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The Big Myth About Mac Computers You Need To Stop Believing
The idea that Macs are somehow impervious to viruses is a misconception. While Apple has gone to great lengths to ensure that Macs are extremely secure and protected from malware, the computers are still susceptible to security vulnerabilities and attacks, as was the case in 2012 when around 600,000 Macs were infected with a trojan virus.
After the attack, Apple changed its marketing on its website, editing a phrase that read “It doesn’t get PC viruses” to “It’s built to be safe,” as Wired reported at the time. Still, the myth that Macs don’t get viruses persists, but savvy consumers now know that Macs can be as susceptible as any other computer and take necessary precautions.
For starters, they use antivirus software for their machines, browse the internet safely, and only download software from reputable sources, such as Apple’s Mac App Store. They also avoid clicking on fishy-sounding links in their e-mail, which could be a potential gateway to a virus. All of these practices should be done on any computer, Macs included.