Information Technology Services at The University of Iowa

Debunking the Myth: Macs Don’t Get Viruses

Part of securing your personal information and computer online means keeping your operating system up-to-date, regularly updating your antivirus, and knowing how to spot malicious attempts to corrupt your computer or steal your information.  The often repeated myth that Macs are safer than Windows computers just isn’t true, as many of the techniques used to infect machines these days rely on users installing the malware themselves, without realizing it is malicious software.  A recent article from Sophos highlights the latest Mac malware attempt, Mac Defender, a new spin on a common Windows fake antivirus product.  See the Sophos Security Blog for more information about Mac Defender.

For more information about keeping your personal information and your computer safe online, regardless of what operating system you use, see the ITS Security Support Center.

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