Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Apple’s OS X Security Honeymoon Is Over
Apple OS X is under more scrutiny than ever
Due to Apple’s increased market share, it’s now apparent that OS X wasn’t as secure as people thought, and it was a simple matter of malware writers not targeting Apple. Now, the honeymoon is over and there is a large increase in attacks against Apple operating systems, so the same security measures that Windows users take and Apple users have ignored, will have to be used.
A report shows that more malware has been found this year for OS X than in the last five years combined. The company found 948 unique samples of malware this year compared to just 180 between 2010 and last year. Although the increase is large, the malware isn’t very sophisticated and is easy to remove, security experts say.
More than half of the malware found this year was aimed at forcing people to view advertisements, a class of annoyances known as adware. Also, infections were mostly dependent on users making poor decisions, such as downloading what should be recognized as questionable software. The jump in OS X malware also still pales in comparison to Windows.
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