Internet Security Barrier X5 Antispam Edition DP
Company: Intego

Price: $99.95
http://www.intego.com/isbDP/

I recently dropped by my local Apple Store in search of an anti-virus package that had a few additional features, including blocking certain IP addresses from “getting into” my computer. The salesman told me that I didn’t need an anti-virus program because Macs are so safe and virtually invulnerable from attack.

Such attitudes, in my humble opinion, are arrogant and misdirected. It seems like every week or two a new virus or exploit emerges, aimed at Mac users. Fortunately, nearly every virus or malware release has required the user to do several stupid things in sequence:

1. You almost always have to be running with administrator privileges.
2. You almost always have to click a button on the screen begging you to install this software.

I realize this is hardly anything compared to the poor Windows users whose computers can be attacked even as the operating system is being installed for the first time!

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Intego Internet Security Barrier X4 Antispam Edition DP
Company: Intego

Price: $99.95 (US)
http://www.intego.com

When John Nemo asked me to review this product, I wound up having to buy a copy of Parallels for my Intel Core Duo Mac mini. I had put it off for a while, but in hindsight, I’m glad I did it. As I reported previously, the Parallels and Windows XP Pro installations went extremely smoothly, as did all the zillions of Windows security patches that had to be installed.

First, a little about the products. Intego, a friend of the Macintosh community for a number of years (my employer had literally thousands of copies of their old product DiskGuard installed on our Macintoshes–until our Macs went away…), revamped their product line and rather brilliantly put together a package of their products to support the growing number of Intel Mac users who were experimenting (and productively using) products like BootCamp, Parallels, and VMWare’s “Fusion”, which permit Macs to run alternative operating systems like Windows and Linux, among others. Intego’s Internet Security Barrier X4 Antispam Edition DP product was specifically designed to support Mac users who also run the Windows OS on their computers, by bundling their key products for both platforms into one inexpensive package.

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Intego VirusBarrier X4
Review

On March 27, 2006, in Macintosh, Review, by Russ Walkowich


 

VirusBarrier X4
Company: Intego

Price: $69.95 US

http://www.intego.com/home.asp

Worms, trojans, malicious code and viruses, oh my! In the midst of the turmoil of the past several weeks, here I sat with VirusBarrier X4 running on my system, an upgrade to Intego’s previous version.

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NetBarrier X3
Review

On October 14, 2004, in Macintosh, Review, by Russ Walkowich

NetBarrier X3 v.10.3.4
Company: Intego
Price: $59.95 US
http://www.intego.com/home.asp

In June of this year, cable access finally reached my area. Not that it hadn’t been available before, just that all the constant problems, outages and the upgrade to fiber had finally been taken care of. With the process completed, and after checking around with others in the area, the determination was finally made to switch from a 56k modem to cable broadband.

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Personal Backup X
Review

On February 10, 2003, in Macintosh, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Personal Backup X
OS X Compatible

Company: Intego
Price: $59.95
http://www.intego.com

I have been using Personal Backup since version 1.2.1 back in 1998 when it was under the auspices of another software company with OS 8.6, 9 and 9.1. When they transferred Personal Backup over to Intego, I looked forward to using the version that was being developed for OS X.

When I finally upgraded to OS X, it was about the same time that Intego finally released Personal Backup for OS X. So when I arranged to review Backup, I was familiar with it and its operation. When I set up Personal Backup (v10.0.2), I was impressed with the look that Intego had given it for OS X and the drag and drop capability that was now in the program.

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Nemo’s first personal demonstration following Tuesday’s keynote address was by Serge Kamen of Intego. Their suite of security and backup applications is impressive and very affordable. Serge was calm in spite of chaos surging all around us. He walked me through major features and attractive interface in each component program. Intego appears to be attacking Symantec with full frontal assault. It will be a pleasure to audition such innovative new products.

Nemo rating: VERY FAVORABLE

Prosoft Engineering held an official press conference in quiet room 270, which felt a thousand miles from the Expo floor. Greg Brewer explained (and Nemo agrees wholeheartedly) that YOUR DATA IS CRUCIAL, much more so than computer hardware or software. Prosoft introduces Data Rescue, Data Recycler, and Data Backup, giving competition to Dantz, Symantec, and other utility developers.

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