Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Pt 4

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Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses  – Part 1

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 2

Top 12 Ways Apple Macs Get Viruses – Part 3

In that last instalment we conclude our list of the 12 biggest and most common ways our precious Apple computers can fall prey to evil Mac viruses.

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10.) ‘Out of Date’ Mac Antivirus Software

In order to keep your Mac cushioned and safe from relentless online virus attacks you must install a dedicated Mac antivirus software that will stay on top of the pressure and demand. Hackers and scammers quickly create and release new virus codes in an attempt to bypass virus protection barriers. If an antivirus program is not alert and up-to-date they will not identify the approaching threats, leaving you vulnerable to a Mac virus invasion.

TIP: Only install a professional Antivirus program that will identifying all types of threats old and NEW.

Note: While any top professional app should provide software updates to ensure your Mac warns off any new virus threats, they are not always automatic. If you are anything like me and can not rely on yourself to be alert and regularly check your Mac antivirus program for any updates, a software that provides automatic updates may be more suitable. After all I would hate your computer to get an infection simply because you forgot to update your protection app.

 

11.) Mac Antivirus App is ‘No Longer Compatible’

Apple regularly update their system and release an entire system overhaul every two years or so. With this in mind it is important that your Mac Antivirus app stays on top of the changes. Most dedicated professional applications are very good at this as they are obviously keen to beat their competitors to the update, but free antivirus apps however are either a one off or only maintained by a volunteer so they often take ages to catch up with the new system and left incompatible. If your Macs Antivirus program is incompatible then you leave the risk of your Mac being a sitting duck with no protection against virus attacks.

TIP: While new and exciting Antivirus apps look snazzy and talk the talk, there is no proof they can walk the walk like established programs such as Norton, Kasperky and Mackeeper. They may of course be brilliant but as they are so new you do not know if the company is still afloat by the next time Apple release a new system update, older apps that have stood the test of time however are going to actively ride the changes.

 

12.) User Stubbornness

The last and biggest way viruses can infect a Mac is ‘user stubbornness’. We all know that the internet is riddled with nasty computer viruses of all shapes and sizes, especially if you were once a Microsoft user as you would have no doubt had first hand experience with viruses. One of the very first things we are taught in IT lessons is to ignore and immediately delete dodgy popups and Websites. We know that we should tread carefully when making purchases online and to not download illegal content off shifty sites. If we all behaved like gold star students than computer viruses would have a harder time cracking into our systems. Instead people splash the cash online, freely handing over their bank card details to all sorts of unestablished sites, sharing unchecked files with one another left right an centre and downloading loads of pirate files. Theres no wonder Mac viruses are a major threat.

TIP: Wise up and pay close attention to all the Mac viruses tips we have noted in our ‘How Can Viruses Infect a Mac – Top 12 list’. I understand that you can not be alert 100% of the time so to ensure your computer stays virus free, install a Mac antivirus software. Please see our ‘Best Mac Antivirus Comparison Review’ to find out what app is ideal for you.

Sophie

Sophie

Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)