BitDefender, makers of security software for Windows computers, today announced the release of anti-virus software for Mac OS X users.

Similar to its Window's products, BitDefender Antivirus for Mac has been developed to secure Mac computer systems from viruses and other malware threats.

The company says that while Apple systems have traditionally remained sheltered from virus's and other forms of malware, hackers are increasingly creating threats to exploit the vulnerabilities in Mac OS X and popular Mac applications. Bitdefender claims there are currently more than 270 different know threats targeting Mac OS X operating systems.

"Although there are fewer threats targeted towards Mac users, it only takes one threat to lose sensitive information, valuable data or an identity." said Catalin Cosoi, BitDefender senior researcher.

For dual boot users, BitDefender also launching a bundle which provides protection for Mac Users running Windows or Mac OS X.

One year subscriptions for Antivirus for Mac and Antivirus for Mac and PC are $39.95 and $49.95 U.S. respectively.

Discuss the need for Anti-Virus software on OS X in Digital Home's Apple computing forum .