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Mac Users' Security Honeymoon Coming to an End?

Anne Bisagno

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Apple laptop and desktop users don't have to worry about the constant threat of malware and exploits the way Windows users do — right?    Wrong.

 

That used to be more or less true, but with Apple's share of the desktop computer market now at about 17 percent, hackers are targeting OS X like never before. In fact, according to recent research, five times more OS X malware has appeared in 2015 than during the previous five years combined.

Granted, the researchers only found 948 unique samples of OS X malware this year, compared to the 400,000 new varieties of Windows-based malware that emerge every day. But the uptick strongly suggests that hackers are actively looking for ways to inject malicious code into OS X and circumvent its security mechanisms —possibly using iOS, which currently holds almost 40 percent of the global mobile OS market.

In short, if you use Apple products, your security safeguards need to include them. If you're not sure how, Xantrion is happy to help. We're experienced in protecting infrastructures that include Macs and iPhones — including our own!

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