THIS MONTH'S FAQ - DO MAC USERS NEED TO WORRY ABOUT VIRUSES?
Let's start with the big picture. Worldwide, about 90 percent of the
computer market is comprised of PC users with about 10 percent being Mac users. Cybercriminals are well aware of these statistics and tend to focus their virus efforts on the "bigger slice of the pie." So traditionally, Macs have been known to experience fewer viruses.
However, Mac security has been in the news again lately due to the
MacDefender malware and its variants. MacDefender masquerades as antivirus software, showing a webpage that looks like a virus
detection screen, and then prompting the user to complete the install
process. If completed, the malware will ask for credit card
information to eliminate nonexistent viruses.
Do Mac users need to worry about viruses? The short answer is yes.
No computer is completely immune from threats and Apple recommends that Mac users keep antivirus software updated and take precautions when downloading files, opening email attachments, etc. If you're in the 90 percent with a PC, you should be practicing these security measures as well.
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