kaspersky security for Mac
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Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac$30.20Amazon.comTrend Micro Smart Surfing for Mac$49.95Trend MicroLike its predecessor Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac, Kaspersky Security checks for viruses any time a file is accessed.

Its iSwift technology avoids re-checking files that have already been deemed clean, to boost performance. You can run a full or quick scan at any time. Unlike the lightweight Kaspersky Virus Scanner (for Mac), Kaspersky Security doesn’t offer scheduled scanning.

The antivirus uses malware signatures to detect known threats and behavioral detection to catch those so recent they don’t yet have signatures.

New in this edition, a Web antivirus component steers users away from known malicious and phishing URLs and marks dangerous URLs in search results.

It also checks Web pages for malicious code and prevents download of malicious files. The Web antivirus supports Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.

Like Symantec’s iAntivirus, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac $30.20 at Amazon.com, and several others, Kaspersky Security includes Windows-based malware in its scan, on the basis that your Mac might transfer these to Windows systems on the network.

As a guard against password theft via a key logging or screen capturing Trojan, Kaspersky Security offers a virtual keyboard. It also implements a number of self-protection technologies so it can’t be disabled by targeted malware.

Full-scale Parental Control

Trend Micro Smart Surfing for Mac $49.95 at Trend Micro offers parental control in the form of optional content filtering.Kaspersky Security’s parental control goes quite a bit beyond content filtering, though it will filter out objectionable content in 14 categories.

It can also force Safe Search on certain search sites, and prevent downloading of music, videos, applications, or archive files (which might contain any of the other three categories).

Parents can set a daily maximum for each child’s time on the Internet. There’s also an option to define a time-range during which Internet access is permitted on weekdays and on the weekend.

Kids sometimes share information that’s too personal, like the home phone number or address. Kaspersky Security can block transmission of parent-defined private information.

The social networking component tracks each child’s correspondence on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Parents can review the messages and, if necessary, block certain contacts.

In addition to viewing social networking messages, parents can view a history of the child’s Internet activity and look into any violations of time scheduling or private data transmission.

Kaspersky Security for Mac is available directly from the Kaspersky website. You can also install it using one of your licenses from Kaspersky ONE Universal Security $79.95 at Kaspersky Lab North America | United Kingdom, which protects multiple Windows, Mac, and Android devices.

Source: PC MAG