Eset Cybersecurity Pro review: Antivirus for Mac users
Even some of Apple’s own staff have fallen victim to the recent spate of high-profile hacking attacks, so you might well be wondering if it’s now time to get some extra protection for your own Mac.
The latest addition to the security products available for the Mac is Cyber Security Pro from Eset. This software suite includes four main sets of tools to protect your Mac. It starts with basic virus protection that allows you to scan your Mac or any attached storage devices for suspect files. Then, to prevent the sort of malware attack that hit those Apple employees, it can also scan incoming emails and check websites you visit to make sure they don’t download any malware onto your Mac.
You can get that level of basic protection from the standard Cyber Security package, which costs a very reasonable £29.99 for a single-user license that lasts for one year. However, we tested the full Cyber Security Pro edition, which costs £39.99 for a single-user license, £44.99 for two users, or £49.99 for three users.
This Pro edition also includes a ‘personal firewall’ that allows you monitor and control all network traffic on your Mac, as well as preventing other people from copying data from your Mac onto external devices such as a USB memory stick. Finally, there are also web-filtering controls for parents that want to keep their children from viewing unsuitable material on the web.
Cyber Security Pro provides four levels of protection for your Mac.
That’s a good set of security tools, and Cyber Security Pro is fairly straightforward to use – as long as you’re happy to accept the default settings that are built into it. Once you’ve installed Cyber Security Pro you’ll see a small pull-down menu appear in the right-hand side of your Mac’s main menu bar. This allows you to activate or deactivate the main security features, or to open up the main Cyber Security window.
This looks straightforward enough to start off with, simply listing the security features that are currently running and allowing you to schedule regular virus scans. Most of the main security features also provide default settings that you can set up without needing too much technical know-how. The parental controls include profiles for teenagers and younger children, while the firewall provides profiles with different security settings for home, office or public networks.
However, things do get a bit more complicated as soon as you start to adjust those default settings. Many of the security features have multiple options that are spread across different setup menus and preferences panels, and we quickly found ourselves having to search through the PDF manual and online help files to find explanations of many of these options. The parental controls aren’t quite as extensive as they could be either, and rivals such as Intego’s Family Protector suite provide additional controls for parents.
Cyber Security Pro is reasonably priced and does include a strong, comprehensive set of security features for your Mac. However, it could be a bit daunting for ordinary home users, and is perhaps most suitable for more knowledgeable users or business users who have IT staff that can make the most of its more advanced features.