It's a common misconception that Macs are immune to viruses and malware. While they are more secure than PCs, they are still vulnerable to threats. Macs have robust built-in protections, but they may not offer all the protection you need, especially when it comes to online identity theft and the latest malware threats. In this article, we'll discuss why people think Macs don't get viruses, what threats exist, and how to protect your Mac from malicious software.Let's start by looking at why people think Macs don't get viruses.
By design, the Mac operating system is more secure against the threat of viruses and malware. However, there are still many ways for malware to get inside. Therefore, Macs can contract viruses and are subject to threats just like any other computer. It's easy to underestimate the risk of viruses on Macs, but they can range from annoying pop-up ads to file retention for ransom. Fortunately, you can easily get rid of them with Clario's all-in-one device security solution. In addition to backing up your data, make sure that your Mac is password-protected, stored in a safe place, and configured with Find My Mac.
All Macs in the M1, M2 series and Macs with a T2 chip have an activation lock feature that allows you to remotely lock your Mac. Some malicious programs for Mac make your Mac part of a botnet, which is a global network of computers that are used for all kinds of things. The main problem here is that, while apps sold on the Mac App Store have to be in an isolated environment, other Mac apps don't.While your Mac has several security features that try to keep it safe from malicious software (or limit damage if an infection occurs), they're not infallible. Keep in mind that there have been cases of malware disguised as an antivirus application. More recently, Mac Auto Fixer pop-ups appeared suggesting that the software needed to be installed (at a high price).To protect your Mac from malicious software, consider adding a dedicated security package such as Intego Mac Internet Security.
This will help you stay safe from the latest malware threats and reduce the number of cases of Mac malware disguised as Flash Player that reach the Mac. In conclusion, while it's true that Macs are more secure than PCs, they're still vulnerable to viruses and always have been. Apple has put in place measures at the operating system level that should protect Mac users from the worst malware threats. However, it's important to take additional steps such as backing up your data, password-protecting your device, and adding a dedicated security package.