Avast announced on Monday (4) the arrival of two new programs to protect macOS, the operating system of Apple computers. THE Security Pro is an antivirus that has some extra functions for prevention against ransomware, a type of attack used by hackers to «hijack data». Another app is Cleanup Pro, which offers solutions for cleaning operating system files – there is already a feature of Avast Cleanup for Windows.
Both software are available for purchase on the Avast website – not yet on the macOS App Store. The price of the ONE year license for Avast Security Pro and Cleanup Pro is $ 119 each. Buying the two together the price goes to R $ 159. Understand how the protection for Macs works.
Avast Security Pro promises protection against malware on macOS (Photo: Disclosure / Avast) – Photo: Avast
The software arrives at a time when the security of macOs is put in check. The Apple operating system has suffered from problems with exploiting flaws. The most recent exploit, discovered last week, allowed administrator access for any user without the need to enter a password or login. Among other cases, Avast has also noticed an increase in the number of threats developed for the system. In 2017, the company’s protection applications blocked more than 250 million threats targeting macOS.
The most common is adware, a type of program that displays unwanted advertisements. The second biggest threat is PUPs, software that installs on the computer without the user’s consent. The other most common problems are access to websites that download some type of malicious script, followed by trojans and ransomware. See the most popular ransomware for Brazil.
In addition, owners of computers with macOS may be vulnerable to intrusion by unwanted router domain. This year alone, Avast claims to have blocked more than 100 million threats of this type. It is worth remembering that macOS was one of the systems affected by KRACK, a flaw in the WPA2 protocol that allowed a hacker to intercept the data exchanged over the network. It makes sense to protect him.
Security Pro and Cleanup Pro: What’s new
Cleanup Pro allows you to free up space on your HD by eliminating duplicate files (Photo: Disclosure / Avast) – Photo: Avast
One of the highlights of Security Pro is protection against ramsonware. The application allows you to isolate personal files, such as photos or documents and protect them before they are encrypted by such malware. Thus, if the computer is the target of an attack that blocks files, that data will be protected against encryption and cannot be changed without permission.
In addition, it also features Wi-Fi Inspector, a function that provides detailed information about a wireless Internet network in real time, such as whether the password is secure, who is trying to connect and whether the connection is protected with some type of cryptography. It is worth noting that the already existing Avast Security for macOS brings a free version, but this alternative does not have these two options, only with protection against malware and the detection of suspicious sites on the Web.
Cleanup Pro, on the other hand, allows you to perform small cleanings on the operating system. With a simplified interface, it allows you to eliminate system logs, temporary files and browser cache. Another function is the detection of duplicate files, freeing up space on your computer’s hard drive.