Pros / Intego is specifically designed to work on Mac computers.
Cons / This program struggles to recognize and block Windows threats on Mac machines.
Verdict / Intego Mac Premium Bundle is the best firewall software for Macs. It earned perfect scores for blocking Mac malware, including spyware, phishing attempts and ransomware.
Intego offers firewall protection that is designed specifically for Mac computers, and its Mac Premium Bundle X9 includes a system cleaner, online file backup and antivirus. The program also comes with parental controls, and you can extend its network protection to your Apple mobile devices.
The Intego NetBarrier Mac firewall is network aware, so it knows when your device is connected to your home network or to a public hotspot. The software automatically sets its firewall to monitor certain entry points based the type of network you connect to. However, it is customizable, so you can choose what to monitor or block the connection completely.
In the most recent tests performed by independent laboratories AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, Intego VirusBarrier detected 100 percent of Mac malware. It had trouble identifying and blocking Windows viruses on Mac computers, so while your machine is protected, you may inadvertently pass a threat along to a Windows user through email, fire sharing or instant messaging.
We didn’t run into any problems as we tested the Intego VirusBarrier portion of the Mac Premium Bundle – it was simple to start the quick scan or schedule full scans. Intego kept us informed of any potential threats and quarantined them until we either deemed them safe or gave the software the go-ahead to completely wipe them from the computer.
The Intego Washing Machine feature scans your Mac for weak spots that make it more susceptible to spyware, bots and hackers. For example, when Intego finds a program that is out of date or discovers a newer version of your operating system, it lets you know so you can update it. This closes gaps the most dangerous threats could use to prey on your computer. The Washing Machine also helps clean up your computer by suggesting old, unused files and programs to delete. In addition, it deletes cookies and clears the trash bin so your device runs faster.
During testing, we really liked the Intego Mac Premium Bundle’s parental controls. Using these features, you can control when and how long your kids are online and block unsavory content. To block websites, you either enable filters based on category, such as violence, alcohol and pornography, or add a specific URL to the blacklist. When your child attempts to access a site that is prohibited or contains content that falls under a blocked category, a notice pops up to tell them they should speak to you about allowing access to the page.
The Intego Mac Premium Bundle is a good choice for protecting your Mac computers and Apple mobile devices. It has a personal firewall plus virus scanners, system cleaners and parental controls. However, while it blocks Mac viruses and malware, it may not detect Windows threats. As such, you could inadvertently pass a virus to a Windows machines through email, instant message or file sharing.
We reviewed the Intego Mac Premium Bundle as part of our Mac internet security software comparison. Check out our review there for more information about Intego's security tools and protection features.