Pros / This program blocks phishing schemes.
Cons / It doesn’t have a gamer mode.
Verdict / Trend Micro Maximum Security is one of the best Mac internet security programs and comes with enough licenses to protect other devices, such as cell phones, too.
Trend Micro Maximum Security is one of the best at detecting malware on your Apple devices, including computers, smartphones and tablets. This Mac internet security suite comes with five licenses, so you can protect several machines at once, and it doesn’t cause a lot of drag so you won’t notice any slowdown while working online.
- Malware Detection
- Performance Loss
We used our own in-house tests and results from third-party testing labs, including AV-Comparatives and AV-Tests, to determine how well Trend Micro protects and performs on Mac computers. Trend Micro consistently scored well in detecting malware and other threats, such as spyware and keyloggers. It also does an above-average job of detecting and blocking Windows malware found on Mac machines. While these aren’t a threat to your Mac computer, if not taken care of they can be inadvertently sent to a Windows user through email or file-sharing.
Trend Micro uses little of your computer resources; we only noticed a 5-second delay when the program kicked on. This wasn’t enough for us to notice while playing games online, sending email, downloading programs or watching videos. It is one of the best programs when it comes to loss of performance.
Scanning & Detection
Trend Micro scans incoming emails and their attachments for any malicious attachments, including Windows malware. The personal firewall monitors your internet connection to ensure nothing is sneaking in to attack your network. We especially appreciated the vulnerable software detection scans that looked for out-of-date software. This is the most common point of entry for hackers and ransomware attacks, so this scan is an important feature to have.
Privacy & Protection
This Mac security program includes parental controls that let you block undesirable content and websites by clicking a filter category. You can also add URLs to the blacklist to keep your kids from accessing social media or online gaming sites. The safe browser blocks websites known to contain viruses, plus it helps control cookies and other tracking programs from keeping records and snooping in on your online activity.
One protection tool not available with Trend Micro Maximum Security is a gamer or silent mode. Security software that has this mode is able to cut down on the resources it uses while you are watching movies or playing games so you’re not disrupted with lag or popup reminders. If this is a feature you deem important, consider Bitdefender Total Security, which includes a game mode.
Trend Micro does include tools to keep you safe on social media sites by continually checking the privacy of your network. It also has a password manager to hide your username and password when you log into sites so they can’t be captured by keyloggers.
Trend Micro is a great tool for protecting all your Mac devices, including smartphones. It helps block dangerous and inappropriate content from children and masks your online identity so cookies and other internet trackers can’t trace or follow your online activity.