Do Apple products get viruses?
For many years, Apple touted its Mac operating system as more or less invulnerable to viruses, implying that in contrast, Windows computers were riddled with security flaws which would enable viruses and bugs to gain access quickly and easily. Sadly, it’s not entirely true.
Sure, there are probably fewer viruses out there targeting Mac computers but that’s in part thanks to the relatively small number of traditional Apple computers and laptops – while they’re popular, they’re also expensive and for now at least, Windows still reigns supreme amongst average computer users.
In 2012, Apple changed some wording on its website which was titled: “It doesn’t get PC Viruses.” Prior to the change, the wording read: “A Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers. That’s thanks to built-in defences in Mac OS X that keep you safe, without any work on your part.”
After changes were made, the section title was altered to: “It’s built to be safe.” And the wording to: “Built-in defences in OS X keep you safe from unknowingly downloading malicious software on your Mac.”
Although it might not seem like a big change, the fact that Apple altered the wording to be less absolute speaks volumes; the number of viruses for the Mac operating systems has only grown in the last few years as they have gained a greater market share.
Some experts have suggested that the issue of viruses and malware on Apple computers may be under-reported simply because so few users of the system use anti-virus software. Whether you’re a personal user or a small business, it’s crucial to get some installed and keep your machines and data safe – because Macs are vulnerable, whatever else you’ve been told!
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