Mac OS X may not be as vulnerable to nefarious worms, trojans and viruses as a Windows-based PC. Nevertheless, the popular operating system can hardly be characterized as 100% secure.
And that is why Sophos has launched a free, business-class anti-virus product for Macs.
So, what does the anti-virus program do?
Well, the app is designed to protect your Mac by running in the background and scanning every downloaded program, file and inserted USB stick.
"I'm really pleased about this, because I love Macs. But just like I make regular backups of my valuable data - some of which is irreplaceable and is priceless in sentimental terms - I also run Sophos Anti-Virus," explained senior Sophos security expert Graham Cluley.
"I'm [very] aware that there are a growing number of bad guys out there who might consider OS X users a 'soft target' and deliberately set out to infect Apple Macs, in the hope of stealing login details to banks and social networks, commandeer your MacBook to send spam or install irritating pop-ups, or simply commit identity theft."
Cluley also emphasized that cybercriminals weren't just kids "messing around" in back bedrooms any longer.
"Rather, they're organized and professional. And unfortunately, many Mac users may have been too blasé about securing their computers, making the growing Apple userbase an attractive one to target."
According to Cluley, past threats to Mac users have included:
"[So, yes] wise Mac users will secure their computers now, outwitting malware authors.
"[Because] if we make their jobs of infecting Macs damn difficult, they will go elsewhere to make a quick buck," he added.