Does my Mac need antivirus software for protection?
Information on why should you use antivirus protection for your Mac.
While Mac platform is not heavily targeted by rogue program creators while surfing the web you can easily get infected with infections designed for windows platform. The good news is that these infections won't harm your Mac, these infections simply doesn't work on your computer. The problems begin if you family members or colleagues at work uses windows based computer. While you Mac works without intervention at the same time there could be multiple infections that are being stored in your Mac waiting for you to share photos or files with users that uses windows platform. When you do that infections that were non-functional in your Mac will easily infect windows based computer of your friends, family, or colleagues at work. This could lead to information loses, personal information theft and other problem that you really don't want to be responsible for. Usually spyware that is stored in your Mac infects windows based computer through Mac drive, network share, USB memory device or server storage.
Cyber criminal are starting to target Mac computer. A couple of fake antivirus programs has been spotted infecting Mac users. These attacks are using black-hat techniques to trick popular search engines to gain top results in search engines. When a user clicks on results they are being redirected to misleading websites which spreads fake antivirus programs. While infections are not widely spread, misleading programs are designed very professionally and this indicated that cyber criminals are working towards infecting Mac based computers. You can read more on these infections at ....... These infections are very well thought out. Firstly they persuade you that your Mac computer is infected by displaying fake security scan, then a professional looking program is asked to be installed in order to clean the infections. Such scheme can easily trick users into installing these rogue programs and then paying for full version of these fake scanners.
If you are using email on daily basis, you can easily forward an infected email letter to people you know. If you don't use antivirus program on your Mac that mean that the letters you receive are not scanner for viruses or spyware. While there are low chances that your Mac will suffer from these infections you could easily infect computer of your colleagues or family members. By doing this you will unwillingly help cyber criminals by spreading rogue programs.
If you are using Windows on your Mac. If you have windows as the second operating system on your Mac you should definitely use antivirus program. No matter that use Mac platform windows operating system still can easily be infected with various spyware,malware and other malicious programs. It's the operating system and not the computer that gets infected. While MAc OS has few security issues, there are over one million infections that target windows OS. Nowadays Internet is flooded with various misleading websites that distributes spyware. You should definitely install antivirus to protect your computer.