A popular misconception among many American consumers is that Mac computers can't get viruses. The fact of the matter is that cybercriminals design their malware to reach the largest possible audiences, and with the number of Apple computer owners rising, hackers have begun to focus their attacks on Mac users as well.
Fortunately, antivirus firm Panda Security has rolled out a new product designed specifically to protect Mac OS and OS X users from viruses and malware. The software enables Apple computer owners to scan emails and local files for viruses, and it also prevents them from unknowingly sending infected data to other Linux or Windows users.
"We are approaching a tipping point where it will soon be financially viable for cybercriminals to target their efforts at Mac users," said Ivan Fermon, senior vice president of product management for Panda Security. "When Apple reaches 15 percent market share worldwide, which Panda expects will happen very soon, we predict that hackers will begin to aggressively target attacks against this platform."
As CNET notes, Apple has been very protective of its secure image. At one point, the electronics company suggested that users install antivirus software on their systems, but it removed that message within 24 hours.
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