Malwarebytes claims that Mac infections increased by 400% in 2019

Malwarebytes claims that Mac infections increased by 400% in 2019

Malwarebytes claims that Mac infections increased by 400% in 2019

Mac Malware is on the rise, at least according to the anti-Malware software provider Malwarebytes, who have reported a whopping 400% increase in threat detections in 2019. 

While yes, much of this change is due to the growing usage of Malwarebytes on MacOS-powered systems, and increased Mac system sales, Malwarebytes has also reported an increase in threat detections per endpoint. In other words, Mac systems are getting targetted by more malware, with the average system getting hit by 11 threats in 2019, which is two times higher than 2018’s average of 4.8 threats. 

An average of 5.8 threats hit the average Windows system in 2019, according to Malwarebyte’s statistics, which means that MacOS is now getting hit with more Malware than Windows, highlighting the increased attractiveness of Apple’s ecosystem to cybercriminals. 

Malwarebytes has warned that macOS’s built-in security features have not cracked down on adware and PUPs to the same degree as malware, “leaving the door open for these borderline programs to infiltrate” systems. 

In the past, many claimed that “Macs didn’t get viruses”, but that claim isn’t just false, it’s dangerous. macOS users need to be wary of online threats, and Apple needs to start taking its security more seriously, assuming Malwarebyte’s stats are accurate. 

  Malwarebytes claims that Mac infections increased by 400% in 2019

  

In 2020, it is likely that macOS attacks will increase further, as Apple’s recent sales boosts have only made the company more attractive to attackers in recent months. 

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