For the short few years I have been using Macs I never encountered or even heard of a virus infecting the Mac OS X operating system. While doing the research for a previous post about an open source anti-virus application for Windows users I came across ClamXav.
ClamXav is a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end. Before OS X the number of viruses which attacked Macintosh users totaled somewhere between about 60 and 80. Today, apparently there are no viruses actively attacking OS X users.
However, this doesn’t mean we should get complacent about checking incoming email attachments or web downloads, for two reasons. Firstly, there’s no guarantee that we Mac users will continue to enjoy the status quo, but more importantly, the majority of the computing world use machines running MS Windows, for which an enormous quantity of viruses exist, so we must be vigilant in checking the files we pass on to our friends and colleagues etc.
Do you, as a Mac user, use any anti-spyware or anti-virus programs? Would love to know how many of you there are out there who use anti-virus for mac. Do we just trust that the server that host our email to scan and block the messages with their own anti-virus before we download them and are we smart enough in our browsing patterns to stay away from spyware infected sites?