Apple customers, particularly Mac users, are normally adamant about the fact that their computers don’t need protection from viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, or other threats that impact Windows PCs on a day-in-and-day-out basis. Is it true, or a myth? The truth is that while the general threat level is far lower on a Mac than a PC, the OS-X operating system is not immune.
Apple has been a target of lesser opportunity only because criminals invest their time, money and resources where the return will be greatest. That has historically targeted PCs almost exclusively, due to their market share. As the installed base of Macs continues to grow, so does the appearance of threats. How quickly?
A recent blog post on the Official Security Blog site of Malwarebytes states: “The popularity of Macs leads to more cybercriminals wanting to write malicious code for OS X. Although still much lower than PCs, the number of threats targeting Apple operating systems has grown steadily, with a spike in Mac infections observed over the last 18 months. A recent study by Bit9 + Carbon Black found that the number of Mac OS X malware samples detected in 2015 was five times greater than in the previous five years combined.”
If you are not deploying security software on your Apple device, now would be the time to do so. Don’t wait to be a victim of something like the Ransomware KeRanger , which was downloaded by around 6,500 people within the 12-hour period that it was available. Some of those users had their data completely destroyed.