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#1 AnBr

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:42 AM

A Malwarebytes report says threats to Mac computers "increased exponentially" over the last year compared to Windows PCs.

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There was a time when Mac computers were virtually invulnerable to malware. That safety has long been one of the major talking points for Macs over Windows PCs. But as time has gone on and malware detection on PCs has gotten much better, and Windows has gotten more secure, you're just as safe today using a PC over a Mac—and perhaps safer from certain kinds of malware.

As Macs have taken a larger piece of the computer market pie, they've become a juicier target for cybercriminals cranking out adware and what Malwarebytes calls "potentially unwanted programs" (or PUPs).

"While these threats are not considered as dangerous as traditional malware, they are becoming a much larger and more noticeable nuisance for Mac users, who can no longer say that their beloved systems are immune from malware," Malwarebytes Labs said in its recent report.

This is one thing that over the years I have tried to tell Mac users I have known. The main reason that Macs are less susceptible to malware has more to do with the size of their user base, not simply because they were more inherently secure. The larger the user base the more attractive a target for the malware authors. After all, the weakest link exists between the keyboard and the chair.
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Posted 13 February 2020 - 10:04 AM

Maybe I'm missing something but fro the actual report (linked in the article) this seems to be talking about mostly malware/adware that is explicitly dowloaded by users rather than vulnerabilities from actions such as web browsing, infected emails, and sending a virus via Clippy (which actually happened). That would make it more about user vulnerability (more Mac users getting targeted and doing unsafe things) than OS vulnerability. Is that about right?
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Posted 13 February 2020 - 10:44 AM

I passed this around to the crowd at work and one guy said that Macs have been under attack since 1984.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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