Each week I am told by people using Apple products that they have no need to worry about malware, viruses or the security of their information. That is one of the reasons why they bought an Apple product. Unfortunately, life isn’t that simple, and some steps are required to protect themselves.
OK, prove it!
When asked for evidence, I first go to the CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) website that keeps count of security vulnerabilities. In 2015, Apple had the top 3 slots for issues reported by product. Listed by software manufacturer, Microsoft (1561 CVEs) and Adobe (1503 CVEs) had more than Apple (1147 CVEs). But Apple still had more than one thousand reported issues.
Next is the Mac Security Blog. This provides good advice on Mac and iOS issues (other sources of good Mac and iOS advice are available). If there were no issues, then I would assume the blog would just be about securing third party services used from Apple devices.
The final evidence is from stories about ads being used to deliver Malware from respected sites. Telling people to stay away from the ‘darker’ parts of the Internet to avoid getting malware is still valid, but with high-profile sites being used, more security is required.
So that isn’t good enough?
Shown this evidence, I would expect (almost) everyone to come to the conclusion that Apple software isn’t perfect and some security measures are required. Although I don’t keep comprehensive notes, I would say that less than 40% of Apple users think about doing anything, and less than 10% of them make changes. That leaves the majority with a risk of infection or losing their information.
No software is going to be free from bugs that can be exploited to deliver malware, viruses or steal information. Taking no precautions makes it easier for the ‘bad guys’ to get at you. Make it more difficult for them; start using anti-virus and anti-malware software to protect your information.