Sophos launches SMB protection for Macs

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    When there is a real threat to Mac OS security, I'll consider buying a product from these people. Until then, just another worthless application that protects Mac users from... nothing!
     
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    So.. to review:

    It protects from viruses that don't exist on the OS X platform.

    It protects from adware that doesn't exist on the OS X platform.

    It protects from spam, provided you use an Exchange server.

    Wastes resources to (attempt to) update itself 24 times a day.

    Translation: We bank on you being fearful and ignortant. Thanks for your business.

    I guess the only plus here (and I guess the point of this article) is that one can purchase this solution for their business and have it be cross platform, even if it is pretty pointless in the OS X realm.
     
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    Ugh... Sophos has a particularly bad history of conflicts of interest between their statements of risk and their releases of products....
     
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    In a work/school environment, it's important not to spread viruses through files/e-mails and therefore it's good to have an AV program, even on a Mac.
     
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    This is the company that recently said that consumers should use Macs for a virus-free, adware-free experience.

    In a mixed environment in a business, such software can be necessary to protect the overall business. It's not meant for consumers.
     
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    However.. the source of the virus would be a Windows box, and not passing it along via your Mac is simply good karma, rather than necessity.
     
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    Plus the Windows AV should protect against intranet and extranet sources. So it should pick up the file whether it's passed from an internal Mac or from the network. Since the virus cannot replicate on a Mac,

    I can foresee two conditions where Macs need AV...

    1) The Mac acts as a server or mass mailer of possibly contaminated files (i.e. the files being sent out may include files not generated on the Mac, since files generated on the Mac cannot have viruses) to computers, particularly if they are not on the intranet -- here it is necessary to protect against mass infections of PCs that don't have up to date AV.

    2) The Mac acts as a fileserver for windows computers so that the windows computers could cause the virus to replicate on the Mac volume.

    ClamXAV or a variant seems to suit both -- it's good enough to apparently be bundled into Leopard Server next year... and it doesn't pay Sophos or other such dubious companies.
     

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