Little Snitch 2.0.3

A useful companion to Mac OS X's built-in firewall, Little Snitch alerts you when programs "phone home" and lets you control outgoing network connections.

MacScan 2.1

Despite the fact that it takes care of its business reasonably well, most users can probably live without MacScan. While Windows users might need a dedicated spyware-catcher, our review finds no real need for such specific Mac software.

Security terms explained

Zombies and worms and bots—oh my! Most Mac users haven’t had a reason to be familiar with the security world’s colorful terminology. Here’s a primer.

MacScan 2.1

MacScan scans your hard drive for spyware and cleans up after your Web browsing. But do Mac users really need a dedicated app to handle those tasks?

Windows security for Mac users

If you install and run Windows on your Mac, you leave the safe haven of the Mac platform. Here's a security regimen you can follow if you use Apple's Boot Camp to enter the Windows world.

Protect your Mac

Are you leaving your Mac vulnerable to viruses, intruders, and other dangers? OS X may be more secure than other operating systems, but it's not invulnerable. Here are 18 things you can do right now to protect your Mac -- and your data -- from potential disaster.

Tips for avoiding a Mac disaster

Are programs running on your computer that you don’t know about? Could a mischievous installer have plunked an unknown application in your Login Items list and set it to hide each time it launches at startup? If you’re curious, there are a number of ways to find out.

Little Snitch 1.2

Little Snitch strikes a good balance between automatically blocking potential problems and letting users decide what connections to allow. This is a great tool for anyone who uses a wide variety of software.

Norton AntiVirus 10.0.1

Norton AntiVirus 10.0.1 is a substantial upgrade over previous versions. If you’re a Tiger user who’s already running NAV—or you work in a mixed-platform environment—making the switch is a no-brainer.

Mac Security: Fact and Fiction

Are you worrying too much about security—or not enough? Our panel of Mac security experts examines several commonly held assumptions about viruses, spyware, wireless networking, and Web privacy and reveals which ones are true and which ones are false.

Select Your Shield

Don’t let the small number of Mac viruses lull you into a false sense of security—you need antivirus software for your Mac. We look at four programs—Intego VirusBarrier, McAfee Virex, Sophos Anti-Virus, and Symantec Norton AntiVirus—designed to keep your Mac secure.