Rethinking Security on Mac

I haven’t used antivirus software since 2007 when I switched from Windows to Mac. Like many Mac users, I believed that OS X is impervious to viruses and other security threats. But, I have come to the conclusion that this is a flawed belief.

Security threats are not limited to viruses and spyware, there are phishing and JavaScript threats too. These threats affect all operating systems connected to the web, because these attacks take place online, not on your machine. As we use more online services, such as online banking, electronic communications and cloud services we re-open ourselves up to cyber threats.

Mac users culturally take a lazy approach to security. We’re never so safe that we can let our guard down. Even with antivirus software installed, we’re never impervious to cyber threats. It is wise to use password managers, ad blockers, script blockers, encryption software and VPNs too.

Part of me wonders if it were possible for Apple and Microsoft to build these security functions to a point where third-party services like Bitdefender and Norton were no longer necessary. With the deep pockets that these two companies have, why aren’t our computers more secure? Is this a conspiracy to keep the cybersecurity industry alive, eating $99 a year from our wallets? And how is it that a small third-party firm is able to fend off all these cyber threats that Apple, Microsoft, and Google cannot?

These are questions that I do not have the answers to, if you have some insight on this topic please feel free to share in the comment section below.

I am definitely stepping up my approach to cybersecurity. Who knows what scripts have been doing in our browsers.

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