Malware threats against macOS surged over 1000% in 2020
What you need to know
- Malware developed to target macOS surged by over 1000% in 2020.
- 674,273 new malware samples were found in the year.
- Windows still sees 135 times more malware than macOS.
It looks like the Mac is experiencing a malware revolution.
Atlas VPN, a popular VPN service, conducted an investigation (opens in new tab) on the state of macOS malware and found that development on malware for the Mac jumped by over 1000% in 2020.
As explained in the report, malware is generally a catch-all phrase that covers a range of different threats:
That historic high of 674,273 new malware samples in 2020 is alarming, as the report found only 219,257 total samples developed between 2012 and 2019.
While the surge targeting the Mac is concerning, malware development for the Mac still pales in comparison to what is developed for Windows. According to the data, there were over 135 times more threats developed for Windows than there were for macOS.
If you want to ensure your Mac is protected against malware, check out our list of the Best Antivirus Software on Mac in 2021.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.