The Top 5 malware threats targeting Macs

posted Nov 16, 2017, 11:37 AM by Holly Magnuson
Malware aimed at Macs reached an all-time high in 2017. These are the largest threats to watch out for:
  1. Adware - represented 17% of the Mac threats found, with 41 million detections. 
  2. Blacklisted websites - these malicious sites, represented 14% of detected threats. They may exploit browser vulnerabilities and send spyware to the user.
  3. Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) - These are suspicious files that enter a system by attaching themselves to downloads. They sometimes act as spyware. (5% of malware detections.)
  4. Trojans - Disguised as legitimate software, Trojans are often used by cybercriminals to gain access to your system and steal data. 
  5. Ransomware - One of the largest threats of the year across all systems. These attacks often enter a computer via a phishing email, and lock files or critical systems until the user agrees to pay a ransom - or has a backup available. 
For tips on how Mac users can best secure their data, click here