such is not the case. In actuality, infections among Windows computers have been much higher due to having a high market share. Since Windows computers are used on a much larger basis, they are seen as an attractive target to hackers.
Macs are now seeing increased market share, however, which means that they too will likely become malware targets. Add into the increased market share the fact that many threats come from the Internet, and you have yet another reason to install solid antivirus software.
Recent reports from research companies such as IDC and Gartner have shown the increasing popularity of the Mac. On a global scale, Apple still has not been able to crack the top five list of PC vendors. In the United States, on the other hand, Apple has achieved a 10.6 percent market share, which places it in third place amongst PC vendors nationwide. Considering the overall popularity that Apple is achieving with its other products such as the iPhone and the iPad, the Mac is sure to ride a successful wave that should increase its market share even further.
The newest trends in malware on the Mac help Panda even further in its sales pitch. In 2010, Panda noted that there have already been 175 documented vulnerabilities for the Mac. In 2009, there were only 34 throughout the entire year. Panda also noted that 5,000 strains of malware have been created to attack Apple computers, and that an average of 500 new samples spring up on a monthly basis. The increasing number of phishing scams across the net have also given hackers an even easier way to get themselves onto computers, as they dupe users into making their computers breeding grounds for malware.
According to Ivan Fermon, Panda Security's senior vice president of product management, Apple should achieve a 15 percent worldwide market share in the near future. Once it reaches that number, Fermon believes that hackers will begin to aim their efforts in Apple's direction. In the past, Apple itself has suggested that Mac owners run antivirus software to combat malware based on the Internet. Panda has used these reasons to stress the need for its new antivirus product.
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