Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 2:57 AM (in response to abdullahtami)
Not really but if you do want a AV installed in your MBP, look at these two free ones;
I don't have any installed and tried one for a few months and decided it only took up space and deleted it. Paid AV applications seem to slow a Mac down or worse.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 2:59 AM (in response to abdullahtami)
Do read this:
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 3:05 AM (in response to abdullahtami)
Since it's a new Mac with 10.8.2 no, unless your receiving content like emails and files from Windows users, then running the free ClamXav scan once in awhile is a good thing to do.
If you run your Software Update and upgrade OS X when a new version rolls out, then you should be fine.
If you have to stay back on a older OS X version because of expensive software//hardware drivers for third party hardware etc., and you remain there for longer than a couple of years, as Apple tends to ignore slightly older OS X versions, then I would suggest installing Deep Freeze setting up a thaw zone for files as a reboot will reset the bits and clear the machine of malware.
If your a risky web surfer, like to do P2p, Warz and the like, then you should feel comfortable reinstalling your entire system quite regularly, even as a precaution for stuff you can't see.
You should learn about your backup and cloning options.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 12:03 PM (in response to abdullahtami)
Another reference for your reading pleasure: Do You Need Mac Antivirus Software in 2013?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 12:28 PM (in response to abdullahtami)
And to add to the great information posted above, you really can't defend effectively against malware only reduce it's opportunity because they find a flaw in something like Quicktime, iTunes, Safari or the Apple software update process that is listening/connecting online and they can just come on in and completely pawn (own) the machine.
You won't know it or can do anything about it really, so don't use any computer online with data entered in it you don't want anyone else knowing about.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 1:29 PM (in response to ds store)
I won't attempt to defend Apple against these past sins as they probably deserve all that critisism and more, but they did manage to react quicker to some of the more recent threats, so they've obviously applied additional emphasis and resources to it. They had an update to Java 6 promoted within 6-7 hours of the time Oracle had it posted last weekend.
Of course Oracle had knowledge of all of those vulnerabilities for weeks and months before they did anything about them. Critical path updates three times a year is not what I think of as proactive security measures.