Intego Virus Barrier X Protects Against Macro Viruses
Article by George Norman
On 20 Oct 2010
With Office for Mac 2011 just around the corner, Intego, company that specializes in providing security solutions for Mac, has come out to announce that its VirusBarrier X6 security software solution can protect the users’ machines from macro viruses. You see, the ability to write macros in Word and Excel is a feature that’s been brought back in Office 2011.

Macros, as Intego explained, “are routines that use Microsoft’s Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to perform repetitive actions, streamline the way you use the programs, or add features.” Users can create their own actions by using a library of commands and they can embed macros into files.

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Office 2011 users may be at risk when they open files that contain macros. You see, Office macro viruses are a very common type of malware. Furthermore Macro viruses can infect both the Windows and the Mac version of the Office productivity suite and they survive just fine on Windows as well as on Mac.

“Users of Microsoft Office 2011 will be exposed to security risks if they often exchange Word and Excel files. Intego VirusBarrier X6 protects against macro viruses by spotting them and eradicating them, not only protecting Macs, but also protecting Windows users with whom you share files,” explained Intego.

Office for Mac is scheduled to become available on October 26. The application is already available for preorder on Amazon.

Back in September Intego announced that its VirusBarrier X6 security software solution, besides offering protection against Mac-specific security threats, also offers protection against Windows security threats, which is a good thing considering that there are many Mac users who run Windows in a virtualization program and there are many Mac users who interact with Windows users (sharing files and things of the sort).

“While VirusBarrier X6 is first and foremost a tool to protect Macs from the dangers of the Internet, it has the ability to spot and eradicate Windows malware as well. Especially in an enterprise environment, it is essential to spot malware before it gets to the computers it can affect, and VirusBarrier X6 does this by ensuring that Mac users don’t propagate malware to Windows-using colleagues,” said Intego at the time.

Additional details about VirusBarrier X6 are available here.




Tags: Intego, VirusBarrier X6, Security, Apple, Mac, Office for Mac 2011
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