Panda Security Launches Panda Antivirus For MacSolution provides protection against threats to Mac desktops and
laptops, as well as scanning capabilities for iPhone, iPad, and iPod
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, The Cloud Security
Company, has announced the launch of Panda Antivirus for Mac. This new solution
delivers comprehensive protection against malware affecting Mac OS and Mac OS X;
it also prevents Mac users from transmitting malware to other users of Windows
and Linux operating systems.
Panda Antivirus for Mac scans files and email, detecting and eliminating or
blocking many types of threats, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, keyloggers,
adware, hacking tools, botnets, dialers, scareware and other threats that have
traditionally targeted Windows users.
"We are approaching a tipping point where it will soon be financially viable for
cybercriminals to target their efforts at Mac users," says Ivan Fermon, senior
vice president of product management, Panda Security. "When Apple reaches 15
percent marketshare worldwide, which Panda expects will happen very soon, we
predict that hackers will begin to aggressively target attacks against this
platform. The rapid increase in use of Apple-powered devices - iPhones, iPods,
iPads - is also making the Mac platform a much more attractive target."
The solution includes two scan engines: an on-access scanner, or resident
protection, that protects the computer at all times and alerts the user to any
security incident; and an on-demand scanner that lets users scan the complete
system or specific components at any time. Panda Antivirus for Mac can also scan
Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod devices, ensuring that those devices are not used to
transmit infections between other similar devices or Mac computers.
Immediate Need for Mac Security
"We receive an average of 55,000 new threats every day at PandaLabs. Hackers are
always looking to profit from their activity, which is why there are so many
different examples of malware," said Luis Corrons, technical director,
PandaLabs. "Until recently, Apple users were not an attractive target for
hackers because the number of potential victims was so small compared to
Windows. But now the market is changing and with Apple's global reach, the
numbers are becoming more financially appealing for cybercriminals."
Currently, Panda is aware of approximately 5,000 strains of malware that
specifically affect Apple systems, with around 500 new samples appearing every
month. In addition, PandaLabs has catalogued approximately 170,000
cross-platform macro viruses, which are additional sources of vulnerability for
Mac users. Many web and e-mail based threats, such as phishing scams and
scareware, are platform-neutral, relying on human trust rather than malicious
code to achieve their criminal ends. More vulnerabilities in Mac operating
systems are also emerging; in 2009, 34 vulnerabilities were reported in the Mac
OS, a figure which as risen to 175 so far this year.
Price and availability
Panda Antivirus for Macintosh will be available on October 20 for download from
Panda Security's website at $49.95 for a one-year license, including updates,
upgrades, and online technical support. The software will be available in six
languages at launch: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese.
A free trial version is available for download at:
About Panda Security
Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world's leading provider of cloud-based
security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and
millions of users located in 195 countries around the World. Panda Security was
the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its
Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can
automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day,
guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection
against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda
Security has 56 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and
European headquarters in Spain.