TETTNANG, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Avira has just introduced the new Free Security Suite for Mac — the world’s first free security package for Mac users that combines security and privacy features into a single suite at no cost.
“Mac users have privacy and security needs. With the new Free Security Suite for Mac, we’ve combined two must-have apps into a single suite to make it easier for Mac users to secure and manage their digital life,” said Travis Witteveen, CEO of Avira.
Avira’s Free Security Suite for Mac combines the award-winning Avira Free Antivirus for Mac together with the Avira Phantom VPN. As an additional protection layer, the browser extension Avira SafeSearch Plus is also part of the suite. This combination protects Mac users against incoming malware, secures their privacy anywhere against online spying, unlocks geo-restricted content and delivers secure search results.
Macs in the crosshairs
The market share of Apple's macOS operating system has steadily risen in recent years and is currently estimated at 10 percent worldwide. This growth has helped place Macs on the radar of cybercriminals. Recent months have seen the emergence of malware for Macs that is usually targeted on Windows PCs. This list includes the Proton RAT, an Apple-certified Remote Access Trojan, the Mac variant of Xagentm, a modular backdoor exploit for customized intrusions, and the KeRanger and “Patcher” ransomware variants for OS X.
“It’s a question of numbers. Due to the increasing numbers of Apple devices, more malware authors are using this platform for malware, PUA, and adware,” said Alexander Vukcevic, Director of Avira Protection Services. “In particular, we see Mac threats utilizing social engineering, creating legitimate-sounding installers to trick users into opening malicious code.”
Avira knows malware from all sides
Avira’s proven threat intelligence covers all major operating systems – and that includes OS X. The extensive AI and machine learning capabilities at Avira are fine-tuned to uncover zero-day threats and new variants of established malware. This detection and blocking of online threats helps Avira keep malware from damaging user’s devices and keeps them from unintentionally passing malware on to friends and acquaintances.
Avira Free Antivirus for Mac incorporates a real-time scanner to analyze all accessed files, a system scanner for making configurable, on-demand searches for malware, and a quarantine management system for suspect files.
The malware-stopping capabilities of Avira Free Antivirus for Mac are recognized by independent testing agencies such as AV Comparatives.
Secure your privacy – everywhere
Mac users need to think more about their privacy – even when safely at home. Recent moves in the United States to allow Internet Service Providers’ to resell private customer data highlights just how fragile online privacy is and how easily it can be broken. All online users are vulnerable, not just when on open WiFi networks, and they can also be snooped on at home – whenever they are not using always-on encryption.
The easy solution is to use Avira’s Phantom VPN to put all communication into a secure and encrypted envelope, keeping cybercriminals and the ISP from eavesdropping on the data packets passing through. Phantom VPN does more than just encryption. By masking a device’s true IP address, Phantom enables more anonymous browsing and helps users unblock geo-restricted content – enabling them to watch events in foreign countries or follow local events while abroad. After enabling users pick their virtual location in one of 20 countries, Avira Phantom VPN runs silently and securely in the background.
Be confident – with faster, safer searches.
Weary of your search engine tracking your queries? Meet Avira SafeSearch Plus – a browser extension for Chrome, which powers your searches, respects your privacy, and highlights infected sites in your search results.
The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is completely free to install and use. Functionality on Phantom VPN is limited by a monthly bandwidth ceiling. The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is available for download at www.avira.com.
A Mac running OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher.
Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently lead in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a family-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Munich, Bucharest, Beijing, and Silicon Valley. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.