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Macs Two Times More Likely To Get Infected By Adware Than PCs

Macs Two Times More Likely To Get Infected By Adware Than PCs

Macs have long been considered the safer option when it comes to internet security and, along with their general build quality, it's one of the main reasons you'd choose an Apple computer. So it's pretty surprising that a new study by Malwarebytes Labs has found that Macs are actually twice as likely to be affected by adware as their PC counterparts.

As well as adware, the main offenders seem to be PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), according to the report (via PC Gamer). "While these threats are not considered as dangerous as traditional malware, they are becoming a much larger and more noticeable nuisance for Mac users, who can no longer say that their beloved systems are immune from malware."

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Back in 2009, Macs only made up a tiny percentage of home computers, taking just four percent of the global market, whereas 2020 sees that percentage sitting at just over 17 percent. The recent growth in overall Mac users is certainly a factor - there's no doubt that the market increase seems to have drawn the interest of cybercriminals looking to cash in on the growing trend. But that's not the only reason.

According to Malwarebytes Labs, even factoring in the increase in Mac users, detections were up significantly with "an increase of over 400 percent from 2018." The report goes on to state that "it's more interesting to look at the change in the number of detections per endpoint. Mac detections per endpoint increased from 4.8 in 2018 to a whopping 11.0 in 2019, a figure that is nearly double the same statistic for Windows."

And if you want to check out the report in its full, nerdy glory, you can do so here.

The two students have been accused of defrauding Apple out of more almost $900,000. Credit: PA
The two students have been accused of defrauding Apple out of more almost $900,000. Credit: PA
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This doesn't mean your Mac's security has been compromised in any way or that Apple has downgraded its security features but it does appear that it hasn't been keeping up with the growing trend of adware and PUP related attacks, concentrating instead on the far more serious threat of malware.

Speaking of Mac security, Apple has recently announced a program that invites you to do your best (or worst!) to find bugs or security holes in any of its platforms or devices. And with payments of £25,000 (£19,200) to $1,000,000 (£768,900) available, it may well be time to get - err - cracking.

Featured Image Credit: Apple

Topics: MAC, windows, Apple

Sarah James

News writer at GAMINGbible. Also seen at PC Gamer, GamesRadar, Red Bull UK, PCGamesN and more. Spends far too much time playing World of Warcraft, has an obsession with Bloodborne that borders on the unhealthy, and aspires to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing emotional wreck.

 

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