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According to security firm, lack of habit of installing antivirus software works to increase the spread of malware from owners of Apple computers.
A survey by security firm Sophos, which analyzed 100,000 Mac computers, revealed that approximately 20% of the OSX operating systems are infected with some viruses designed for Windows.
But before you start to scan your Mac to protect him from trouble, you can stay calm. The study also revealed that only 1 in 36 of them have some malware that has chances of causing a problem on the Apple platform, due to architectural differences between the two systems.
It is clear that although this news is a relief to many, it is worth remembering that the virus can still affect your system if you use a virtual machine that emulates Windows. Furthermore, the malicious file can be accidentally transferred to other computers running the Microsoft OS.
"Some Mac users may be relieved to know that they have seven times more likely to have a virus, spyware or Trojans developed for Windows than specific malware for Mac OS X, but this type of infection is being found with increasing more often, "says Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Mac users need to beware of the growing problem with malware," he adds.
Among the survey data, Sophos also found that 2.7% of computers were infected with viruses specifically designed. But the most frightening is that 75% of these infections were caused by Flashback, the famous malware that is giving a lot of headaches for Apple. So if you have a Mac, you better start taking more care.
"Cyber criminals see the Mac as an easier target, since their owners do not have the habit of using antivirus software and often have a higher average income than the typical Windows user," said Cluley. "Mac users need to protect their computers now, or will risk facing a problem with malware as great as that seen in PCs," said security expert.