Mac Antiviruses for Business
2019. Microsoft Defender comes to Mac
Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is coming to the Mac. Previously, this was a Windows solution for protecting the machines of Microsoft 365 subscribers and assets of the IT admins that try to keep them safe. It was also previously called Windows Defender ATP, but given that it is now on the Mac, too, Microsoft decided to drop the “Windows Defender” moniker in favor or “Microsoft Defender.” There are plenty of enterprises that use a mix of Windows machines and Mac, and which provide all of their employees with Office already. Having a security solution that spans both systems can greatly reduce complexity for IT departments — and keeping up with security vulnerabilities on one system is hard enough to begin with.
2016. Avast Antivirus acquired competitor AVG
Avast, one of our the most populer antivirus applications, is acquiring one of it’s biggest rivals, AVG Technologies, for $1.3 billion in cash. The deal will give Avast access to over 400 million devices that currently use Avast or AVG’s software. This includes 250 million PC and Mac users, and 160 million mobile users. The actual acquirement process will take a few months, but you can expect positive changes in threat detection efficiency already in the near future. Avast will be able to gather more threat data to improve user protection on PC, Mac, mobile, and even start branching out into Internet of things hardware. And Avast will have access to AVG’s Zen mobile technology that’s used to protect an entire family’s devices from just one primary device. The combo also means they’ll be able to improve technical support to business users.