As we preach at Mac360, headlines do not necessarily a story make, and anything that says Mac malware is on the rise should recognize that’s a headline that arrived every year since the turn of the century. So, what’s the problem?
Lies vs. Damned Lies
Various and sundry companies track malware around the world, the publish their findings, and some profit from such data because they sell security software to help stop malware.
What is malware?
Malware (a portmanteau for malicious software) is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network.
Well, we all have computers– Mac, iPhone, iPad– and we no nefarious actors are out there trying to cause us harm. How is it done?
Malware does the damage after it is implanted or introduced in some way into a target’s computer and can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software
So viruses, worms, adware, and almost anything else we don’t want or need is malware, right?
The code is described as computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, and scareware, among other terms.
Suddenly, malware has become a rather broad umbrella term that, frankly, could cover advertising, too.
You know, like ads from Google, Facebook, Amazon and other nefarious actors who attempt to extract information from us without telling us what it is, what it will do, and how we can stop it.
Malware has a malicious intent, acting against the interest of the computer user—and so does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency, which is typically described as a software bug
Google ain’t a bug, folks.
The folks at WatchGuard issued their latest malware threat document, and, yes, the Mac shows up and malware has doubled.
From what? Dennis Sellers:
This increase in Mac-based malware further debunks the myth that Macs are immune to viruses and malware
Sellers does a better job of explaining WatchGuard’s details than WatchGuard itself, but there are a few items to remember.
- Malware is on the rise
- Mac malware is on the rise
- Most malware is not aimed at the Mac
- More malware wants to infect Windows PCs
- Most dangerous malware is aimed at financial servers
One of the fastest growing malware categories is web app exploitation. So, use a good browser, set it to a strong privacy mode, stay off crazy-assed websites, be careful and aware of where you login, and to whom you give out credit card information.
Are Macs more secure and have less malware than Windows PCs? Yes. That’s what the math says. Invulnerable? No. To mix metaphors, everybody has a Kryptonite Achilles heel.