A lot of friends and family have been buying Macs, recently, so I thought I’d post some tips and tricks to help out those who might be newcomers to the world’s best consumer OS.

Mac OS X is very well engineered and pretty secure, but a small malware ecosystem does exist. So do Mac anti-virus solutions. The one I use is ClamXav. Primarily because it’s free, but also because it is full-featured. You can donate to the authors (and you shiould), but it’s still fully functional even if you don’t.

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You can set schedules for automatic scans and updates:

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And you can even have it constantly scanning high-risk folders like shared network volumes or your ~/Downloads folder.

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I’ve had good experience with it. It doesn’t take up too much processor time, and it’s nicely unobtrusive and easy to use.