Ransomware for macOS shows the importance of using independently tested Mac antivirus software. EvilQuest / ThiefQuest ransomware is now blocked by all the Mac AV products certified by AV-Comparatives in 2020: Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, CrowdStrike, FireEye, Kaspersky, and Trend Micro.
Mac Security Review/Test 2020
Mac Security Review/Test 2019
AV-Comparatives found a flaw in a macOS security feature that allowed unidentified apps to run (bypassing Gatekeeper checks)
In spring of 2019, AV-Comparatives ran a team-building event, in which their research team was asked to find security bugs on macOS. This was actually planned as a nice event with co-operative activities, but it happened that they found a security flaw on macOS Mojave 10.14.4 and earlier versions. The issue allows Gatekeeper to be bypassed, and unsigned apps from outside the App Store to be executed. The method used does not require any specialist knowledge or programming ability. Anyone who can create, copy and rename folders in Finder could do it, with a few very simple instructions.
Mac Security Review/Test 2018
Mac Security Review/Test 2017
2017 Test & Review of Mac antivirus and security software
The closed Apple ecosystem reduces the risk of malware, but does not make Mac’s immune to adware, spyware and other threats. The recent FruitFly malware for example spied on Mac users through their own webcams. In our 2017 review we tested 9 popular Mac antivirus solutions.
Mac Security Review/Test 2016
Take a look how the latest AV products perform on a Mac. http://www.av-comparatives.org/mac-security-reviews/
Mac Security Review/Test 2015
We just released the Mac Security Review/Test 2015 report. It can be found here.