When it comes to security, Macs aren’t invulnerable. Sure, Windows is easier to hack, but there’s still money to be made targeting macOS. Antivirus protection for your Mac is a must. More than just an antivirus, Avast One for Mac includes integrated VPN protection, protection against browser fingerprinting, data breach monitoring, and more. Depending on your needs, it can be a worthwhile upgrade from the free Avast One Essential for Mac.
A New Security Product Line
The Avast One product line releases initially in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. All of Avast’s existing products remain available for download or purchase. However, the Avast One product line is clearly the wave of the future, and it’s definitely more feature-rich than Avast Premium Security for Mac.
There’s no visible connection between the release of this new product line and the pending merger of Avast with NortonLifeLock. Do note that once that merger is complete, Norton will own Avast, Avira, AVG, and BullGuard.
How Much Does Avast One Cost?
Quite a few Mac antivirus products, like their Windows cousins, cost just under $40 per year. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, Trend Micro, and Webroot are examples. You pay $59.99 for Kaspersky, Sophos, or McAfee, but that price gets you three, 10, and unlimited licenses respectively. At first glance, Avast One’s price of $99.99 per year for five licenses might seem expensive.
Note, though, that Clario and Intego charge the same for just three licenses. Avast One isn’t just an antivirus. Your subscription gets you a broad range of protection including five no-limits VPN licenses. With Norton, which costs $5 more, you also get five full VPN licenses, as well as 50GB of storage for your (Windows) backups. Avast One’s pricing is in line with comparable products.
To install Avast One you’ll need a Mac running macOS 10.13 (High Sierra). Most Mac owners keep the OS up to date, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Others need an even newer OS version. Kaspersky wants 10.14 (Mojave), and Avira requires 10.15 (Catalina). At the other end of the spectrum, a few antivirus tools still support ancient macOS versions for those who can’t (or won’t) upgrade. Intego works…