Mac in an office enviroment

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mircera, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Mircera macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I have finally convinced my boss to let me use my macbook pro at work, but the terms for letting it in on the network is that it must have some antivirus program.

    Now, from what i know thats not nessesary as viruses can't harm OSX itself. What i need to know is if mac can carry a virus(altho not infected itself) which spreads out to other OS's. If thats the case, would an antivirus program help, or are they only focused on what can harm OSX?
  2. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    They are more worried about you possibly getting a file that has a virus attached to it and spreading it to the server (if they have one). They are not focused on the Mac OS more on the Windows machines that are in the office... You can get clamav or I use iAntiVirus, both non-intrusive to the Mac OS and will protect the network machines.
  3. Mircera thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2008
  4. VoR macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2008
    A virus wouldn't 'spread' by itself, but you could still be sending or giving access to infected files. You could also have some other type of malware actually running without knowing, and having this on your local network could cause any amount of security issues.
    You've been asked to install an AV so do it, why argue? :) The consequences of ignoring this could be nasty and even if your machine wasn't at fault, you'd probably be blamed.
  5. Mircera thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2008
    Hey VoR,

    Thats exactly why i wanted to look into it :) I don't mind installing AV, but i just felt like if the AV's for mac wasn't good due to the level of virus activity for *nix/OS X etc, i wouldn't bother with it.

    But thanks alot for your advice :)
  6. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Install ClamAVX, and display the menu bar icon for the watchdog.

    You don't need to actually use it or even have the watchdog watch anything -- just have it in the menu bar so that you can say "see? It's running!" ;)

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