For anyone who uses a Mac always have this question, do Mac get attacked by viruses and malware? And if so, how do I protect my Mac from it? Here, I’m going to show how to protect your Mac from viruses and malware.
Do my Mac get attacked by viruses and malware?
Yes, Mac does get attacked by viruses and malware and there is a lot of attacks. Nothing is perfect in this World, almost everything (that could connect to the Internet) can be hackable. It is about how bad the attack are and how quickly can do to fix the security issue.
Mac are still more secured than Windows
C’mon, let’s not hide the fact that Mac are still more secured than Windows. Mac operating system (macos) are Unix-based and Unix already has tons of security features built-in. Plus, Apple have tons of security measures built-in and that include Gatekeeper which further help you to protect your Mac from viruses and malware by blocking any software that are not digitally signed and approved by Apple. If you try to open the affected software, it will display a error message that will stop you from opening. But if you trust the software and wish to open it, right-click on the software and click on Open.
Also, Apple included a “antivirus” program into macos called XProtect. It contain a list of applications that is considered “malicious applications”. Once you download a software from the Internet and open it, XProtect will check the application and make sure it is not from the list of “malicious applications”. If the software is from the list of “malicious applications, it will not open and will prompt you that the software will damage your computer.
There is zero-configuration to XProtect and it is enabled by default. To learn more, How-To Geek will explain it to you in detailed: howtogeek.com.
Have you ever go to a website that require Adobe Flash, Java and etc. and it won’t run because it is outdated? Yep, that is another way that Apple has included to further make sure your Mac is safe from viruses and malware.
Talking about Adobe Flash, for those who still have it installed on your computer should consider uninstalling it for good. No matter you are on Windows or Mac, you should get Adobe Flash uninstalled due to tons and tons of security issues.
Do NOT click or open any links or install any software blindly
Honestly, I feel that this is just a user problem. An average user without any tech knowledge, will just open a malicious link from an email he/she receive, install a software when system told them to, click here and there and etc. Though big companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and etc. have taken a tons of security measures to ensure you won’t receive any malicious email but somehow they will just end up in your inbox (told you, nothing is perfect). You should also do your own part to make sure you don’t anyhow install software, click on malicious link and etc.
Keep all of your devices up-to-date, always
It doesn’t matter it is a Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and so on, just keep all of your devices up-to-date. Companies releases software updates mostly is to fix security issues and also implement more security measures. Always make sure you update to the latest version. I know, most of you will not update to the latest version because mostly, it is about the new features you don’t like or the new interface you don’t like. Well then, choose between security and interfaces/features. Good luck.
MacKeeper, is it real or fake antivirus program?
There is tons of articles will tell you not to install MacKeeper because it fake. In my own observation, it is true that it is a fake antivirus. I had encounter a lot of users that have MacKeeper installed had their computer slowed down (performance affected), more and more ads has been popup out of no where and etc. Keep away from MacKeeper, it won’t bring you any good.
One good example of a fake antivirus which Apple has blocked is called MacDefender that is affected all Mac OS X v10.6 or earlier (support.apple.com). Apple was quick enough to fix the security issue by issuing a Security Update 2011-003 (support.apple.com).
So should I install antivirus on my Mac?
It is not compulsory that you have to install an antivirus on your Mac but if you really want to ensure your Mac is very secured, then you should. There is tons of antivirus programs out there in the market.
This is all I have for you, the basic guide to ensure you keep your mac safe from viruses and malware. Remember to always keep your devices up-to-date, stop clicking/opening any links from your email and stop installing software that you do not know.
For the most complete ultimate guide to secure your Mac, visit Macworld.