“You don’t buy an Apple product; you invest in it.”
Mr. Jobs said this many years ago with great confidence.
He had the vision to serve people the next gen products - iPhones, Macs, iPods.
He had power and therefore, he fulfilled his dream.
... with great Power comes great Responsibility.
The responsibility of giving the people products that can be kept away from Malware.
He did this task quite efficiently.
The Mac is considered to be safe and secure. And there are a number of reasons why Macs are said to be more secure than PCs.
Why Mac Computers are Safe?
If you’ve got an iMac, Macbook, Mac Pro or Mac Mini, you may be thinking that you need to install an antivirus program to keep you safe and secure from the large range of threats you keep hearing about in the media.
But then again, you also must have heard that...
...the virus only affects Windows systems.
So what is the reality?
The aforesaid question is not a new one.
Plenty of Mac aficionados believe that Apple computers are inherently secure and don’t require protection.
To some extent, they’re not wrong.
...I’d argue that though there are much lower chances of this fruit getting eaten by virus, still sometimes a protection can come handy.
Today, with the advent of technology, Windows is also becoming highly secure against viruses.
Most of the world is Windows user, and only about 20-30 percent of the globe uses Macs.
So that is quite obvious that the Windows makers will give their attention to have the maximum security in their devices.
Let's return to our question.
Why is the security not required?
Mac comes with built-in “file quarantine and known malware checking” abilities that do a pretty good job at reducing the risk associated with downloading and running leering codes.
The most common misconception is that the hackers go after big shoals of fish in the pond, i.e., Windows.
But on the contrary, Mac operating system is based on Unix that is sandboxed by its nature.
Apple has been criticized at various platforms for being slow to deal with threats and shut vulnerabilities down.
Virus namely, Rootpipe was discovered in October 2014, but the fix only came out in April 2015.
Apple’s big rival may have a bad reputation, but it has taken decisive action to tackle that perception.
Do I really need the security?
If you ask yourself this question, then let me tell you that it depends entirely on how you use it.
For many of us who rely on the Mac App Store and Gatekeeper security, an extra security app isn't especially necessary.
But if you download software off the Internet without knowing where it's coming from, or if you start seeing your web browser or other software working in ways you don't anticipate, like opening up strange websites, Mac security software can give you peace of mind you won't have otherwise.
The trap that many Mac users fall into believing is that because there are currently no known viruses targeting the Mac, it's safe from attack.
In reality, the Mac OS, its included applications, and third-party applications have and will continue to have security issues that can allow some form of attack; it's just that the attack isn't likely to be from a virus.
How to get protected from Malware?
If you’re concerned, and you want some peace of mind, it’s easy enough to take action.
Anti-virus programs don't just provide protection against known viruses; they also include anti-phishing, anti-adware, anti-spyware, and other tools that can keep your Mac from picking up debris as you browse the web, open email attachments, or download apps, extensions, and other items that could be bearers of malware.
BitDefender is one of many commercial anti-virus software packages that works on the Mac that detects and eliminates malware when it finds it.
You can get protection for your Mac even without spending money.
The free app ClamXav (which encourages you to donate if you find it useful) can also eliminate malware and adware on your Mac.
- Keep your operating system and your applications up to date. Always install the latest security patches.
- Run an antivirus product or a security suite. Avast, Avira, Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Symantec all scored a 100 percent detection rate.
- Use common sense and be suspicious. If something looks too good to be true, then it probably is.
Forewarned is forearmed, as the saying goes. The more precautions you take and the better security practices you engage in, the fewer problems you're likely to have.
Practice all the above and you should never have to worry about any threat disrupting your enjoyment using Mac.
Lastly, you should realize that malware threats against any computing platform, including the Mac, could dynamically change from day to day.
So while I don’t see a need for an active anti-malware app for my Mac today, tomorrow may be another story.