Article Intro: Bruised Apples

by | Aug 11, 2021

“Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.”
– Andrew Grove, Former CEO, Intel

That quote comes from the man who long-supplied Apple with processors and serves as a well-suited warning to all the Mac users who believe their machines are impervious.

They are not.

Apple recently admitted as much under oath when SVP Craig Federighi testified that, “Today, we have a level of malware on the Mac that we don’t find acceptable.”

Article Intro: Bruised Apples

That acknowledgment matches our experience.

GlobalMac IT has provided tech and security services to Mac-using law firms for over 16 years and often finds that overconfident clients put so much faith in Apple that cybersecurity is an afterthought. It’s time for that to change.

macOS remains far more secure than Windows, and we’ve still never encountered Apple ransomware…, but we’ve gradually had to remove more and more Mac malware as cyber threats level the field.

Federighi has had the same experience, admitting that he “had a couple of family members who have gotten some malware on their Macs.”

For years, Macs had great security success, which bred complacency in a user base that needs more paranoia to survive. Hackers have evolved, and Macs are now susceptible, so you need to take steps in response.

Subscribing to our Stupid Simple Security Tips, installing stand-alone programs like Malwarebytes, or subscribing to multi-layered turnkey solutions like BobaGuard are all good inroads to better protection.

For more on Apple’s candid confession and battle to stay ahead of hackers, read the (I know, you are expecting my article  – but it’s a different Tom) Tom’s Guide article here.