As the world of Mac's become more and more popular within the global
community, so does the threat of viruses, system vulnerability and
of course phishing to name a few of the issues which could effect
your computer and more specifically your data and identity. Although the Mac is not as vulnerable as the PC,
these threats still exist and when it comes to phishing or identity
theft, the Mac is just as susceptible.
Thankfully one of the world's
leaders in internet security Symantec have just released "Norton Internet
Security" for the Mac which gives users that additional layer of
safety which is now a must have as almost everyone has access to the
internet which is generally where almost all threats originate
The face of computer security has
thoroughly changed since the advent of the Internet and it's no
longer about "swapping" discs and become infected, rather, the
internet is now the breeding ground for these threats. With that said, Norton Internet Security for Mac supports the
following key technologies;
Internet worm protection
Although we've used Mac for a considerable amount of years
now, I can
safely say that we have never been infected by a virus. However
prevention is always better than cure and what really is interesting
for me in
Norton Internet Security for Mac is the Antiphishing, identity
protection and browser protection of this software suite.
aspects have now surpassed those traditional threats such as viruses
and worms and are probably more dangerous as they can not only steal
your identity but also your passwords and even get banking information and other information that may be used nefariously.
As the PC has had this protection for a number of years now, it's
great to see Symantec move this over the Mac as well.
The installation of Norton Internet Security for Mac was a breeze
and it flawlessly installed on our test machine
iMac 20" 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM and a 500MB Hard Drive
no issues whatsoever.
Of course in order to successfully
install this software you need administrator rights before
installing this program. Once installed, the program automatically connects to
Symantec to download the latest updates which includes virus
signatures and other security updates. I must also admit that the
installation was extremely quick and Symantec seemed to have done
their home work in this edition.
Once the program successfully installed, we were greeted to an
almost PC-esq interface that was simple to use and allowed for easy
navigation. Of course, the interface has been modified to suit the
Mac and that my friends is a step in the right direction.
the program silently works in the background, the "Symantec" logo
now appears in the top right hand corner of your operating system.
When selected, this gives you access to "Live Update", "Norton
AntiVirus", "Norton Confidential", "Norton Filewall" and lastly the
In terms of performance, I could notice no
difference once the program was installed onto our Mac and all
programs worked the same without any interruptions, whether this was
iLife '09, Adobe CS4 or the latest version of Safari.
facets of Norton Internet Security for Mac was as simple as clicking on intended
program which would then bring up a new window whether it was for
"Norton AntiVirus" or "Norton Firewall". The program also allows you
to configure the various aspects of this software suite or for those
who do not want to know anything about their security settings,
Norton Internet Security for Mac will simply monitor your system
without any prompting necessary.
Norton AntiVirus for Mac also has a status and scanning feature
which will scan your hard drive and network drives and give you the
status of your system, ensuring whether you are sufficiently
For those with slower computers, they may need to turn
off "Auto-protect" or configure this feature, however we would
recommend that this setting is not touched. It even scans new media
that has been attached to your Mac, whether USB drives or CD's.
Another new feature for the Mac is the Vulnerability Protection
which monitors your internet connection and prevents any
unauthorised access to your system. Of course as all good anti-virus
boast, Norton AntiVirus allows you to schedule scans and updates to
your system which is great for those times when you are not using
Norton Confidential is probably the most interesting aspect of this
software suite thanks to its phishing protection which detects
fraudulent websites and ensures that your user names and passwords
and not stolen by nefarious sites.
Of course, the user can configure
these options, most with either a "on" or "off" setting which is
probably my only gripe with the program as I strongly believe these
should always be on.
The Norton DeepSight™ Community is a great
addition to this software suite as it contains an up to date list of
hostile IP addresses which assists in preventing any websites from
either being loaded on your computer or websites being hijacked to
another site. We tested this feature of the program and we were
quite pleased that the software blocked all those nefarious sites
and a message is displayed for the user for notification.
In conclusion, Norton Internet Security for Mac is a must have
program for Mac users that definitely gives you an extra tier of
protection for your computer safety. The installation was a breeze
and their was no comprise on computing performance. We were
pleasantly surprised at how easy the interface was to use and
MAC OS X
* Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher (includes 10.5.x support)
* Macintosh system with PowerPC or Intel Core processor
* 256 MB of RAM (512 MB Recommended)
* 150 MB of available hard disk space
* Internet connection required for LiveUpdate
* CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive
Support instant messaging clients for Confidential data filtering
* iChat 4.x
* Microsoft Messenger 7.0.1 for Mac
* Yahoo! Instant Messenger 3.0 for Mac
* AIM for Mac beta 2 for Mac
Must meet minimum Mac OS X operating system requirements