The truth about se­cu­rity soft­ware

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

I have just up­graded my 27-inch iMac and I no­ticed my Kasper­sky for Mac soft­ware was not work­ing prop­erly. It suc­cess­fully ac­ti­vated, but I found Time Ma­chine backed up at a snail’s pace to my ex­ter­nal NAS drive. Ap­ple ad­vised an erase and re­in­stall, which re­turned Time Ma­chine to nor­mal speed. When I redown­loaded and ac­ti­vated Kasper­sky, Time Ma­chine be­came slow again. I am now on my sec­ond erase and re­in­stall. I will leave the Mac alone when it does its first backup but feel I should avoid Kasper­sky. Do you have any ad­vice on an al­ter­na­tive se­cu­rity soft­ware? Martin Tuck Yes: you don’t need it. OS X is al­ready ex­tremely se­cure, and it is au­to­mat­i­cally up­dated for free as new vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties are dis­cov­ered. My per­sonal view is that third-party se­cu­rity packages ex­ag­ger­ate the threats you are ex­posed to, and of­fer noth­ing that isn’t al­ready han­dled well by OS X, your router and your ISP. Worse still, as you have found, the soft­ware can it­self be a source of slow­downs and soft­ware in­com­pat­i­bil­i­ties.

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