Macs don’t require any extra protective measures. Or do they?
There’s no doubt that security issue is a frequently-debated topic among the Apple-related community. And here’s the typical scenario. Plenty of Mac fans will tell you that Apple computers are inherently secure and don't require protection. But is it based more on a brand promise than reality? We'd rather argue that statement and make no apologies for saying — they are a bit misguided.
This is not quite what you want to hear, we realize. But the truth is: every computer is vulnerable to raiders in one way or another. Hackers are haphazardly smart and can eventually find a path into any computer, given enough time, no matter how secure the machine is.
Don’t get us wrong, Apple’s got reputation for being shielded and well-protected company for a number of reasons. Macs are more secure — or less insecure at least — than their Windows vis–à–vis. On the technical side, OS X is a Unix-based operating system. That means — it’s sandboxed. Even if malware gains access to your Mac, it is unable to spread to the heart of the machine. Macs are not unhackable, but they are more difficult to manipulate than Windows PCs for sure. Nevertheless, history remembers some heartbreaking stories.
In 2012, there was the Flashback Trojan that infected 600,000 Macs. In 2013, a targeted attack hit OS X developers at Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Apple itself. In 2015, the XcodeGhost attack poisoned hundreds of OS X and iOS apps. In early 2016, the first known piece of encrypting ransomware for Macs appeared. Finally, the most recent issue took place in September this year — the assault package called “Pegasus” — this Mac OS X malware jailbreaks and installs a suite of monitoring software onto a victim’s device.
Ransomware — a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.It has been fixed though. But anyway, Apple doesn’t have a good reputation for transparency about security updates. This can leave many users simply unaware of the updates and even unconcerned with their own security.
So it is definitely worth staying wise regarding potential threats and making sure that you’re well-armed and damn ready to face them. Here’s the good news — we’ve prepared some tips and tricks to help you. Let’s go!
1 Step: Stay up to date
Keeping your Mac up-to-date with the latest software is never a bad idea, and it’s particularly useful if you’re concerned about malware. Apple has always been keen to pinpoint potential threats, often issuing incremental updates that address system vulnerabilities as quickly as possible. Assuming you’ve opted for automatic updates, install them as their notifications arise, or manual install the updates from within the Updates panel located on the right-hand side when viewing the main App Store window.
All Mac users are highly recommended to download the security patch updates via the Mac App Store as they arise.