One of the big advantages that Mac computers have had over the traditional PC is that they “don’t get viruses,” but how true is this claim, really? Research conducted by Elastic Security Labs proves that this is certainly not the case, discrediting the prior claims of ads arguing the former.
Let’s dive into Elastic Security Labs’ claims and what they could mean for Mac users.
Research from Elastic Security Labs shows that 54% of malware impacts Windows devices, whereas 6.2% of malware are found on macOS devices. On the other hand, 48% of macOS devices are infected by the same app—an app called MacKeeper.
MacKeeper is a utility that provides tools to help maintain a computer’s privacy and security. In order to do so, the app needs to have considerable security and access permissions. The most dangerous thing here is that MacKeeper is a legitimate software, and it has fallen prey to malware that utilizes it against the user.
For the sake of security, we recommend you remove it from your device. Follow the steps below to do so.
With this threat out of the way, you can breathe a little easier when using your macOS device. Although, you’ll still want to make sure you have some sort of security protection on your Mac. If you need assistance with your technology, be sure to contact us at 724-473-3950.
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Dan has 25 years of progressive experience in the IT industry. He has led three successful companies focused on small and medium business IT solutions since 1997.