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Do Macs need AntiVirus Protection?

We hate to be the bearer of bad news…

While many Apple users believe they are immune to viruses due to the perceived invulnerability of the Apple Operating System, this notion is inaccurate. Although Macs are not as frequently targeted as Windows computers and come equipped with built-in safeguards like XProtect and Gatekeeper, there are viruses specifically designed to circumvent Mac security measures.

In 2023 alone, there were 7 new Mac-targeted viruses, highlighting the ongoing threat. Based on research, there are 45 (give or take) known Mac viruses, underscoring the vulnerability of business users. To enhance security, business users should employ a managed business-grade antivirus solution. And just to be safe, we recommend a free scan of your organization’s network. Request a consultation to learn more!

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UNDERSTANDING MALWARE

Before delving into the identified malware affecting Macs, it is essential to tackle a specific question. The term “virus” is frequently employed more than necessary; a more precise term to use is “malware.” The designation “virus” is attributed to its ability to replicate and disseminate. However, it’s crucial to note that a computer virus is just one category of malware among several, and regretfully, there have been instances of malware affecting Macs.

Malware includes: Adware, Potential Unwanted Programs (PUPs), Ransomware, Cryptocurrency miners, Spyware, Trojan Horse, USB/Thunderbolt hack

Malware of 2023: Downfall vulnerability, Exploit HVNC, ShadowVault, JokerSpy, Atomic macOS Stealer (AMOS), RustBucket, MacStealer, XMRig, Alchimist, and Gimmick

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In addition to antivirus software, implementing extra security measures is crucial. Ensuring that your Operating System receives automatic updates, removing Adobe Flash (discontinued in 2020) from your computer, and installing Java only when necessary for specific applications can further fortify your Mac against potential threats.

Our team ensures comprehensive protection by implementing and managing business-grade cyber security, addressing the vulnerabilities Mac systems may encounter. Safeguard your devices against emerging threats and maintain optimal cybersecurity by requesting your own network consultation.

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90% of data breaches are human errors

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We understand the value of keeping your computer and network secure. By educating and empowering our customers to be proactive, we can ensure the security of personal data and the data of your organization. Altek can analyze your current infrastructure, network security, and office technology to create a plan that aligns with your company’s needs while staying within a monthly budget.

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