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Mac Security

 

One of the Great Things about Apple Mac Computers

Mac Security is legendary. Stable, safe and secure.

It was easy, and kinda fun, to throw that into the face of the diehard PC lemmings. Coming from a PC, I am used to dealing with malware, spyware, viruses and other plagues associated with the PC world. So, I never felt secure surfing the web without Mac security protection.

It felt foreign. What if I catch something? Fellow Mac enthusiasts quickly assured me that "those things only happen to PC's."


Mac Virus

Somewhat consoled, I still had a sinking feeling that this was not true. It was just a matter of time before someone tried to exploit the Mac OS. When iBotNet appeared in April 2009, many people proclaimed it as the first Mac virus.

Unfortunately, this is not true.


If You Build It, They Will Come

But, why would anyone bother to write a virus that targets the Mac?

According to a recent Gartner study, only 7.4% of computer users are a Mac. Not tempting enough to distract prolific virus writers from creating evil Windoze code. Especially since PCs are so conducive to viruses. Imagine having to learn how to properly code a virus within the confines of the Mac interface. Only to ruin the day for a mere 7% of users.

The author of a Mac virus discovered in November 2006 even commented on the difficulty. In his code! That's what I will tell my fellow PC afficionados. You have to be much smarter to write a Mac virus.


So, How Do I Protect my Mac from Those Eggheads?

For proper Mac security, you really should run a Mac antivirus program. In early December 2008, Apple conceded the point. They removed the article from their knowledgebase which stated that no antivirus was necessary. Just be careful to choose one that doesn't hog all of your resources.

The last thing you want is for your Mac to run like a PC. While you're at it, you may as well look into anti spyware for Mac and anti spam for mac as well. And firewall for Mac.

There are bound to be more quick-wits with way too much time on their hands.

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