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We review the best free and paid Mac antivirus programs based on protection, ease of use and performance impact to help you choose.


Sophos Antivirus for Mac is an easy-to-use and free program whose strong protection and built-in scans make it our top choice.

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  • BullGuard Internet Security - free

    Bullguard Internet Security is a program that gives security and protects your computer against hackers and viruses.

    available for : windows
  • BitDefender Internet Security - free

    BitDefender Internet Security is a complete protection to avoid all threats that may enter or harm your computer system.

    available for : windows
  • Kaspersky Internet Security - free

    Kaspersky Internet Security does a better-than-average job of keeping your PC safe. Three new features along with expected upgrades to their antivirus engine keep Kaspersky competitive.

    available for : windows
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Apple's iOS 8 contains striking security improvements and comes with a stringent privacy policy that makes it difficult to spy upon iPhones.

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Facebook is the clear winner when it comes to the number of users in the world. In order to maintain heavy...

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In iOS 8, users can choose their default browser search engine, and one option is the privacy-friendly DuckDuckGo.

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The data breach at Goodwill's payment processor affected at least two other enterprises and lasted longer than was previously disclosed.

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Apple's two-factor authentication, which secures Apple accounts, now applies to iCloud as well — if, and only if, you activate it.

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By using two perfectly legal devices just about anyone can steal your PIN number and use it to fill their own coffers with your cash.

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The iPhone 6 supports NFC, but don't expect to use it for anything outside of Apple Pay.

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With excellent malware detection rates, useful extra features, and a free price, Avast Free Antivirus for Mac is our top choice.

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The recent breach at JPMorgan Chase may not be as severe as originally feared, but it could get worse, the New York Times reports.

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Bitdefender's Tracker Notification feature lets you know which pages are following your movements across the Web.

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ClamXav may be a well-known name in Mac security software, but it just can't compete with other free options.

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Intego Mac Internet Security X8 is a lightweight paid program with excellent extra features, but it lacks a Web-link scanner.

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Gamers who use Twitch are at risk for a nasty program that can compromise their Steam libraries and cost them quite a bit of real money.

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Home Depot is investing a possible security breach while Jennifer Lawrence deals with fallout from the celebrity hacking scandal dubbed "Nudegate" on this episode of Give Me Tech!

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New York-based artist Maximus Clarke's piece 'Per Speculum' is about the difficulty of achieving truly private and anonymous communications.

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Vysk QS1 makes your iPhone communications impenetrable, thanks to an on-board processing chip that does encryption outside the phone.

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Someone got hold of more than 5 million Gmail usernames, as well as passwords, but your data is probably not at risk.

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Microsoft and Adobe release security updates for software including Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash Player.

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Amazon, Yahoo, YouTube and 71 other websites have fallen victim to the Kyle and Stan ad network, which hides malware in legitimate ads.

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The new iPhone's Apple Pay mobile-wallet system sounds fantastic -- until you read the fine print.

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