There are many reasons why people choose Macs instead of other devices, and one of these reasons is security. It’s widely assumed by many Apple fans that Macs are safer than Windows PCs. Macs are also considered to be more stable and less prone to crashing. However, no device is perfect. It’s true that Mac has many advantages, but when it comes to malware, no device is ever truly safe.
With Mac computers accounting for nearly 10% of all PCs in use today and the popularity of the Apple iOS operating system for mobile devices, it’s no surprise they are becoming an increasingly popular target for crooks.
There are a lot of myths about Mac’s operating system. Since security is typically the number one concern for most computer users, we thought we’d give you a rundown of the five biggest myths you about Mac malware.
1. Mac Is Is A Secure OS
While viruses are a prime concern for most Windows users, most Mac users probably don’t even think about how to remove a virus from Mac because they believe its operating system (OS) is the most secure of all operating systems. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfectly secured OS. All operating systems have similar vulnerabilities.
Mac OS needs to get updated regularly in order to increase its protection against viruses and malicious software. (yep, just like Windows) Also, just like Windows, Apple does end support for some versions of its operating systems. Instead of a big announcement like the one for Windows XP, Apple is usually pretty quiet about discontinuing support.
2. Mac Is Not Targeted by Hackers
Many people believe that Windows is the favorite target of all hackers, and this is why many users choose to shift to Mac in order to get rid of hackers. Again, simply not true. Hackers look for vulnerabilities in all systems. There are more Windows attacks because there are more Windows users.
Cyber-criminals are also aware that Mac users think their devices are safer and may be less likely to have virus protection.
Tomorrow, in part 2 of this article, we’ll bust more Mac Malware Myths.
~ Emilee McKnight