Do Macs Get Viruses?

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Question: Do Macs Get Viruses?

The simple answer to this question is yes. Macs do get viruses. Your Mac won’t be immune to viruses, Trojans, adware or spyware. Saying this however there are no known viruses targeting Macs at the moment and they are less likely to be targeted when compared to a PC.

There are two popular reasons given for why this is the case. The first says that because PC’s make up a bigger share of the global PC market, hackers are more inclined to go after the bigger fish. The second argument is the Windows is easier to hack than OS X. OS X is a Unix-based operating system. It is more secure because it has in-built fire doors that protect access to your entire Mac if one part is targeted by malware. Just like a burglar who will target a house without an alarm before targeting one that does, a Mac makes a less attractive target.


How do I protect my Mac from a virus?

Do Macs get viruses? Yes they can, however it is unlikely and more probable that an attack will come in the form of a Trojan horse or adware. An anti-virus program will protect you against viruses but more importantly against phishing, adware, spyware and other malware.

The trouble with an anti-virus program is that they are mainly Windows-based and do not convert well over to Macs. They may do little more than protect you against Windows-based malware. Although they could be a good idea to protect your Window using friends or colleagues when sending documents over email for example.


There are also some practical steps you can take to protect the security of your Mac. Only downloading software you trust is one such step. Using the Mac App Store as well as Gatekeeper security settings will give you greater peace of mind. Gatekeeper security allows you to configure settings that mean your Mac will only trust software from Apple developers.

You increase your Macs security risk when you start downloading software from the internet without knowing where it’s coming from or opening unsecure websites.

The answer to the question do Macs get viruses is yes, but being security conscience is your best bet to protect the security of your Mac.

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