As noted here, one of the topics discussed during my presentations at the ABA TechShow was whether or not Macs need to run antivirus software. I created somewhat of a stir when I adamantly defended my belief that Macs are so secure that antivirus software is not necessary. Apple touts the Mac’s security as one of it’s main features, as shown here.
Security expert Rich Mogull seems to agree with me in his article, "Should Mac Users Run Antivirus Software?" published at TidBITS. He writes that the average Mac user does not need desktop antivirus software. He does recommend additional protection for those users who engage in risky online behavior, such as visiting questionable websites, installing strange software, failing to filter for spam, etc.
I’m interested in your opinions on this subject. Do you use anti-virus software on your Mac? Why or why not? Please submit your comments on this subject, and I look forward to seeing what my readers think.