For several years, Apple has been hailed for creating one of the safest platforms in existence. For the better part of the decade, Mac systems have benefited from the lack of attention they drew from the hackers. But beware because that is beginning to change as the 21st century moves forward. Companies like Symantec and FireEye have shown concern regarding the state of malware on Apple systems, particularly those using mobile devices that run iOS. This post aims to raise awareness why anyone using Apple products should start thinking more about security.

Complacency Can Numb You

 

Since you are using a system that is designed to be extraordinarily safe, you may have the impression that you don’t need to be careful like with Android users when downloading new software. Although you still have a reason to believe that you’re relatively safe compare to other people using other operating systems.

The point is that you should maintain an acceptable level of vigilance and awareness when using any product, no matter how safe it is. Keep in mind that every system is vulnerable to something in some situations — Macs are prone to malware infections despite the difficulties involved in creating such conditions. It is best to keep one eye open to keep you protected; and it’s not paranoia.

Hackers Want Money

 

When Apple Pay came out in 2014, transactions from mobile phones have been made possible. Because of this, people don’t need to carry cash or debit card in order to purchase something. Purchasing through one’s phone might be convenient; however, it also gives hackers a direct financial incentive to create applications that would allow them to steal information and money from you.

As opposed to a physical wallet, you can install malicious applications on your phone. Of course Apple’s Store system prevents such applications from appearing, but hackers will definitely be motivated to game it the moment they realize that there is a large financial gain involved in doing so (especially in a user base that is complacent about security as a whole).

iOS’ Popularity Makes You a Target

 

Despite the decline of Apple’s iOS’ popularity, it still maintains a hold of over a third of the entire smartphone market. Making something that could infect phones as many as that much presents a powerful motivation for hackers. At the very least, there is a greater possibility that someone would make an attempt to infect iOS devices than those who uses Windows phones, which holds just above two percent of the entire smartphone market.

With the developing technology used by hackers today, there is definitely no shortage of these criminals that will take the challenge if it means the reward is the ability to obtain financial information that they can use to steal money from iOS users who mistakenly install their software. This notion sounds exciting to hackers that are motivated, and there’s no question that they will make uncompromising effort to turn this into reality.

To prevent these from happening to you, you need to make the extra mile that other people who are on other operating systems usually do to protect themselves. Look closely at what permissions applications request before you proceed in installing them. Do not install anything from an unknown or untrustworthy developer that wants access to things that the application doesn’t necessarily need.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 6:21:09 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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