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Do Macs need antivirus software?

Do Macs need antivirus software?
With Macs more common than ever, do Apple users need to protect themselves from viruses as much as PC users?

We've all heard the argument "Macs are more secure than PCs because they aren't as commonly used".

But with ever-increasing integration of Apple products into home and Enterprise environments, this simply isn't the case any more, and Macs may be a target for malware more than users realise.

At the start of this month Apple was hit with the Flashback Virus which was reported to control around 600,000 macs covertly, with more than 6% of these been in the UK,

Exploiting a vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), the virus is designed to steal usernames and passwords from the infected machines, for services such as online banking.

Apple released a patch and further update to prevent and eliminate this virus, however shortly after the Mac community was hit by another infection, the Sabpab Trojan. Like Flashback, again targeting flaws in Java the program works on an infected word document, used to send remote commands to computers and steal personal information.

Mac users need to be aware that their systems are not impenetrable and that they can be exploited.  As with any IT use, care should be taken when visiting sites, downloading links and viewing suspicious emails.

There are many free and paid-for antivirus solutions available for Apple users and I would advise all Macintosh users to investigate and choose a suitable product.  If you are concerned you may be affected by the Flashback virus then you can download and run a free scanning and removal tool here.

At Resolve IT Solutions we have Mac certified technicians and keep up to date with current trends in home and enterprise computing environments.  If you are concerned about the security of your systems or require any technical assistance then please call our support team on 0114 299 40 50.

Thanks, and stay safe!

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