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Mac Premium Bundle X8 by Intego Software

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.21.09 PMReview by: Gary Miller, AAUG Member

Software:  Mac Premium Bundle X8 Intego Software
Developer:  Intego Software
Price $69.99
Pro:  New package of 5 software titles that work together, new look/feel, comprehensive, there’s a free trail download
Con:  none
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Product Rating: 4/5 Excellent

Conflict of Interest:  a free copy of this software was provided for the review

The newly released and updated Mac Premium Bundle X8 by Intego Software really covers your Mac with 5 integrated pieces of software. Anti-Virus coverage, parental controls, network coverage protection, auto back up, optimization and organizing of your Mac, in short it does it all.

Virus Barrier X8: Let’s start with what many ask me about, virus scanning. No matter Macs are not on hackers big list so far, this software scans, let’s you know via email when it finds an issue, asks you when you download or access if it’s ok. It scan’s your Mac and if you have PC software, it covers that too. I set it up to scan regularly, and monitor and let me know if it finds anything, so far, nothing found. But I feel better knowing it’s scanning 24/7…

NetBarrier X8: This software tells you when someone is attempting to get on your network, you can block or accept, but you know.

Mac Washing Machine: This was my favorite component, for it scanned my hard drive, external drives, and let me know what junk was duplicates, or log in files I couldn’t find, delete the additional foreign language files that were installed by Apple freeing up space, great for my MacBook Air with limited hard drive space. It allowed me to organize files too, much better. I was amazed at all the clutter it id’d and suggested I delete and did!

Family Protector: Recently a friend asked me to make part of their new MacBook Pro off limits to their teen age son, I had no idea, so I called AppleCare, and they showed me how, but it was limiting in that he, the teenager was into rock climbing, and Apple’s settings wouldn’t allow him to access or search for sites he would have had no problems with, nor anyone, too restrictive. Family Protector is much more user friendly, let’s one set up what is accessed or used per each family member using the computer. much easier. you can set limits of time used for internet, monitor chat’s, block strangers.

Personal BackUp: Helps by making copies of files for easy access/recovery, do it manually or on a schedule. It can sync 2 Mac’s files if you like too, haven’t tried that yet. Also can create a bootable backup. Good idea.

In short, I found the software helpful, and covered a whole host of areas we often need to know we have coverage over. I have the scanning feature going all the time in the background for virus protection, the washing machine is great to make sure I don’t have files I don’t need freeing up space. Since my wife and I have no kids and we each have our own Mac’s, we aren’t using the Parental Controls piece. But still a good idea for those who do have kids in the house, or control over an extra mac left for anyone to use.

System Requirements:

Compatible with Mavericks.
Operating System Supported

Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9
Minimum Hardware Requirements

Mac® computer with Intel® Core 2 Duo processor
1.5 GB of available hard disk space
Internet connection required for NetUpdate security updates
Languages

English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

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