Updated 16 Mar 2018

Apple

macOS (2018)

Bottom line: The macOS system has extremely poor protection from malware and can be difficult to use. As it is part of the operating system, it has little effect on how well the system runs. It does however have some good features such as backup and parental controls.

macOS (2018)
Consumer score
16
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
Extremely poor
16
Protection
Extremely poor
0.3/10
Ease of use
Poor
2.6/10
System impact
Good
7.2/10

Good points

  • Good system impact.
  • Has backup feature.

But

  • Extremely poor protection.
  • Poor ease of use.
  • No anti-spam protection.
  • No anti-phishing protection.
  • No ransomware protection.
  • No banking protection feature.

How we test

Overall score is comprised of:

Protection (65%) . This includes:

On-access scan: incorporates a web test assessing the software’s ability to prevent an infection coming from the internet and a USB scenario (performed both online and offline) evaluating the ability of the software to prevent an infection coming from an external drive. It also assesses how well the software detects and blocks phishing and ransomware attacks. Our macOS security software test differs from our Windows test as we couldn’t find an instance of a website infected with malware targeting Macs. For this reason, our live web test and ransomware test aren’t run on the Mac security software.

On-demand scan: evaluates the detection of malware from an on-demand (scheduled or user-initiated) scan with a large collection of different types of malware while offline, on connected cloud storage, and as malware is running. We also look at how well the software detects malware targeting different operating systems including Windows, Mac and Android.

Ease of use (25%): assesses installation, configuration and normal day-to-day use of the software, as well as clarity/simplicity of the user interface. We also look at the available user help, such as guidance, help menu and options, and updating the software.

System impact (10%): assesses the software’s use of disk space and memory, plus its effect on boot time and common tasks such as program launch and use, file use, copying and conversion.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$0

Program

Number of PCs on licence
n/a
Licence period
n/a
Operating system
macOS
Version tested
10.12.6 Build 16G1036
Website
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Features

Anti-phishing
No
Anti-spam
No
Backup
Yes
Ransomware protection
No
Proprietary firewall
n/a
Parental controls
Yes
Password manager
No
"Bloatware" included
n/a
Banking protection feature
No
E-mail scanner
No
Offline help
Yes
Download of a bootable CD / DVD
Yes
Download of a bootable USB key
Yes
Can create a bootable CD / DVD
Yes
Can create a bootable USB key
Yes
Minimum requirements - Processor
-
Minimum requirements - RAM
-
Minimum requirements - Hard disk
-
Recommended requirements - Processor
-
Recommended requirements - RAM
-
Recommended requirements - Hard disk
-

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Notes
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