Protecting Windows on a Mac from Attack
Running Windows, whether via Boot Camp or a VM, is hazardous. There are thousands and thousands of viruses, Trojan horses, worms, and other threats to the Windows OS and to the files you store under it. One of the first things you should do when you get a Windows environment running is to install security software on it. At the least, you need a package that protects Windows from viruses, but that is really only the basic protection you need. The application you get should also protect Windows from other threats, such as worms and macro viruses. Because there are so many Windows computers and so many threats to those computers, there are many Windows security applications from which to choose. Here are a few to check out:
- Norton Internet Security (http://www.symantec.com/index.jsp)
- McAfee Internet Security Suite (http://mcafee.com/us)
- Avast! Antivirus (http://www.avast.com)—This option is free for personal accounts.
- AVG Internet Security (http://free.grisoft.com/)—This option is free for personal accounts.
Make sure in whichever software you use that you configure it to automatically update its virus definitions frequently; new Windows viruses emerge constantly, and so you need to ensure your security software is as current as possible.