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F-Secure locks down protection for Macs

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F-Secure, the leading Internet security provider, has launched Mac Protection, software which detects and automatically removes malicious threats.
Automatic updates ensure constant protection against the fast changing and sometimes threatening IT landscape. Other features include a firewall integration which automatically enables the OS X system firewall if disabled, and a “panic button” that instantly blocks all online traffic except update servers in the case of an emergency.

Macs may be under threat from fewer malicious programs than the average PC owner, but safe does not mean secure.
Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure said: “Houses located in a safer neighbourhoods are not technically more secure from burglary. Most of today's Macs just happen to exist in a safer online environment and aren't being targeted by cyber-criminals. Criminals’ return on investment is simply better in the PC world. ”
“A growing number of F-Secure's customers live in households using both PCs and Macs, and they are increasingly demanding security for irreplaceable content, rather than the computers themselves. F-Secure Online Backup is an example of fulfilling this need. As the number of Macs increases, so does the security threat against Mac users. There are already several trojans and backdoors ready to infect unprotected systems.
Sullivan continued: “Many of today's threats are browser based and Mac users are increasing vulnerable to social engineering exploits. We are concerned with protecting all of our customers, their data, their content and their reputation, no matter what the operating system is. The release of F-Secure Mac Protection is our first step into securing the Mac community, which happens to include a growing number of F-Secure employees.”
The team members developing F-Secure Mac Protection have years of experience with UNIX based operating systems. The product already provides excellent real-time protection against all Mac based threats and works smoothly without slowing down performance. It is the natural first step in their development of a comprehensive Mac security solution.

F-Secure Mac Protection is available for consumers from selected operators and also through the F-Secure Beta Program. Registration for the Beta program is available at:

Participants in the Beta program receive a free six-month subscription during which the product automatically obtains database and version updates. Participants also have the opportunity to offer input into the final product, with rewards for the best suggestions and active feedback.
F-Secure Mac Protection is localised into 27 languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Japanese, Dutch, Polish and Russian.
F-Secure – Protecting the irreplaceable
While you concentrate on what is important to you, we make sure you are protected and safe online whether you are using a computer or a smartphone. We also backup and enable you to share your important files. Our services are available through over 200 operators around the world and trusted in millions of homes and businesses. Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. | |