Malware on Macs - FYI

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Interesting read. What do you do? I’ve been using the fee version of Malwarebytes for years. I run it about every two weeks. I’ve been skeptical about the need for real time protection.
 
Interesting read. What do you do? I’ve been using the fee version of Malwarebytes for years. I run it about every two weeks. I’ve been skeptical about the need for real time protection.
@Zenon

I am a Windows user, so I need to really protect myself online. I believe in real-time protection because if any malware gets inserted into your system, it can start to do damage until it is removed.

Full disclosure: For years I was a product manager and director of product management for security products, so I'm predisposed to have the best possible security protecting all my systems. One reason why have an iPhone, instead of an Android phone, has to do with Apple doing a much better job of managing its app store than Google.

To be clear, software by itself can't protect you against "social engineering," in which you are deceived to provide confidential information.
 
Thanks. I have 6 apple devices. I’m very careful with what you call social engineering. I’ve gotten every email and phone text scam message you can think of. I have entire email address visible so it is easy to spot a fake one. I’m forced to load remote content. Just last week I got the old I just renewed my anti virus software for the tune of $700 that I never had in the first place. I don’t answer the iPhone unless I recognize the number. Don’t reply to texts either.

I’m careful online but it is an awful world out there in cyberspace so you never know. The previous Sunday John Oliver (Last Week Tonight show) did an expose about cyber world crime. I always update my devices as soon as a new version is out.

The free Malawarebytes just had an update a few weeks ago. New page layout. I often wonder about it as sometimes it can be 3 to 6 months between updates.

I don’t worry about too many things. If my credit card becomes compromised that is the banks problem. I check my credit card purchase history once a day. I only worry about identity theft.
 
Interesting read. What do you do? I’ve been using the fee version of Malwarebytes for years. I run it about every two weeks. I’ve been skeptical about the need for real time protection.

I’ve been doing as you have done with MalwareBytes every month or so . In all the years that i have been using MalwareBytes, I have never detected a malware signature. Apple remains very good about putting out patches quickly when vulnerabilities are reported. Microsoft was terrible at fixing vulnerabilities when I switched to MacOS but they have improved.

When I switched to MacOS, Apple had 2-4% of the market. Now it is 31%.

Malwarebytes goal in this article is to sell more product. Something you should keep in mind when evaluating your risk.


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I’ve been doing as you have done with MalwareBytes every month or so . In all the years that i have been using MalwareBytes, I have never detected a malware signature. Apple remains very good about putting out patches quickly when vulnerabilities are reported. Microsoft was terrible at fixing vulnerabilities when I switched to MacOS but they have improved.

When I switched to MacOS, Apple had 2-4% of the market. Now it is 31%.

Malwarebytes goal in this article is to sell more product. Something you should keep in mind when evaluating your risk.


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2-4 to 31 us quite the leap. I may have got the idea about using MB every so often from you a few years ago. Many years ago Apple tech helped me with a problem and got me to install MB and run it.

Thanks for the input.
 
Forgot to say MB has never detected a virus either. I got my wife to install updates on her iPhone and iPad even though she hates doing it. Apple always changes something and most people don't like change.
 
Interesting. No updates for a long time and as I said the dashboard changed with the update a few weeks ago. I just installed another update today. Mac went to Sonoma 14.4 the other day and I think I read about 64 security updates.

Thanks for the info everyone.
 
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