Mac malware threats rise 60% in quarter

Macs are generally much more protected from virtual threats than PCs. This is a common sense that generally does not distort reality. This does not mean, of course, that Ma's computers are free of malware and the like, a recent survey by Malwarebytes proves this point with very significant numbers.

According to the company in its quarterly threat report for systems and computers, the total number of malware for Apple has grown 60% from the last quarter of 2018 to the first period of 2019. Even more frightening is the growth of adware (malware designed to display advertisements on the user's machine): 201% between the end of last year and the beginning of this year.

Malwarebytes also surveyed the most significant threats from each platform. In the Mac world, malware known as PCVARK climbed the charts to take the lead in the list for the first time pulling second and third place respectively the former "champions" MacKeeper and MacBooster.

It is also worth noting the growth of specific types of attacks in macOS: crackers are increasingly using open source code to execute scripts and take advantage of backdoors; Also on the rise is the use of malicious agents for cryptocurrency mining and digital wallet hacking to steal Bitcoins or Etherium.

Even with this growth, the recommendations for Mac users remain the same: just adopt sensible patterns of use and navigation without clicking on suspicious links or downloading files from sources you don't trust. By following these simple tips and leaving Mac's native security features on, you're unlikely to encounter problems.

via AppleInsider