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Mac Software Threats Climbed 400% in 2019, More Than Microsoft Windows, Report Says

By USA Today

February 14, 2020

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A report from cybersecurity company Malwarebytes concluded that Mac computers are more vulnerable to software threats than Microsoft Windows systems.

The report observed greater growth in Mac-targeting adware and potentially unwanted programs last year compared to Windows, with threats to Macs increasing 400% year-over-year in 2019.

Meanwhile, Mac detections per endpoint increased from 4.8 in 2018 to 11 in 2019, which was nearly twice as many for Windows.

Mac threats also topped Malwarebytes' overall threat detections list for the first time, with the NewTab and PCVARK exploits ranking second and third, respectively, on the list of the most prevalent threat detections across all platforms.

Malwarebytes suggested Macs may be more appealing targets due to their growing market share, while iPhones may be susceptible to iOS malware because there is no way "to scan for it."

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