For a long time, Macintosh devices were considered safe from security problems. The worries were for Windows. However, unfortunately, things have changed over time.
The Mac weighs more and more heavily regarding market share and is, therefore, a more attractive target for hackers. Moreover, the vectors of attack have also evolved considerably. The old virus is a has-been in 2018.
Although Apple is sometimes criticized for this, it takes security issues more and more seriously. But the Mac is no longer that haven of peace it once was. Statistics compiled by security researchers from the CVE Details database attest to this. In 2017, the number of vulnerabilities detected increased by 28.83% over the previous year.
This term includes loopholes potentially exploited for malicious purposes that can lead to denial of service attacks, memory corruption, and code execution. In the worst case scenario, all this means that a malicious person can remotely execute a malicious program on your computer and take control of it. This access allows him for example to consume part of your resources (and yes the power of the Mac can make unexpected envy !), either to undermine cryptocurrencies, or to launch attacks on a large scale with your ‘help’, or to have your identifiers to carry out various actions on your accounts or towards your contacts.
Cyber threats are a thriving business. It must be said that it is still much simpler and more convenient to launch a cyber attack behind your keyboard than going to rob a bank. So from this point of view, some statistics are not reassuring: 40% of denial of service attacks discovered last year received the critical “label.” In other words, they could be activated remotely. The number of code execution vulnerabilities jumped 34% in one year. To make matters worse, half of them were likely to be executed remotely. In such scenarios, the various macOS protection mechanisms can be easily bypassed.
The idea is not to be catastrophic, but all these figures show that macOS is attracting more and more interest from cybercriminals. Unfortunately, adware, Bitcoin miners or ransomware are not exclusive to Windows.
So, if you think that an extra level of security is not just an option in today’s cyber world and that your Mac and data deserve a higher level of protection, you can take a look at Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac. Offered by this cyber security specialist for over 15 years, it is a complete security solution for Mac. It has no impact on your computer’s performance. Above all, it allows you to get rid of all the elements that can pollute your computer: adware, malicious hijacking programs, unwanted toolbars and other browser modules installed without your knowledge or not…
This solution offers three innovative features. First of all, an autopilot mode so you can live freely in your digital world without worrying about these security issues. The software takes care of everything, permanently, in the background, and especially without slowing you down in your work. Another exciting thing: Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac has Time Machine protection, which improves the security of your backups and prevents a malicious program from encrypting or even destroying them. Finally, Bitdefender includes a VPN, which ensures complete online anonymity by encrypting all incoming and outgoing traffic. Thus, it is no longer possible to spy on you during your exchanges. On the other hand, it may also allow you to access content and services accessible only in certain parts of the world.