Are Mac computers vulnerable to viruses and malware?

The belief that you do not have to worry about viruses or malware with your Mac is still surprisingly popular. Many people believe that the Mac can not catch the virus, but is it true? Are there any viruses for Mac computers? According to Bogdan Botezatu, the Senior Electronic Threat Analyst Bitdefender:

"The answer is definitely yes. There have been isolated incidents and more will appear. "

A few years ago, some malicious software was able to exploit a vulnerability in Java, which allowed to infect 600,000 Mac devices, which was only 1% of the user base. Since then, there have been other problems, such as KitM.A, a backdoor application for OS X systems that allowed users to take screenshots of the users desktop and a Rootpipe exploit, which proved to be a very difficult deletion. Bogdan Botezatu also explains:

"OS X software has more security holes from certain perspectives than all Windows systems put together. Apple advertises its products as virus-free. They ensure that we do not need an anti-virus because they know that people hate antivirus software. Software of this type most often slow down computers, so you do not want to install them. "

Apple has been repeatedly criticized for its slow approach to the issue of repairs in security gaps. Rootpipe was detected in October 2014, the patch was released only recently (April 2015) and applies only to Yosemite (!), Not securing the older version of OS X software. Applications can be drawn by ourselves. The senior Bitdefender analyst also says that:

"Microsoft was at the forefront of infection long enough for people to put pressure on them to make concrete steps to change. The time of repair related to threats is now much shorter and we are encouraged to use third-party security software, which is also a very valuable recommendation from the manufacturer. "" Modern threats run silently, allowing them to stay hidden longer, the latest versions of Mac OS X and Windows are not slowed down by them, except for the Bitcoins' stealing programs. "

The AV-Test Institute, speaking on the subject of malicious software threats, admitted:

"This year alone, we detected and registered over 48 million unique malware samples, and about 98% were written for Windows platforms."

More than 5,000 new viruses have been created on the Mac OS X itself, which proves that these types of threats exist. Why is there a prevalence of threats to Windows?

It is still more profitable to attack Windows machines than the Mac, the same with the logic of attacking Android instead of iOS. Malicious software works more efficiently on Windows and Android systems and it benefits the criminals. In a word, these platforms are more profitable for criminals who write malware, and in almost every case it's all about money. How to protect yourself against threats? If you are afraid of threats and would like to be sure that your system is safe, here are some tips from Bitdefender specialists:

  • Keep your operating system and any applications updated. Always install the latest patches.
  • Install antivirus software or scan with another tool. According to tests carried out by AV-TEST, among others, Bitdefender is characterized by 100% effectiveness in detecting threats.
  • Use common sense and be suspicious. If something looks too good, it can not be true and it probably is. Apple has always mentioned that you can run additional antivirus software only for additional protection, but it has not been doing it for some time, so is this a cause for concern? Unfortunately, we will probably find out soon.

At the moment, we encourage you to install antivirus software. The Bitdefender software developer gives you the opportunity to test the software on a Mac system for 30 days.

source: Bitdefender

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