While the most common headlines regarding viruses and malware may be about Windows devices, there are still many dangers lurking out there for Mac users. Here’s what you need to know about viruses on Macs – and how to protect against them!
Attacks are on the rise
Malicious hackers and scammers are always looking for their next victim – and they certainly don’t discriminate according to the device you use. If your Mac isn’t properly protected, you are just as at risk of having your personal information or sensitive data stolen as a Windows user.
The bad news is that attacks against Macs are on the rise. In fact, there was a whopping 400% increase of Mac threats from 2018 to 2019, according to a report from Malwarebytes Labs.
The good news is that you can protect your devices from viruses or worse by taking the proper precautions.
Common Mac attacks
The threat landscape is always changing, which means you need to stay vigilant by having the latest anti-virus updates installed on your Mac. In 2020, there a number of new viruses infecting Mac devices, including threats like GravityRAT, XCSSET malware, cryptocurrency mining viruses, and even a Zoom virus that turned on Mac webcams without the user’s permission.
Taken at face value these attacks are alarming, however it’s important to remember that if you are securing your devices by keeping your anti-virus software updated, and ensuring you know the tell-tale signs of phishing attacks and other scams, you are in the best possible position to protect your Mac. You can even further bolster your device’s security by using the cloud.
The best way to fight Mac viruses? Prevention
Whether it’s for work or personal use, anti-virus software can safeguard your device from online dangers and attacks. It’s easy to download and keep updated, and it will protect you against the most common threats.
You can also take things to the next level by investing in cloud-based anti-virus protection. This would mean that all your devices – both desktop and mobile – are managed by a cloud SaaS expert 24/7. There are no servers to install, no maintenance on your end and you’ll get the very best in anti-malware and data protection.
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