How many of you that oversee macs install antiviruses on them?
We do, though it is higher educational institution not a corporate setting. The thought is that even though there is a low risk of a Mac OS X virus outbreak, students still plug their potentially infected flash drives and external hard drives into the machines. Better it is cleaned on a Mac where it can't get infected by a Windows virus than on a PC where it might infect the machine before the AV has a chance to clean it.
No, we do not use anti-virus software on our macs.
We are a mixed environment: PC/Win + Mac + Linux.
We only install anti-virus s/w on PC/Win machines.
Our macs are running: 9 os x 10.5 ; 1 os x 10.6
We are in a commercial/small business environment with about 10 macs to manage. The owner of the company (my direct manager) does not believe in mac virus software, and has been using exclusively macs for about 20 years.
This is not intended as an argument for or against mac anti-virus software. This response is simply to answer the question who is and who is not running anti-virus software on mac machines.
We have a few Macs in the art department but run predominantly Windows. At this time only the Windows machines have antivirus software on them.
As an aside, I use a Mac as my main personal machine and only a few days ago installed some AV software for the sole purpose of checking downloaded files, many of which are intended to be installed on Windows machines. I ran a scan of the whole machine and found exactly what I was expecting - nothing.
Personally, I'm having a hard time finding real evidence of a virus for a Mac. That's not to say I don't necessarily believe they exist yet. There are a lot of claims being made, mostly by companies trying to sell AV software, with remarkably little evidence in support of those claims. It reminds me more than a little of the so called Y2K bug, where billions of dollars were spent to "fix" a problem that was non-existent in nearly all but a very tiny number of cases, all of which should have been upgraded at least a decade earlier anyway.
No. I work in an educational environment (1500 Macs in 12 schools), and have not had any problems with virii on the Mac (at least none that I am aware of). Mind you, if there were a small outbreak, we would probably just re-image the machines (and, if they were student machines, be done with it), or, for staff, hope that they've actually got their time machine backup up to date, and re-image and recover data.
I work on a Multi national corporate and we use an Antivirus on our differents unix/linux servers/workstations machines.
Our antivirus editor is: Sophos Antivirus.
I'm pretty happy about this solution because there are almost no faulse positive and the security is quite good.
There are Virus on Mac/Linux/Unix and any other OS, BUT which made the difference is the way you configure and secured your Administration AND user Environnement.
Nope - We have a 3 or 4 Macs for the Creative staff (the other 100+ machines are windows, with the exception of a few linux VMs).
Backups and the network shares that the Macs use get scanned though.
The university that I went to has a site license to McAfee which they offer free to students. There were both Mac and PC versions.
The marketing department where I work has 5 or 6 Macs and over 200 Windows desktops. A few of them have ClamXav on the Mac, so specific files can be scanned, but no realtime scanning. The Windows workstations are all locked down, AV installed, etc. The Macs are not locked down at all, and we've not had a problem with malware.
We tried using AV on Macs, but the product that we used is a real steaming pile that has a very negative performance impact. After removing said product, we didn't pursue the issue further, because:
- We were unable to obtain any information that allowed us to quantify any risk of OS X infection at the time we did the analysis. (This may have changed since then)
- We adopt a layered security approach. Our email has multiple layers of anti-malware defense (hosted and on-premise) and our VPN subnets & internet gateways are protected by a fairly sophisticated set of anti-malware technologies.
- The population (approximately 300 machines) is small relative to the rest of the network.
The only real value to the AV solution that we could put our fingers on was to protect Windows machines against infected files transferred via USB key, etc. The risk was already mitigated by other factors, and our discussions turned into religious debate where neither side had any real facts to present. So we accepted the risk and haven't had an issue in 2 years.
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