Warning for Apple users as Mac malware reaches all time high

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Apple Mac computers are being targeted with more malware than ever before, new research has revealed.

According to security firm Malwarebytes, Apple’s ecosystem is far from the safe, secure and virus free platform some users presume, and is instead being hit with huge amounts of malware.

The company studied data from millions of its users around the world and found that cases of malware on Mac devices had increased a whopping 230 percent in 2017.

According to the study, there was more malware discovered on Mac devices in Q2 2017 than in the whole of 2016.

Not only that, but more variants of malware were detected between Jan-Aug 2017 than in the whole of the previous year.

Malwarebytes said that Mac users still fail to take threats viruses and other security threats seriously and warned that the App Store is not immune to malware.

“Mac threats are not taken seriously enough in the security community today,” said Thomas Reed, director of Mac and mobile at Malwarebytes.

“Adware and potentially unwanted programs are becoming a major problem for Mac users. Some very popular apps have been known to carry these threats and despite protections in place, the App Store is not immune to these threats.

“For example, the recent Proton Remote Access Trojan that plagued Mac users fooled many experienced, security-minded people who became infected. This perpetuates a crucial lesson that, despite what many Mac users think, they are not safe even if they are careful about what they download.

“Being security-savvy is no longer enough, all Mac users need dedicated protection against malware, adware and potentially unwanted programs.

In order to try and combat the spread of malware on Mac devices, Malwarebytes have released new software that provides real time anti-malware protection.

“We carefully designed Malwarebytes for Mac to protect all Mac users from cyber threats and potentially unwanted programs so that they can feel safe and have a Mac that performs like it should,” Malwarebytes CEO, Marcin Kleczynski

“Antivirus and security awareness is no longer enough defence for Mac users, the growth of Mac malware has made that very clear. We hope that more and more Mac users will come to this realisation and begin to seek out additional defences.”

The news regarding malware was equally as bleak for those using Android devices, where ransomware had seen a 100 percent increased between Q1 and Q2 of this year.

While ransomware saw a huge increase, trojans continue to the be the biggest problem for Android users.

A trojan virus, so called because it disguises itself as a piece of legitimate software or app, is used by hackers to gain control of a device.

Normally, users will be tricked into downloading the software and installing the trojan on their device.

According to Malwarebytes, trojans accounted for 48 percent of all Android malware in the first half of 2017.

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