Is your Mac worth 43 cents? I ask because apparently that's what some Russian criminals are willing to pay for an infected Mac. You should be pleased that you invested wisely - it seems that the going rate for Windows infections is much less.
Are Macs worth more because they are harder to infect? I doubt it - in the case of this bounty, the infection is through willingly downloaded and installed trojans, so infection resistance is unimportant. No, it's probably just simple recognition that Mac owners probably are more "upscale" as a group and therefore worth more. So really, it's not your Mac that is worth 43 cents, it's you.
A bit insulting, isn't it?
Anyway, Symantec and McAfee and all the rest have been trying to convince Mac folks that we need anti-virus software. That's been a tough sell, because plainly we do not - at least not yet anyway. But trojans? Hmmm.. heck, any of us can be fooled, right? And legitimate sites can themselves be compromised and their software perverted to carry along a nasty passenger. We'd probably find out about the latter fairly quickly, but it could cost us a bit more than 43 cents.
Enter MacScan. MacScan scans for spyware, including keystroke logging programs, trojan horses, dialer programs, and remote control applications. It's not an IDS, it's a signature scanner. That is, consults a database of known threats and looks for them on your system.
I really have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it's only $29.99 and that seems to be a one time price - no yearly subscription. On the other hand, do we really need this? It does have some other features like easily selectively removing cookies and web cache files, but that's not worth $29.99. The trojan scanning is worth much more than that if it actually caught a trojan on your machine, but what are the chances of that? Pretty slim, I think.
If you think that would be like throwing $29.99 in the trash, well, I'm not going to argue with you. It might well be.
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