Apple Mac users have very valid reasons for preferring this type of computer to a Windows machine, but one area that they can no longer claim the high ground on is that their device is safe from attack.
The majority of viruses, and in particular malware, that have been circulating and evolving as technology attempts to keep up had been targeting Windows computers – and for the very “sensible” reason that there are a lot more people using these than Macs. Historically it just wasn’t as lucrative for hackers to target Macs as it was to write malicious code for Windows.
The headline news in February has shown that the old adage, "I use a Mac, I don’t need protection", is simply not true. A recent publication from the highly regarded cybersecurity software company Malwarebytes, entitled the 2020 State of Malware Report, has found that the amount of malware on Macs has surpassed that on PCs for the first time.
According to the report;
“…there was a 400% increase in threats on Mac devices from 2018 to 2019…. with an average of 11 threats per Mac devices, about twice the 5.8 average on Windows.”
Delving deeper into the report, you could be forgiven for criticising the headlines: the malware detected is classed as “less dangerous” than that prevalent among Windows machines, and whilst annoying may not bring your machine to a standstill. However, whether the current threats are problematic or not, it is only a matter of time before they do present a serious threat.
Here at Dolphin we are passionate about computer and internet security and have been advising all of our clients that they are better off safe than sorry. We have been reselling BullGuard Anti-Virus for almost a decade now and one of the benefits of this software solution is that it can be tailored to your needs – by which we mean in this instance, your Mac will be covered as well.
A regular question we pose is what do you have stored on your computer, and what would you do if you could not access it. Not taking precautions to safeguard your data, no matter what device that data appears on, will leave you vulnerable.
Protecting your computers, tablets and phones, and making sure that not only do you have backups for all but that those backups are actually working, is akin to having insurance. You hope you won’t ever need it, but it’s there to ensure that your data remains yours and yours alone. And yes, this does include protection for your Mac.