Malwarebytes: Malware threats per endpoint on Mac double that of Windows
What you need to know
- Malwarebytes Labs has published its State of Malware Report for 2020.
- The report says it saw a "significant rise in the overall prevalence of Mac threats in 2019".
- According to the report, average threats per endpoint on Mac was nearly double the average of Windows.
Malwarebytes Labs has published its State of Malware Report for 2020, revealing that it saw a "significant rise in the overall prevalence of Mac threats in 2019."
According to Malwarebytes:
The data is only derived from Malwarebytes customers but is still handy in examining the trends of threats to users when it comes to malware. The trends can be skewed by users who install Malwarebytes for the first time, who might have "hundreds or thousands" of detections from existing infections from years prior. Nonetheless, the results are extremely interesting.
In its key takeaways, the report states:
As mentioned, the 400% increase could include users installing Malwarebytes for the first time, and the detection of existing infections. However this certainly won't account for all of the increase, and as noted the threats per Mac endpoint were nearly double that of Windows. That figure of 11 threats per endpoint is a massive jump from 4.8 in 2018, showing a very high increase. As the report states:
The rise can be attributed to a growing market share, and seemingly, macOS' built-in security system's failure to crack down on adware and PUPS. Mac threats appeared at the top of Malwarebytes' overall threat detections for the first time ever.
In conclusion to Mac, the report states that only one incident involved "anything other than tricking the user into downloading and opening something they shouldn't." The report also notes:
You can read the full report, including in-depth study into iOS, Android, Mac and Windows here.
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