It is wrong to think that a Mac operating system is safe from malware.
"Since 2005, there has been a marked increase in the number of vulnerabilities in the Mac OS which can be used to conduct an attack via the Internet," said Gun Suk Ling, managing director for Kaspersky Lab, Southeast Asia.
Recently, secure content management solutions developer Kaspersky Lab announced the release of its latest product Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac. It shields the Mac OS against viruses, worms and Trojan as well as similar problems on other operating systems such as Windows and Linux.
It has been observed that the introduction of Mac OS X has made known on a wide scale the usefulness of multi-platform computers, and thus created a room for Mac in corporate and home networks.
The flipside of the coin, however, is that multi-platform feature also made the Mac, like any other computers in a network, prone to malware attack.
"Just because they have not been infected in the past does not mean they are safe now," Gun said. "For example, a Mac machine may be compromised by Trojans or key loggers without the user being alerted to the presence of the threat."
To protect the Mac against viruses, the Kaspersky Anti-Virus has a global anti-virus database of more than 20 million malicious programs for a range of platforms. There are also hourly updates to ensure users are protected against the very latest malicious programs that appear every day.
The Kaspersky Anti-Virus also enables better use of system resources by increasing the performance of user applications when the priority of the anti-virus scanner decreases, especially during intense user activity. Kaspersky Lab said its anti-virus engine "dramatically increases system scanning speed particularly on dual- and quad-core processor platforms."
To prevent the transfer of malware from Windows and Unix virtual systems to the work environment, a protective response is added to the Kaspersky Anti-Virus for shared folders on virtual machines, which are also gaining in popularity with both corporate and home users.
With the Kaspersky Anti-Virus' animated user-friendly interface for both novices and experienced users, the information about the protection status and any necessary user actions are presented in a graphic format that is easy to understand.
Because users hate being bothered with unnecessary requests, the Kaspersky Anti-Virus carries an automated mode, enabling the program to take decisions automatically.
In terms of compatibility, the Kaspersky Anti-Virus can work with versions of OS from 10.4.11. A Macintosh with the Intel processor, 512 MB available RAM and 80 MB available hard drive space are the other technical requirements.
Secure content management solutions developer Kaspersky Lab maintains its headquarters in Moscow. Aside from five regional divisions, including Southeast Asia, it has local offices around the world.
This story, "Kaspersky Unveils Antivirus for Mac" was originally published by Computerworld-Singapore.