Can Apple Macs Get Viruses?

A very common misconception is that Apple products cannot get viruses.  That is not true! Devices running OS X, Windows, and Linux, Android or any other operating system are all capable of being infected with a virus or other malware.

Apple Macintosh has a lower change of getting a virus than a Windows users.  Many Apple users don’t run antivirus software on their computers. Whether that is a smart or not is debated and discussed by IT professionals.

There are a few reasons why Apple Mac’s are less likely to get a virus than a Windows PC


1. Mac OS X is based on the UNIX operating system, which is one of the oldest and one of the most secure operating systems when configured properly.

2. Windows has a larger installed based and it makes it a much bigger and easier target.

3. Numerous Toolkits exist that are written for windows that make it easy to attack the Windows Operating system.

Windows Threats For Apple Macs

     Many Mac users find themselves having to use Parallels or other virtual machine software to run Windows programs such as Microsoft Publisher. Because these Macs are now running a Windows operating system, they are now susceptible to Windows viruses. In addition, an Apple computer can certain become a “carrier” of a Windows-based virus. This virus would not infect the Apple machine, but could infect other Windows machines on your network if it were to send that virus via email or across the office computer network.

And Even More Threats…

     Any software, plug-in or other 3rd party add-on that is installed onto any computer that connects to the internet can introduce its own security risks. One of the most common ways that the “bad guys” are able to attack a Mac is through browser applications and browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Java and others. Just about every Mac user has all three of these plug-ins installed on their computers (and many more). These are a necessary part of business, but do introduce additional security risks for all computers.

The Human Factor

     Although Apple Macs are less vulnerable to viruses, they are still operated by flawed humans who can still be the victim of Trojan Horses, phishing and other online fraud. Your best bet is to keep everyone informed about online security risks in your business, no matter the computer they’re using.

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