The Truth: Mac’s Are Not More Secure Than PC’s. We All Must Be Vigilant

For so many years Mac users have told me and other PC users that Macs were more secure than PC’s. I’ve known this is a lie, but many people do not. Sure Mac’s are well designed and look great. However, they are no more secure than computers. Windows computers (PC’s) appear to be more vulnerable than Mac’s because hackers TARGET windows computers much more.

The NY Times writes:

This week, security researchers discovered a new computer virus had infected half a million Mac users — about half of them in the United States. The malicious program, known as a Trojan horse, is infesting users in the most surreptitious way possible: users need not manually click on any malicious links or manually download any malware to get infected. The program simply downloads itself. Once downloaded, the Trojans’ creators gain a back door that gives them unauthorized access to the victim’s computer.

Read the full article here.

If you want to be secure, on ANY computer follow these steps:

1. Install a good anti-virus, anti-malware program

2. Anything you put into your computer (USB drive, downloaded program, etc) must be scanned with your security software

3. Be VERY careful what you click online. If someone emails you – be careful. If you see a link on a web site – be careful. One click can destroy your entire computer.

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6 thoughts on “The Truth: Mac’s Are Not More Secure Than PC’s. We All Must Be Vigilant

  1. Fax Authority

    Good article!

    Macs got a reputation for being more secure than PC’s for the most part because they’re less popular – not as much of a base for the people that write viruses to have them spread because there’s simply less of them.

    At the end of the day, if you have information that you don’t want to end up online (credit card statements, copies of your signature, etc.) the absolute best way to avoid that happening is to keep it from being on a computer attached to the internet in the first place.

  2. W3 Consulting

    In honor of the inimitable, departed Mike Wallace, this sounds like a great exposé for “60 Minutes.” It could trump the bad press over the US Attorney General planning his anti-trust case against Apple, et al. LOL. And, yes, you’re absolutely on target about Mac’s perceived security. Rubbish!

    As well, people should remember not to pass along file types that breed malicious code (e.g., MSFT Office documents (Word, PowerPoint, etc.), EXE/DMG files, and other script files) via email or via thumbdrives between Mac and/or PC. Many times the antivirus software bogs down email so users exempt them from scanning, and often additional external drives are not listed to scan when docked (especially via MacBooks that rely heavily on the power of WiFi synchronization of drives).

  3. ChrisHalcon

    Thanks for bringing this up, Ramon. One should never get too comfortable when it comes to information protection. IT departments and computer users can learn valuable lessons from this experience:

    – No operating system is immune to malware attack and any Internet-connected device should have security precautions in place. – Mac users are not out of the woods. There are many users out there who have not taken the steps necessary to remove the malware. The potential for additional infections and damage are also still possible if the appropriate security updates are not installed.- Cybercriminals often build on the exploits of others and additional attempts at widespread Mac malware infections are likely to follow.
    Chris Halcon


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