Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 1:45 AM (in response to rhburnett99)
Is this a Mac AV package? Or do you know, at least, the name of it? Some uni's may actually require you to use some sort of AV software (I don't know about Penn State...).
If you feel as if you need some type of AV software, the only that I can personally recommend (because I tested it on my machine for over 6 months) is the free Sophos for Mac. Some others here might also recommend ClamXav. For a good perspective on the state of Mac malware and the like, see Thomas Reed's Mac Malware Guide.
Call back if you need more information - there are a lot of opinions about AV software for Macs around here...
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 1:57 AM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)
Symantec Endpoint Protection (formerly Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition) is the name of it, and yes there is a mac version available. the university doesnt require it but highly recommends it, as well as to delete any other AV protection they may already have. I just dont know becuse ive read that macs have AV protection built in, and that having multiple AV software can actually be counterproductive.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 2:02 AM (in response to rhburnett99)
Don't you DARE install it. As I said, if you feel as if you must use some AV software, use Sophos. If I were on a uni network, I would likely feel the need to use some sort of AV protection.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 4:37 AM (in response to rhburnett99)
As Clinton Recomends
Sophos free for home use
(Great free antivirus for macbook)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 11:23 AM (in response to rhburnett99)
I use my MacBook Pro as my primary work computer and am connected to my work network. I am required to use the corporate selected AV tool, Symantec Endpoint Protection. On top of this, I am also required to use FileVault.
Am I happy about it? No. But, SEP doesn't significantly impact a computer with an i7 processor (you have 4 hyperthreaded cores available to you). It does, however, significantly slow down the system start-up. But, once you have gotten past that, the performance does not seem to be impacted.
The reason they use Symantec Endpoint Protection is so that a central server can push updates to ensure that all computers on the network are current.
You can simply refuse to install anything for now. But I would bet in the near future you will have to have it installed to be allowed on the network. All corporate and institutional network admins are becoming very cautious about access (as they should be). You will also probably start to see more and more external sites black-listed (blocked) to cut down on inadvertant problems caused by unwary users.
Although your system might not get infected by any malware/virus, you could accidently pass on a virus to a Windows PC simply by forwarding an infected email.
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