Are mac's infected in the same way as PC's?

02 September 2012

Question

Are mac's infected in the same way as PC's?

Answer

Ross - At the technical level, all operating systems are roughly as vulnerable as each other, but here, the economics come into play and that if you're a bad guy, you'd far rather write your malware for Windows because there's more than 10 times as many Windows machines as Mac's. So as a result, most of the malware out there is for Windows and Windows users are more vulnerable in practice. Chris - Although that trend is changing as more people do use more Macs for example.

Ross - Well, as people move from laptops to smartphones, we're seeing a rapid uptake in the amount of malware for android for example and we expect this to continue.

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