Don't-Miss Security Stories
ClamXav 1.1 is an able antivirus program that will keep your Mac protected, though it doesn’t offer all the features that more-expensive programs do. But the price is hard to beat.
SecuriKey offers a quick and easy way for mobile users to keep data on their Mac away from prying eyes. While the setup of additional users on a system can be confusing, SecuriKey just works.
Even if you’re an experienced and fearless network administrator, IPNetSentryX’s complexities may give you pause. Still, considering what you can accomplish with this firewall software, the effort is well rewarded.
Internet Cleanup can simplify the job of en masse deletions of your Internet activities across several browsers. But it duplicates some features already built into Mac OS X or your favorite browser. And other Internet Cleanup features offer a mixed bag.
If you're in the market for a fast-working antivirus program, VirusBarrier X5 10.5.2 is the gold standard. It will protect your Mac without making your other work grind to a halt.
Norton AntiVirus (NAV) is the 800-pound gorilla of antivirus software, on both the Mac and the PC, and NAV 11 proves that reputation is well deserved.
Outer Level’s LicenseKeeper is a great way to store and organize software license data.
Mac OS X’s built-in firewall works well, but Apple offers very few options for configuration. Hanynet’s NoobProof and WaterRoof are utilities that provide just such customization.
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.
DoorStop X Security Suite 2.0 is a best-of-breed program that not only performs the important task of decoding OS X’s built-in firewall utility, but also helps you understand its process.
Some of Norton Confidential’s features work well, but others are less polished; in addition, the program’s manual is cursory at best, leading users to guess about what protection some features actually offer.
Safe Eyes 2006 is a tool that’s designed to help parents control the flow of content from the Internet into the home. Unfortunately, while Safe Eyes shows promise, it’s not the ideal solution to the problem.
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.
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?
While Apple’s built-in firewall application lacks the flash and reporting capabilities of some firewall programs, it will still get the job done.