Ever since Apple started introducing Macs with Intel CPUs last year, we’ve received innumerable letters from readers asking the same question: If I run Windows on an Intel Mac (using Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, or, more recently, VMWare Fusion ), do I need to install some kind of security software to protect me from all those Windows nasties? Our answer: You betcha !
But saying is easier than doing: Installing and running Windows security software inside a virtual machine on a Mac isn’t exactly a no-brainer. That’s why Intego’s announcement at Macworld Expo is so welcome: The Internet security and privacy market is now offering “Dual Protection” editions of its VirusBarrier X4 antivirus utility and Internet Security Barrier X4 security bundle (which includes protection against viruses, spyware, phishing, and other hazards). “Dual Protection” means you get Mac and Windows software in the same box. Install it all once, and you’re protected from the virtual Vandals during your occasional Windows session as well as when you’re using OS X.