One of Apple’s big selling points is not needing to worry about catching one of those nasty computer viruses floating around the interwebs. However, as Apple gets bigger and bigger, this becomes less and less the case. In fact, hackers see Apple users as soft targets, since they rarely have any kind of protection.
Did you know that 1 in 5 Macs contain Windows malware and 1 in 36 Macs contain Mac malware?
Yeah. Neither did I.
Here’s what I did, and you can, too!
Check Your Firewall
First things first.
Turn on your Firewall.
Go to your Preferences and look under your Security & Privacy:
Check your Firewall settings.
Is it turned-on?
If not, go ahead:
Let’s not stop here.
What about an anti-virus?
There are plenty of paid options out there, but I’ve always ran free stuff on Windows, so I see no reason to stop. Sure, paid apps may need less maintenance, but I don’t mind. Besides, after using free anti-virus for over a decade and never having any problems, I’m sold … maybe ‘sold’ isn’t the right word, but you what I mean.
The first thing I did was ask vetren Mac users what they use or recommend.
Here were the two dominate apps:
I went with ClamXav. It’s been built for Mac from the ground up.
Installed and ran, here were my results:
So glad I did this.
So, are Macs just as likely to gather e-junk than Windows? Yes. Do they? No. Had I gone this long without running anything on my Windows machine, there would have been a lot more than just 3 items.
Surf safe, think twice before downloading, keep up with your Mac updates, and you may want to consider getting some anti virus software installed.
Finally, tell me what you use on your Mac? I would love know!