Mac Malware on the Rise

Newsflash: your Apple machine actually can become infected. Wait, what? You didn’t already know that? Seriously? I’ve been telling you for years that it’s possible. Other writers have attempted to educate you. Your Mac is not a steel wall against malware, people. It’s always been possible for an Apple computer to be infested with some type of malware – it just hasn’t happened very often.

Photo credit to Precise Security.

We can argue until we’re blue in the face about the reasons why we haven’t seen much malware aimed at the Mac. Apple lovers will of course tell you that it’s nearly impossible for their precious machines to fall prey to hackers and script kiddies. Security experts will teach you that the reason is as simple as a popularity contest. Until recently, Microsoft computers were much more prevalent. It didn’t pay to expend time and energy writing malicious code for a Mac. Windows was everywhere – malware was written for the masses.

Many of us have said repeatedly that as Apple gained in popularity among consumers, so would malware written specifically for the operating system. While it still obviously isn’t as much of an issue as it is on the Microsoft platform… it IS out there, and it is growing. A quick glance through the Apple forums will show you several new cases every day of people begging for help removing the latest threat: a Rogue software known as “Mac Defender.”

Apple fanboys and security researchers are going to argue for weeks. Many will tell you that you still have nothing to worry about and you don’t need to protect your Mac with any type of anti-malware/virus/spam software. They’ll try to convince you to continue feeling all warm and fuzzy. You’re supposed to keep believing that your machine isn’t susceptible unless you use it in a stupid way. After all, smart computer users could never get infected, right?

I’m here to tell you that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Weigh your options and take a good look at the possibility that something could happen. Isn’t your information worth protecting? Resign yourself to the fact that malware is indeed “out there” which could infect your Mac and educate yourself as to how to stay safe.

14 thoughts on “Mac Malware on the Rise”

  1.  I guess you can’t say anymore that Macs are better because of “NO VIRUS”. This day was going to come, popularity is what drives hackers to a certain platform and Mac OS without any doubt is rising at the cost of compromising the security that offers. It’s a pity that we have to watch our information left right and center just because of some prick that has nothing better to do than ruin other people’s computer. Anyway, I’m getting away from the point here, protect your device whether it’s a Mac or a PC, an iPhone or a Android phone. The bad guys are out there, be careful. 

  2.  I guess you can’t say anymore that Macs are better because of “NO VIRUS”. This day was going to come, popularity is what drives hackers to a certain platform and Mac OS without any doubt is rising at the cost of compromising the security that offers. It’s a pity that we have to watch our information left right and center just because of some prick that has nothing better to do than ruin other people’s computer. Anyway, I’m getting away from the point here, protect your device whether it’s a Mac or a PC, an iPhone or a Android phone. The bad guys are out there, be careful. 

  3. @twitter-148868879:disqus  Actually, he can. There’s still no viruses for Mac. There’s malware but no viruses.

    1. When I said you I wasn’t referring to him, It was referring to everybody who says it. Besides that, I guess you are right but trust me that day isn’t far. If there is a way to create a malware there is a way to create a virus. So yeah! 

    2. When I said you I wasn’t referring to him, It was referring to everybody who says it. Besides that, I guess you are right but trust me that day isn’t far. If there is a way to create a malware there is a way to create a virus. So yeah! 

  4. @twitter-148868879:disqus  Actually, he can. There’s still no viruses for Mac. There’s malware but no viruses.

  5. @twitter-148868879:disqus  Actually, he can. There’s still no viruses for Mac. There’s malware but no viruses.

  6. I am a reasonably careful user who has always kept my PCs security software up to date as well as the usual not opening exe files etc.  However, I am a recent MacBook Pro convert and have seen so much conflicting advice on whether to install security software on the Mac or not.  Any advice?

    1. Don’t install any of it. Use whatever comes with your Mac (firewall, FileVault) for security and data protection. Get your apps from the Mac App store or directly from publishers’ websites.

  7. I am a reasonably careful user who has always kept my PCs security software up to date as well as the usual not opening exe files etc.  However, I am a recent MacBook Pro convert and have seen so much conflicting advice on whether to install security software on the Mac or not.  Any advice?

  8. For poop sake, there are cross platform virus’s now. Get with the program mac users, u dont want to be the typhoid marry to all your friends. And the fact is, you will never know your mac is infected unless you install AV and scan it, and you can find many AV programs for free, so there’s no excuse.

  9.  The best protection from malware getting on to your Mac is education. The user has to enter an Administrator’s password in order to allow the software to install, unlike a lot of PC malware that just launches itself/attaches itself without the user’s consent on a PC.

    If Mac users want to run an AV product, I say go for it. I won’t, because I know better than to let a “Mac Defender” or the like piece of software run on my machine. And I tell every Mac user I know the same; run one if you want, but know you don’t have to if you’re smart about how you use your computer. 

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