SecureMac Releases MacScan 3.2 Anti-Malware Security & Privacy Suite for MacOS

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SecureMac CEO Nicholas Raba remarked, “As the majority of Mac users are using Safari as their primary browser, MacScan 3.2 will fill a significant gap in their ability to protect themselves from unwanted tracking.”

SecureMac has announced the latest version of their flagship macOS security app: MacScan 3.2. Company officials say that this release will deliver an important privacy improvement for the Safari browser, as well as providing users with some significant UI/UX enhancements.

The most notable change in MacScan 3.2 is that it now supports Full Disk Access in macOS 10.14 (Mojave), allowing users to clean Safari items using the app’s Internet Clutter Cleanup functionality. This should come as welcome news to the many Mojave users concerned about privacy issues caused by tracking cookies in Safari.

As SecureMac CEO Nicholas Raba remarked, “As the majority of Mac users are using Safari as their primary browser, MacScan 3.2 will fill a significant gap in their ability to protect themselves from unwanted tracking. By providing a fast and easy way to scan for privacy threats in Safari, MacScan will allow users to protect their privacy or even blacklist certain tracking cookies if they choose.”

The update comes as Apple itself is moving to take action on privacy issues in Safari. A new privacy standard for the browser, called “Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution”, was announced several weeks ago on the WebKit blog. Though still in beta, the end goal of PPACA is to prevent advertisers from tracking and collecting excessive data on users who click on online ads. However, the proposed standard is not expected to go live until the end of 2019. In the meantime, Safari users will likely continue to rely on apps like MacScan to protect their privacy.

In addition to addressing privacy issues in Safari, MacScan 3.2 also brings some UI/UX improvements, as well as a minor bug fix that will ensure scan logs display properly in all versions of macOS.

Lead Developer Nicholas Ptacek summed up the development process underlying the changes this way: “Computer security has traditionally been viewed as something complicated and scary, so one of our goals with MacScan 3 has been to make the process of securing your Mac as easy as possible for computer users of any skill level. To that end, we’ve worked hard to provide an intuitive user interface so that our customers can spend less time worrying about security and more time getting things done on their Macs.”

Because MacScan automatically checks for updates, licensed users of MacScan 3.1 will see the version 3.2 update when they launch the program. In addition, a DMG download of the latest version of the app will be made available on the SecureMac website.

As for the road ahead, SecureMac says they plan to continue working on updates and support for MacScan to make sure it’s ready for the Fall 2019 release of macOS 10.15 (Catalina), announced by Apple at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference