Cybercriminals are going after your new Mac. Here’s how to protect yourself

Generally speaking, most people consider Macs to be secure by design and therefore not need any antivirus software. And, generally speaking, that’s true: the way Apple has designed macOS means it’s harder to hack than Windows.

But let’s not forget, hackers go after the biggest, most valuable targets. There are over 1 billion active Windows 10 users – which are easier to attack – so it makes sense that Mac users shouldn’t feel as threatened.

However, there’s more going on than you know. In May 2021 as part of Apple’s ongoing court case with Epic Games, the company’s head of software engineering, Craig Federighi, said there’s currently “a level of malware on the Mac that we don’t find acceptable”. 

Apple identifies malware regularly and removes it from users’ Macs, but this means they’re infected first. One particular example found its way onto over 300,000 Macs.

The latest Macs which use Apple’s own M1 processor aren’t immune either. The Silver Sparrow malware affected around 30,000 Macs in February 2021, those with both Apple M1 and Intel CPUs.

The fact criminals can develop malware so fast is worrying, but so is the long-held belief that ‘Macs don’t get viruses’ which is why most Mac users don’t run any antivirus software.

They should, though.

Personal data is valuable and it’s all over your Mac’s hard drive. If malware can steal two-factor authentication codes, your credit card details and control your webcam and microphone, it can give criminals everything they need to steal your identity… and your money.

Plus, everyone needs an extra layer of protection from phishing attacks. These are often email or text messages which seem to be genuine and persuade you to click on a link. But as soon as you do, malware can infect your device.

How can you protect your Mac from malware?

Fortunately, getting protected can be both easy and free, so there’s really no excuse.

 Avira Free Security costs nothing: you don’t even need to enter your email address. At its core is effective threat protection for macOS, . The UK’s independent SE Labs gave it a score of 96% for ‘total accuracy’. This is as good as paid-for…