The other day, some people told me that you did not need anti-virus software
in Apple computers, as they cannot be attacked. Is this true?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #97 I look at the old argument that Apple and Macs don’t get
viruses attacks because they are better machines.
Apple computer viruses
No. Unfortunately, Apple computers can, in fact, be attacked. And, they have been attacked.
Now, the issue is (and a lot of Mac people really don’t like to hear this) but the fact is that Apple computers can be attacked by malware.
The reason that they’re not is, of course, Microsoft operating systems are significantly more popular – and as a result, present a significantly bigger opportunity for malware authors to attack.
Is Apple better?
I don’t want to go into which is better in terms of quality or not. Even if you just take a look at the market share you understand why malware writers go after the bigger target.
In recent months, within the last year, malware has definitely appeared on the Mac and, in fact, Apple had to go so far as to remove a claim of not getting viruses from their online advertising because Macs did get attacked.
Virus and malware protection for Macs
Now, do you need to run anti-malware software on a Mac?
You know, I don’t know, to be honest. I don’t… but that’s because I kind of sort of know what not to do. I don’t go visiting random strange sites; I don’t accept things that shouldn’t’ be accepted as downloads on this machine.
However, there is anti-malware software now available for the Mac.
I strongly encourage you to make sure that your Mac software is always as up to date as possible.
But ultimately, please do not let this fallacy of Macs being impervious to malware give you a false sense of security. You still need to take care – even if it’s only to pay attention to what you’re doing.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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