If you have heard that Apple’s Macintosh computers are immune from viruses, you should know that while this is technically true, it is also very false. Early Macs did see viruses in the 1980s and 1990s, but viruses haven’t been plaguing modern Macs, but they continue to be a big problem for PCs. Viruses, it should be noted, are actually just one type of malicious software, and while no viruses have infected (and afflicted) modern Macs in over a decade, many other types of nasty malware have.
Since malicious software, and surely viruses soon as well, have become an issue for Macs, Mac antivirus protection is becoming more and more popular. A larger percentage of Mac owners are becoming aware of what a big issue this is, and they are starting to do something about these threats by way of software intervention.
There are many trends that one should expect to see in 2015 in relation to viruses, malware, and antivirus protection. The following are just a few of them that you should keep an eye out for:
As mentioned, the rumor that Macs are virus free has become insidious. Thanks to Apple’s advertising, many people are convinced that Macs are completely safe. As mentioned they don’t get actual viruses as of now, but as many people use “virus” as a blanket term for all malware, this is a dangerous idea for people to have. Because of this, many people leave their systems unprotected and find themselves with an expensive and irritating problem.
With more and more Mac malware infections cropping up, antivirus and antimalware for Mac will start to help dispel the rumor that Macs are free from these threats. Far fewer malicious programs exist for Mac than PC, but they are indeed out there. Also, while viruses for PCs don’t harm Macs, they often stay on the system and can be passed to PCs later. All and all, this rumor was a great marketing tool for helping to make Macs bounce back, but it is actually a dangerous rumor that spreads misinformation and it needs to be put to rest.
2014 saw a huge rise in the amount of malware infections that were designed to attack Macs. These infections used to be isolated incidents, but in 2014 approximately 100,000 Macs ended up infected by one or more of these various parasites.
Macs are getting more popular; they continue to gain market share, a trend that is not expected to stop any time soon. As more and more Macs are out there, criminals are enticed to design a greater number of infections to target this growing segment of computer users. As there are more Macs, it is expected that more malware will follow; the explosive growth of Macs seems to indicate that malware may explode in 2015 and beyond as well.
As more Mac users become infected with malware, such as the many nasty infections 2014 saw, they will start realizing that they need antivirus. While Mac OS X comes with some security features, it is not a comprehensive solution, and an increasing amount of Mac users will start to realize that they need something more.
This realization will lead to more consumers installing antivirus and antimalware on their systems. Not only will this mean better business for these companies who make these products, but it will help to stop the spread of infections as far fewer computers will be susceptible to these threats.
As Mac users start to get antivirus coverage in greater numbers, these programs will surely get better and offer more features for the same price. Products like MacKeeper that are feature rich with applications beyond just antivirus protection will become more popular with users. A go-to do-it-all application for Mac owners, MacKeeper presents a new way for keeping your Mac safe and optimized, a solution that helps to provide for an all-around better computing experience.
Even standard antivirus programs will be more feature rich, and those that offer more will become more popular. This influx of malware will surely open many users’ eyes, and they will realize that they need to be protected from all of the threats that exist in cyber space, not just malware and viruses.