By: Craig Chamberlin
Most of the cybersecurity industry is built around providing security for PCs, and for good reason. There are still far more PC customers than Apple customers, and if you ask Apple owners, chances are they’ll tell you that Macs just don’t get malware. Unfortunately, this is a myth, and one that has caught on very widely.
Intego is the rare cybersecurity company devoted exclusively to protecting Apple users from all types of threats, and with two decades of experience, they know this battlefield well.
And though Intego is not the most-affordably priced option on the market, the company does provide a comprehensive suite of antivirus, anti-malware,and anti-phishing tools that can truly calm those fears you may have about something happening your Mac. And with the company's line of excellent online privacy tools and parental control, you can also rest easy that your kids are safer.
So, what do you need to know about Intego? Let’s take a look.
Intego is a very solid choice if you operate a Mac and you would like an entire toolbox of security measures to protect it from malware and other threats. It also offers a number of tools which parents can use to safeguard their children when they’re online, and has a very easy-to-use and intuitive dashboard.
Mac Internet Security X9 (starts at $39.99 for one year on one computer, $74.99 for two years). This option comes with VirusBarrier X9 and NetBarrier X9 apps included, protecting your Mac against Mac and PC malware and keeping you safe from unauthorized access. It also safeguards your Apple mobile devices, and includes firewall home home and hotspot network protection, in addition to anti-phishing and real-time scans.
Content Barrier Secure X9 ($39.99 for one year, $69.99 for two), If you have kids at home, this gives you an entire package of parental controls that can block the type of dangerous content you don't want your kids exposed to. It provides anti-predator chat monitoring alongside antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware, and also allows parents to monitor their children’s internet use and set limits on time spent online.
Washing Machine Secure X9 ($55.99 for one year, $99.99 for two) This package includes VirusBarrier X9 and NetBarrier X9, and also works to clean up and speed up your Mac to help it run better. The software removes duplicate or unnecessary files you never use and helps you organize and access important folders and documents more efficiently. This package also comes with antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware tools, as well as firewall network protection.
The Mac Premium Bundle ($69.99 for one year, $139.99 for two) This package is arguably the best value offered by Intego. It combines all of the above packages and throws in personal backup 10.9, a bootable backup for Mac which automatically backs up all essential files.
Intego’s products aren’t reserved merely for programmers, and can easily be mastered by novices who just want some extra security for their computer and devices. The company specializes in Apple devices, and this is reflected in the clean, minimalist, user-friendly design of its dashboard. The products are easy to install and you can very simply choose between real-time and scheduled scanning. You can also decide whether or not you'd prefer a display showing a brief overview of threats or a detailed log explaining why this item has raised a red flag.
And not only that, if you do have problems using Intego, you should know that the company has a very extensive knowledge base on its website, as part of an extensive array of customer service options.
One of the best things about Intego is that it doesn’t slow your Mac down. You can run real-time scans with minimal impact on your computer’s performance, meaning that you don’t have to choose between staying secure and getting stuff done.
While some users complain that it lacks a web scan tool for malicious URLs, when it comes to blocking on-demand and on-access malware, Intego routinely proves itself to be one of the most powerful options of the market, scoring over 98% in independent tests – blowing much of its competition out of the water.
|Package||1 Year||2 Years|
|Mac Premium Bundle X9||$59.99 1 Mac, $74.99 3 Macs||$74.99 1 Mac, $139.99 3 Macs|
|Mac Internet Security X9||$34.99 1 Mac, $44.99 3 Macs||$64.99 1 Mac, $79.99 3 Macs|
|Mac Washing Machine X9||$29.99 1 Mac, $49.99 3 Macs||—|
|Washing Machine Secure X9||$59.99 1 Mac, $109.99 3 Macs||$99.99 1 Mac, $209.99 3 Macs|
|Content Barrier X9||$39.99 1 Mac, $79.99 3 Macs||$69.99 1 Mac, $149.99 3 Macs|
|Content Barrier Secure X9||$59.99 1 Mac, $119.99 3 Macs||$114.99 1 Mac, $229.99 3 Macs|
Intego’s “bundle” option provides an impressive array of features and high-level performance, but it’s not exactly cheap. Coverage for two Mac computers will cost you $280 for two years, though with that you get a very extensive list of features - and some peace of mind. That said, the company doesn’t offer a money-back guarantee.
Also, even if the price is steep for you, there are few options on the market that provide such watertight malware protection for Macs, as well as the other features offered by Intego.
The company features an extensive knowledge base on its website and if you can't find answers there or in the company’s blog or forums, you can contact customer service by way of a live chat. This reviewer received an answer from a live representative within less than a minute of writing to them.
There is also a phone help line you can contact at 512-637-0700 from 8:30am to 5:30 pm Central Standard Time.
With two decades of experience, Intego has the level of expertise you’d expect when it comes to protecting Macs. The company also provides some of the most extensive tools for protecting children online.
And while the prices can be steep, it’s simple to ease, provides a long list of security features, and comes with customer service you can count on.
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