We consider security to be an important part of computer ownership. Security for you means keeping your hardware safe, keeping your data secure, keeping your network safe, and keeping the people around you safe. We are big believers that vigilance is a vital tool in the fight against malware, and that applying security patches in a timely fashion goes a long way toward keeping a platform safe.
But we’re also fully aware of the fact that there is no such thing as secure code. Operating systems are huge, and it doesn’t matter whether that code is written in Redmond or Cupertino or somewhere else, it will be riddled with bugs. Patched bugs represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the actual vulnerabilities present in the code we are exposed to and use on a daily basis.
Then there’s all the code you run on top of your operating system. Here’s an example of a serious vulnerability that affects OS X that was discovered the other day.
If you believe that your operating system is secure, you’re deluding yourself. And if you try to tell others that your operating system of choice is better than someone else’s, you’re trying to delude others and don’t be surprised if people think you’re foolish.
When it comes to malware, you don’t want it entering your system, you don’t want it inhabiting your system, and you don’t want to pass malware on to others. You achieve this by taking a three-pronged approach:
Vigilance and care in what you download and install, where you visit on the web, and who you allow to access our system.
Apply patches in a timely manner. Not installing a patch – unless you have a very good reason – is just idiotic.
Having an antivirus running to scan files that live on or pass through your system.
The final stage is important not only because it protects your system from malware – and believe us when we say that Mac malware does exist, but it also scans for Windows malware, which prevents me from passing on bugs to other people. A little RAM and some CPU cycles is a small price to pay to get an independent eye cast over the bits that flow into my Macs. Sticking your head in the sand and pretending that it doesn’t exist is just plain foolhardy.
Oh, and the tale about antivirus slowing down Macs? It’s nonsense. We’ve run dozens of different antivirus programs on our customers’ Macs over the years and not had any performance issues whatsoever.
We understand that by buying a Mac you’ve spent hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars on hardware, but that’s still no excuse to not protect your investment. Any antivirus program is only as good as the definitions it gets and scans with once per day. That’s why it’s a no-brainer to run multiple scans from different outlets at different times like our Managed Services Program.