MacOS has always been considered a more secure system than Windows and with the necessary measures to protect its users. This aura of security has been proven over the years, with this protection being effective and real.
With its popularity growing, this has mainly become a desirable system for attackers, who have started to look at it differently. Now, and according to one study, for the first time in history, macOS has more malware than Windows.
macOS already loses to Windows in security
This new study it is Malwarebyte's responsibility and reveals a scenario that few thought possible. MacOS has surpassed Windows, but in an area where no one wants to. We are talking about malware attacks, which were in 2019 in a 2 to 1 ratio. This is the first time in the history of these systems that this has happened.
The growth figures for these malware attacks are very high, having reached 400% in 2019, in an annual comparison. The reasons given are logical and even known. The company speaks of the certainly growing number of users, which makes it a more profitable target.
Malware attacks grew by 400%
The data revealed is the responsibility of the detection made by Malwarebytes software. These reveal that it detected an average of 11 malware per device with macOS, compared to 5.8 per device with Windows. In 2018, the presence on Apple machines was 4.8.
In terms of concrete threats, the study reveals that it is not just malware that is the main threat. Adware, which leads to the presentation of advertising, is also growing and having a negative impact. It is less destructive, but much more cumbersome for the user. Most of this comes from tools that are supposed to clean machines.
Adware is another danger according to Malwarebytes
Another element that is also growing and very present in this data is NewTab. This technique leads to altering the browser search and redirecting users to sites that seek to obtain advertising income. This is by far the biggest threat on macOS.
Still, malware is still a threat to Windows. It is around 24 million detections on PCs. This represents an increase of almost 13% for consumers and 463% for companies. Windows PCs were mainly targeted by Emotet and Trickbot, two types of Trojan botnets, as well as new ransomware, including Ryuk, Sodinokibi and Phobos.