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Can My Mac Be Infected with a Virus?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Apr 16, 2018 7:16:00 PM
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Many people are passionate about their Apple products for many good reasons. Apple’s user-friendly devices integrate easily and offer simple solutions to many consumers’ professional and personal needs. It’s a common misconception, however, that Macs are virus-proof. Although Macs are less likely to become infected with malware, spyware, or viruses, they are not immune.

 

Are Macs more difficult to infect than Windows-based PCs?

If you’ve used a Mac, you know that they don’t offer as much flexibility or autonomy as Windows-based PCs, which is a big reason they are less vulnerable to attack. Mac’s operating system (OS) prevents users from installing non-approved applications and programs—one of the most common causes of infection. The OS also incorporates safeguards that prevent any infiltrating code from spreading rapidly through your machine and causing damage. Its built-in malware detection and file quarantine capabilities make it less likely that you’ll download and run malicious software even if it initially reaches your machine. Mac’s official updates and patches provide significant protection since the company regularly and routinely provides updates that counteract common malware and system vulnerabilities. Taken all together, this means that Macs are more resistant to viruses and less prone to system-ravaging damage when they do become infected. 

The Dymin techs service between 100–150 Windows computers a month for reasons relating to malware but only 1–3 Mac computers! The severity of the infections and resulting repair work needed on Macs are also typically much less.

However, Mac’s OS isn’t impenetrable. Like every other operating system, it has vulnerabilities. One of the most likely reasons that Macs get fewer viruses is that hackers and other malware-creating criminals simply don’t create as many malicious programs for the Mac OS. This is because it has a much smaller market share than Windows-based devices.

 

Should I still consider antivirus software for my Mac?

The bottom line is yes, you should consider installing antivirus software on your Mac. Although it’s less likely that your Mac will be infected with malicious software or spyware, it is still possible, and this can cause more than just a headache. Malware, spyware, and viruses can compromise your security, cause data loss, and irreparably damage your system. Even if your system successfully fends off any attack, you may pass along a hidden virus on your Mac to Windows-based computers on your home network or through the cloud.

Because of these potential dangers, the best solution is to take simple steps to improve your computer’s security. Installing an antivirus software for your Mac and keeping it up to date can give you peace of mind at a very low cost. Above all, just like on a Windows-based PC, the most important thing to do to protect yourself and your computer is to exercise safe browsing habits on the internet.

 

All-in-One Computer Solutions

More and more households and businesses involve Macs and PCs working together. It’s absolutely crucial to have up-to-date antivirus/antimalware software on all PCs, and installing system-wide solutions is a practical, safe, and efficient way to improve overall system security. In addition to antivirus protection, a comprehensive, automated backup solution can help to ensure that your data stays safe and protected from system failures and other potential threats. Windows and Mac computers are equally likely to experience hard drive failures and data loss, which is thought to affect between 2 and 13% of hard drives every year!

 

Dymin’s professional computer techs can help you put a comprehensive data security, protection, and backup plan in place for your home or business computers. We can help find and remove any threats from your system and prevent problems from occurring in the future. Contact us online, visit our repair services and computer sales showroom in Urbandale, Iowa, or call us at (800) 811-3661.

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