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Intego Software
Virus Barrier for your Mac
By Ko Maruyama
With the ever-increasing popularity of Mac hardware, it's not unusual to hear that it's becoming the target of hackers and viruses. Historically touted as the operating system without viruses, the MacOS has been a dream for all of us Mac users -- especially those of us who prefer not to worry about security software. In the early days of the MacOS, there were a few different choices for  the few of us who even bothered to run software to protect ourselves from viral attack.

Now, Intego Software has come up with an elegant solution for us all. Not only does this help to protect your Mac against any unwanted bugs, but it does it in an unobtrusive, and easy to use way.

The software comes with the menu, and ease you do to put towards the software comes with a menu although the software is running in the background, and uses little of your system resources, the application also allows you to scan mounted drives, compressed files, and directories attach your computer in a workflow that Mac users can appreciate. The user interface is designed well, and run smoothly, allowing you to see exactly what's going on and get instant feedback for what may or may not be infected material before it is any real damage to other files on your machine.

As with most sophisticated virus scanners, the software comes with subscriptions that will update the definitions of existing viruses for the MacOS. Additionally, there are other filters and content protection that you can subscribe to and update as new definitions and alerts become active.

The on-demand scanner has a UI that looks more like a video game heads up than the technical battlefront it provides against potentially threatening files.

Simple drag and drop operations allowed even the newest Mac users (and latest switchers) to understand what needs to get done in order to scan the drives/directories/mounted volumes.

While it's difficult to say whether or not my Mac has been attacked by truly malicious files, while using virus barrier X5, it has  been able to detect some anomalies in files located on old hard drives which may have been failed attempts against the machine.

We are Mac users, and although our MacPros  have gone unscathed for so long, protection against viral attacks is a well advised complementary part of backup and redundant file saving. Intego Software provides an overall solution -- not just saving your MacOS, but also making sure that any Windows OS running on your new Mac Pro or Macbook Pro doesn't fall victim to the countless Windows viruses in the wild.

The latest version of Virus Barrier also scans your iPhone for any possible malware that may have come through your regular mail. You certainly wouldn't want a virus on your new iPhone 3G S.

You can see all the prices, and multiseat discount information by going to the website  There are several different  components available, all with different functions to protect you and your files on your Mac.  Internet Security Barrier is a software package that contains several of the modules including virus protection and personal backup software.   The module I tested contained only NetBarrier X5.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

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