Free anti-virus for Mac – 150,000 active users and plenty of malware found

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

We currently have a stonking 150,000 active users of our free Mac anti-virus product, downloading updates from our servers.

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition was launched on November 2nd, and proved instantly popular. At its peak we were seeing one download almost every second (to be precise, 3032 an hour at the craziest point!). It’s also made the list of top products downloaded on the Apple site, and is listed as the most popular download in their Networking & Security section.

What we’ve also been trying to determine, is a list of the most commonly encountered malware that these Mac users are seeing:

The above top 20 chart shows the percentage of malware reports by…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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