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Why You Need Antivirus or Endpoint Protection for Your Apple Mac.

Posted by Sean Houghton | 19-May-2022 10:39:59

Apple Macs are popular choices for many people because they are seen as being more secure than Microsoft Windows computers. However, no computer is immune from a cyberattack, and Macs can undoubtedly be infected with viruses and malware. This blog post will explain why you should consider antivirus or endpoint protection for your Mac, even if you think it is not necessary. We will also discuss how the Mac operating system is different from Windows and why that makes Macs more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Macs are often seen as being more secure than Windows computers because they have a different operating system. The Mac operating system is based on Unix, which is a more secure platform than Windows. However, this does not mean that Macs are immune to viruses and malware. In fact, the Mac operating system is actually more vulnerable to cyber-attacks than Windows. This is because Macs are less common than Windows computers, so fewer security measures are in place to protect them.

Even though Macs are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks, some people still believe that they do not need antivirus or endpoint protection. This is because Macs come with a built-in security system called Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper is designed to protect Macs from malicious software, but it is not perfect. In fact, Gatekeeper has been known to allow some malicious software to run on Macs. Therefore it is important to consider antivirus or endpoint protection for your Mac, even if you think it is unnecessary.

There are many different antivirus and endpoint protection products available for Macs. Some of these products are free, while others must be purchased. We recommend that you research the various options and choose the product that best meets your needs. Remember, no computer is immune from a cyberattack, so it is essential to take steps to protect your Mac.

As of 2018, Macs made up about 15 per cent of global personal computer shipments, according to research firm Gartner. This is up from just over 12 per cent in 2016. Macs are no longer a niche product and are being adopted by more users every day. Despite this increased adoption, there is still a common misconception that Macs do not need antivirus protection.

This misconception is largely due to the fact that Macs have a different operating system than PCs. Macs use macOS, which is based on Unix. PCs, on the other hand, use Microsoft Windows. Because of this difference, many people believe that Macs are immune to viruses and malware that target Windows-based systems.

However, no computer is immune to cyber-attacks. In fact, Macs may be at a greater risk than PCs because they are often seen as being more secure. This can make Mac users a target for sophisticated attacks.

That's why it's crucial to consider antivirus or endpoint protection for your Mac, even if you think it's unnecessary. Antivirus software can help protect your Mac from malware and other threats. Endpoint protection can also provide an extra layer of security by protecting your Mac from network-based attacks.

What about XProtect?

XProtect is a built-in security feature of macOS that helps protect your Mac from malware. However, XProtect is not a replacement for antivirus or endpoint protection software.

X Protect

XProtect only checks for known Mac malware and cannot detect other types of threats, such as phishing attacks or malicious websites. In addition, XProtect does not provide real-time protection, which means it can't block malware from infecting your Mac.

If you're looking for a Mac security solution that provides real-time protection and can help defend against a wider range of threats, consider antivirus or endpoint protection software. Antivirus software can detect and remove malware, while endpoint protection can also help protect your Mac from network-based attacks.

There are a number of different antivirus and endpoint protection solutions available for Mac. Some of the more popular options include:

  • SentinelOne EDR
  • McAfee Endpoint Security for Mac
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection for Mac
  • Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac
  • Sophos

 

What about Gatekeeper and how does it work?

Gatekeeper is a security feature of macOS that helps protect your Mac from malware. Gatekeeper checks for known Mac malware and can also help block unknown threats.

To use Gatekeeper, you'll need to enable it in System Preferences. Once enabled, Gatekeeper will check for known Mac malware and can also help block unknown threats. However, Gatekeeper cannot detect all types of threats, so it's essential also to consider antivirus or endpoint protection software for your Mac.

There is a wide range of malware and viruses that can infect a Mac, including:

  • Viruses
  • Trojan horses
  • Worms
  • Adware
  • Spyware
  • Ransomware

Many malware types are designed to steal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Others, like ransomware, can lock your Mac and demand a ransom to unlock it.

 How can you tell if your Mac is infected?

There are a few signs that your Mac may be infected with malware, including:

  • Unexpected pop-up windows
  • Unusual activity in the Activity Monitor application
  • Slow performance
  • Unexpected changes to settings or files

If you suspect your Mac is infected with malware, you should scan it with an antivirus or endpoint protection solution. Antivirus software can detect and remove malware, while endpoint protection can also help protect your Mac from network-based attacks.

Written by Sean Houghton

Commercial & Operations Director at Aztech

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