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Mac Security Review/Test 2023

We have reviewed and tested nine security solutions on Apple’s macOS Ventura. Read our Mac Security Test & Review 2023 to see which security solutions have been approved.

AV-Comparatives Releases 2023 Mac Certification Test Report and Review

AV-Comparatives, an independent antivirus testing lab, has published its report on the 2023 Mac certification test and review of security programs for Apple’s macOS. Ten products underwent rigorous testing on macOS Ventura systems.

Nine Mac security solutions received certification from the Austrian test institute. These certified products, listed alphabetically, are: Avast Security Free for Mac, AVG Antivirus Free for Mac, Avira Prime for Mac, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, CrowdStrike Falcon Pro for Mac, Intego Mac Internet Security X9, Kaspersky Plus for Mac, Trellix Endpoint Security (HX) for Mac and Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac.

To earn certification, products had to demonstrate a high level of protection against prevalent Mac threats, generate no false alarms with legitimate macOS software, maintain system performance, offer real-time protection, perform essential functions reliably, and avoid confusing users with misleading alerts and so on.

Malware research by AV-Comparatives has shown that viable malicious programs targeting macOS are still being produced, and that Mac users are not immune to cyberattacks. AV-Comparatives also tested each product against various potential unwanted programs for macOS, and the results are included in the report.

Furthermore, all participating products underwent testing for their ability to detect Windows malware. This measure ensures that Mac users do not inadvertently transmit malicious Windows files to others. The report provides the results of the Windows-malware detection test as well.

In addition to the test outcomes, the report offers general security advice for Mac users on maintaining system safety. It also includes an in-depth review of each product, covering installation, daily use, and how they alert users when malware is detected. These insights provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of the usability of the products.

Andreas Clementi, CEO and founder of AV-Comparatives, said “Our comprehensive Mac certification test and review reaffirms the need for robust security solutions, dispels myths about Mac immunity to cyber threats, and equips users with the knowledge to keep their systems safe.”

Like all AV-Comparatives’ public reports, the report of the 2023 Mac Antivirus Test can be downloaded free of charge from the institute’s website,  AV-Comparatives is an independent testing lab based in Innsbruck, Austria, and has been publicly testing computer security software since 2004. It is ISO 9001:2015 certified for the scope “Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software”. It also holds the EICAR certification as a “Trusted IT-Security Testing Lab”.