ESET Cyber Security
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ESET Cyber Security is the complete if you are considering protection of Macbook Pro or Air which you take to work, home or even travel. Light weight on system and uses Cloud technology to provide faster real-time scanning. Apart from malware protection on system, removable media and social media protection is also covered.
ESET Cyber Security is a basic protection suite for Mac. It has cloud-based scanning technology which facilitates faster malware scanning and a high detection rate as per AV-Test lab records. If we are looking for an Antivirus solution that won’t affect the performance of Mac, then ESET should be the choice.
ESET Cyber Security Features
- Antivirus and Anti-spyware
- Removable Media Control
- Social Media Scanner
- Presentation Mode
- Cloud Powered scanning
- Small System Footprint
- Automatic Updates
It is clearly seen that the product misses out on Parental Control and Firewall. If you are using it on Macbook Air or Pro which would be your personal carrying laptop, parental control isn’t required. However, about Firewall, you can use Mac’s inbuilt firewall which is disabled by default.
Update module not only downloads virus signature for itself but also suggests System security update be installed if necessary.
User Interface and Functionality
User Interface isn’t fancy but a decent one. The dashboard gives an overview of system security by showing the current status of Computer and Web/Mail protection. From here, Real-time scanning can be configured which allows continuous scanning of files on mac in the background. Along with that, it is easy to switch on and off the Email and Web access protection from the Web / Email protection menu.
You can restrict suspicious URLs manually and can see a list of blocked URLs detected automatically by the program. The program has an “Active Mode” which allows scanning of applications using Internet data apart from web browsers. When a controlled application downloads data, it is first saved to a temporary file created by ESET Cyber Security. Data is not available for the given application at that time. Once downloading is complete, it is checked for malicious code.
Performance and Conclusion
We tested ESET Cyber Security alongside Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac on Macbook Air 13 running OS X 10.9 Yosemite. No compatibility issues with third-party apps accessing the Internet like VPN or system default like Spotlight search app. Initial boot time has increased by 1.5 seconds however no visible difference in the performance of work.
ESET Cyber Security is perfect for Macbooks where you just need protection from malware and other online threats on the go without hampering or slowing down the system.