That’s right Mac evangelists… your computers get viruses too. I hear from people over and over again about how their computer is safer because it’s a Mac. It doesn’t need virus protection because it’s a Mac. Windows computers are so easy to infect, but Macs can’t get viruses. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Recently some 600,000 Macs were infected with a form of a virus designed to silently steal your personal information. The specifics of how it works aren’t relevant to this post (but you can read all about it by clicking here to visit CNET). My point is this: just because you have a Mac, you aren’t safe. Macs haven’t gotten viruses because not enough people used Macs to bother writing a virus to infect one. As the numbers have climbed steadily from below 10% to just under 20% of market share, the platform has gotten the attention of people creating these viruses. And as we’ve seen, if they want to infect a computer they don’t have any more trouble with a Mac than with a Windows computer.
So what should you do if you own a Mac? The same thing you should do with your Windows computer: get good virus protection in place, keep it updated, and regularly run scans just to be safe.