For the first time ever, in 2019, Macs outpaced Windows PCs in number of viruses detected per computer.

Does your Mac have an Anti-Virus program installed?

There are two options available, one FREE the other paid. See below.

One of the main reasons users buy Apply Computers ('s, Macbook's, 's) is due to the belief that “Macs don't get Viruses

That may have been the case in the past but according to leading virus-removal software company Malwarebytes, this has all changed in 2019.

We saw a significant rise in the overall prevalence of threats in 2019, with an increase of over 400 percent from 2018” according to the “2020 State of
Malware Report” just released by Malwarebytes.

” …we examined threats per endpoint on both Macs and Windows PCs. In 2019, we detected an average of 11 threats per Mac endpoint—nearly double the average of 5.8 threats per endpoint on Windows” stated the report.

At the IT Guys, we offer residential customers a FREE basic Anti-Virus software from AVAST which offers basic protection and for Business customers and we offer our 24/7 Anti-Virus/Web Protection & Remote Monitoring Software from Bitdefender.

Companies such as , Trend. Norton, Mcafee and Kaspersky have all developed paid Mac versions of their popular PC products but they do little more than that offered by AVAST FREE for Mac.

Cyber criminals gain access to computers by exploiting know vulnerabilities and flaws in the computers software such as Adobe Reader and the Operating System OS (, , , Linux etc)

Anti Virus programs attempt to detect incoming threats that attack these vulnerabilities on your computer. As new threats are discovered, software manufacturers release “updates” or “patches” to those vulnerabilities so they cannot be compromised.

You can manually protect your computer with vigilance and by making sure that every and patch is applied to your computer as soon as it becomes available

This can also be done automatically by purchasing a “patching-service” that automatically detects available patches and automatically installs them or warns us via our management console, should they fail or require a reboot.

Businesses normally do not have the time to monitor each employee and computer in it's organisation, this is where our Managed 24/7 Anti-Virus/Web Protection & Remote Monitoring Software from Bitdefender comes into play.

Managed 24/7 Anti-Virus/Web Protection & Remote Monitoring Software for is available from Hybrid ICT for $10 per computer per month + GST or $12 per computer per month for Windows Computers and Servers.

Hybrid ICT also offers Managed IT service plans that include Managed 24/7 Anti-Virus/Web Protection & Remote Monitoring Software and start from only $22 per computer/user per month. Please contact Hybrid ICT for a free IT Audit and quote.

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