Open a conversation about malware infections on a Mac, and chances are, you’ll get strange, “you’re joking right?” look more often than not. There’s a long standing belief that Mac computers are immune to viruses, one big reason why people go for it, even if it costs more to own one. Well, that isn’t true at all. In fact, Mac infections has been on the rise in recent years.
According to the June 2017 report by McAfee, it detected over 700,000 cases of malware infections for Q1 alone. The report comes with a graph showing the steady rise of infections amongst Mac users.
From less than 100,000 cases in Q2 of 2016, it jump past 150,000 cases in Q3 and more than tripled that value in Q4. McAfee attributed the increase of malware infection on Macs via the spread of adware, which can be found on shady websites and ads created specifically to spread malware.
“During the past three quarters, new Mac OS malware has been boosted by a glut of adware.”
It’s still heaps better than Windows powered PCs, as McAfee reported over 7 million infections during the same time period.