Intego Launches Updated Mac Antivirus and Security Suite for Home

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Everything has a downside. As Macs grab more market share, we’re beginning to see developers take the Mac more seriously (witness AutoCAD returning to the Mac after an 18-year absence, and the resurgence of Mac gaming). Unfortunately, Macs are also beginning to find themselves more often in the crosshairs of hackers and virus developers.

So it’s no surprise that there’s a flurry of activity on the antivirus front. In fact, one of the clearest signs that viruses have become a real danger for Macs is that Intego says they’ve revamped their line in order to make it less expensive and less technical, and more user-friendly for everyday Mac users.

Intego has gathered what they say are their three most useful tools into what they’re calling the Intego Mac Internet Security Premium 2013:

Intego VirusBarrier 2013 protects your files and important information from getting corrupted, stolen, or otherwise compromised by nasty malware and viruses.
Intego NetBarrier 2013 shields you from strangers and unknown applications trying to get into your Mac.
Identity Scrubber: Searches for sensitive identity information stored on your computer and protects or deletes it at your command.

Security Premium 2013 is on sale now for $53 (from $70) for one year. You can get just the VirusBarrier and NetBarrier (no Identity Scrubber) for $38.

Each title is available as a free trial, so you can check it out first.

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  • Rygaard

    Uhm… can you name me 1 virus / mall-ware that i can get without typing in my admin password on an updated system ? – if not then i think I will be doing what I have done since i switched to mac 8 years ago… sit back and relax ;)

  • HarryWessling

    Home? Security for HOME makes no sense! In Business, OK, but home? No. A MAc don’t need such tools because the system itself is secured.

  • Wirehedd

    I used their product for almost a year and have to say that not only did it not catch ANYTHING close to a virus but it reduced my MacBook Pro (2010 8GB RAM 2.66) performance by more than half. The real kick in the face from Intego was the fact that it took a series of ridiculous steps to remove the software.

    I can’t recommend this software if you aren’t knee deep in processor power and many, many gigabytes of RAM. A SSD might also be a necessity if you want to maintain post 2001 speeds.

  • technochick

    “In fact, one of the clearest signs that viruses have become a real danger for Macs is that Intego says they’ve revamped their line in order to make it less expensive and less technical, and more user-friendly for everyday Mac users.”

    Nope. Doesn’t mean that at all.

    What it does mean is that this company is looking to play on the fears of former PC users used to constant malware threats, whether the threats and fears are real.

    There have been few to no actual Mac threats even now. Java and Flash sure, hacks in pirated software on torrent sites yep. Deceptive popups off websites etc. but real attacks on Mac OS at the level these folks want you to believe are out there, without some other vector. Not a serious worry at this point. Certainly not enough to say that a new version of their product is a sign of squat

  • IntegoSecurity

    “In fact, one of the clearest signs that viruses have become a real danger for Macs is that Intego says they’ve revamped their line in order to make it less expensive and less technical, and more user-friendly for everyday Mac users.”

    Nope. Doesn’t mean that at all.

    What it does mean is that this company is looking to play on the fears of former PC users used to constant malware threats, whether the threats and fears are real.

    There have been few to no actual Mac threats even now. Java and Flash sure, hacks in pirated software on torrent sites yep. Deceptive popups off websites etc. but real attacks on Mac OS at the level these folks want you to believe are out there, without some other vector. Not a serious worry at this point. Certainly not enough to say that a new version of their product is a sign of squat

    Attackers no longer care what operating system you run–Apple’s recent hack incident is a good indication of that. Malware is one problem, which you may or may not acknowledge, but that’s not the only security threat. It’s about protecting your data from prying eyes, which isn’t just about antivirus software, but also firewall, backup software, data encryption, and other security measures; you’re creating a layered defense that keeps your stuff safe and secure.

  • IntegoSecurity

    I used their product for almost a year and have to say that not only did it not catch ANYTHING close to a virus but it reduced my MacBook Pro (2010 8GB RAM 2.66) performance by more than half. The real kick in the face from Intego was the fact that it took a series of ridiculous steps to remove the software.

    I can’t recommend this software if you aren’t knee deep in processor power and many, many gigabytes of RAM. A SSD might also be a necessity if you want to maintain post 2001 speeds.

    That’s a bit like saying “My house has never been robbed, so I don’t need to lock my doors,” or “I’ve never had a fire, so homeowner’s insurance is a waste of money.” Threats are still prevalent even if you’ve been fortunate to not come across any yet. As Windows continues to lose market share to Android and OS X, malware writers and attackers will follow the market and look to exploit the growing user base for their financial gain.

    As far as performance issues, our new 2013 line of products was designed to operate without bogging down your Mac, so you should notice a vastly improved system performance as well as a more intuitive interface and unobtrusive functionality. If you still experience issues, however, we’d love for you to contact us so we can address any problems you’re having.

  • IntegoSecurity

    Uhm… can you name me 1 virus / mall-ware that i can get without typing in my admin password on an updated system ? – if not then i think I will be doing what I have done since i switched to mac 8 years ago… sit back and relax ;)

    Most malware that’s developed for OS X nowadays is installed without the need for an Admin password (like Flashback, for instance: http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/infographic-mac-flashback-malware/).

    The days of Proof of Concept threats for OS X are pretty much over. A lot of the malware out there is financially motivated, and making it sneaky means more money in the malware writers’ pockets. Here’s some information about the most recent malware threat, which we have named OSX/Pintsized.A: http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/pint-sized-backdoor-for-os-x-discovered/

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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