Mac Viruses

Apple’s recent ads talk about how there are no viruses written for Mac. That statement is not entirely true. Viruses are released for Mac. in 2005, 143 viruses targeted Macintosh computers. Compare this with the 150,000 written for PCs and it does not sound bad, but the statement is still incorrect.
The very fact that Mac users feel they are immune to viruses is something that will cause problems.  Cyber criminals will exploit this feeling and Mac users will never know they have been compromised.  Just because there are few viruses does not mean that you are safe.
By the way, if you want to view the new Macintosh ads, go here.


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Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

2 Comments

  1. It is funny how so many Apple fans will bring up the fact that Mac is free from viruses. It’s almost like a selling point for the company, the issue I have is that you just pointed out that viruses ARE written for Mac. Deceiving as always.

    1. That was a fine argument until they became popular enough to be a target for attackers. Imagine a classroom where every kid is complaining that they are being picked on and someone in the back says “I’ve never been picked on”. Who do you think will be next?

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