Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 2:27 AM (in response to joefromhull)
Read here, decide for yourself:
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 2:31 AM (in response to joefromhull)
The simple answer is: If you use common sense and natural precaution, you won't need AV.
The nervous colleagues are probably using Windoze, and of course, you could - unknowingly and unaffected yourself - pass on viruses to them e.g. on external drives, in email attachments, etc.
If you want to help avoiding this, you may want to employ an AV app. Search here and see more, much more in-depth discussions...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 4:57 AM (in response to joefromhull)
I'm still runing without, though my usual reply to this discussion in my workplace is; what's the harm?
I don't really think you "need" AV, but on the other hand, I don't see the harm in using one if you feel safer. I've been recommended ClamX AV and Sophos AV for mac. ClamX is free, open source. I think Sophos is free, though I don't remember. I have no experience with either.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 5:06 AM (in response to gusgrave)
"...though my usual reply to this discussion in my workplace is; what's the harm?
I don't really think you "need" AV, but on the other hand, I don't see the harm in using one if you feel safer...."
The harm is most of them muck up your Mac, are a major cause of slowness and do nothing. However, as a placebo if it makes you feel good then it must be good?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 5:44 AM (in response to joefromhull)
There are two aspects to the question.. if your company requires AV software and you intend to use it for work then you must have it installed. However, if the computer is for personal use then it's an arguable decision. Many on this forum will tell you, no! However, AV software will provide some level of protection from forwarding a virus or malware on to a Windows colleague via email. Macs do not have the virus/malware problems normally associated with WIndows. And most AV progams only search for known virus signatures.. that is, if there is a virus for your operating system, then these programs know how to find it. Most newer viruses do not have known signatures, thererfore, these programs won't find them. Hmm.
IF you choose an AV program then find one that willl give some protection for viruses, malware, phishing, network intrusions, etc.
Many have reported poor experience with Norton for the Mac. I've never experience a problem with it. Others say Sophos or ClamVAX is good enough even though it is free. Kaspersky seems to be a comprehensive product. It is a Russian company with developers around the world. Hmm. Intego Virus Barrier 6 is a British company.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 8, 2013 8:35 AM (in response to sig)
Muck up your Mac? Don't really get your point there, the only AV that I know of that has done any serious damage was the one containing a trojan. Though I seriously suspect that people would not recommend AV that causes software damage.
"Slowness" is associated with all AV, I still have one on my PC and I don't consider this damage since I can turn it off.
Do nothing might be rather harsh, as Russa points out, you can at least prevent spreading viruses to co-workers. Besides, finding one threat in 3 years might be better than not finding the same threat at all. We are still rather unaffected by viruses, but this is slowly changeing. The last big infection was the DNSchanger malware, this infected Mac:s as well.
Well, there are things that makes me feel good that are really bad for me. Like opiates ;) I think a better argument would be that if it doesn't pose a threat or harm you, you can at least try.
Well, thanx for the distraction!