Nowadays the topic of data security is one of the most argued and popular topics in IT world. Malware and viruses are becoming more and more cunning and people do want to safeguard their personal data, and are ready to pay money for that.
Many IT companies are glad to offer antivirus products to their customers, and many millions of dollars are invested into security solutions. As a result of this – a strong rivalry is supported among most well-known manufacturers of antiviruses.
Though, not only antiviruses are made to secure a common user’s data. It is already not a secret that Windows operating system is much more vulnerable to viruses and malware, than any other. Due to its own architecture it has got many backdoors and holes which are easily used by hackers to steal info from PCs.
That’s why people more and more pay their attention (and, consequently, money) to Mac OS X from Apple. Being constructed upon a hybrid XNU core, Mac OS X offers really high level of file protection on its own, without any antiviruses and other stuff – in other words, the vulnerability of this operating system is much more feebly marked, than the very same Windows basing upon NT platform (yet they promise NT 6.2 for Windows 8 and Windows Server 8 to be a bit less vulnerable, but we’ll check that out with the official release). Such factors lead to gradual growth of Apple computers popularity.
But according to statistics, more than 92% of all PCs worldwide are operated under Windows OS. That’s why it is economically profitable for hackers to write malware designed specifically for Windows – because roughly in 9 cases out of 10 such viruses crawl into a PC, operated by Windows.
Up to the present time Mac owners practically didn’t have any trouble with malware – just because the percentage of Mac users among PC owners was extremely small and nobody considered
But today the situation is becoming a bit different: people begin to use Mac PCs and MacBooks more often, and it seems that hackers are beginning to include Mac owners into the list of potential victims.
The proofs of such supposition can easily be seen already now: many Mac owners have already become victims of ID theft and carding – and they strongly insist that they didn’t use any other PC except their Mac.
On a closer examination of the facts, they were admitted to be right – practically all of them had a couple of backdoors and a key logger on their machine. By means of these simple tools hackers used to steal their credit card details and other personal data.
And today it happens more and more often – so it’s time for Mac users (actually I am one as well) to make some decision concerning the security of personal data.
The solutions provided today are still being worked over, but a few of them are likely to become the leaders of this niche.
As an IT engineer, I may assert that they have been invested in the right way and therefore written by right people, who do understand the subject. I’ll tell a bit more about each product a bit later, as soon as I finish testing them all.
Author: Carl Glass who authored this article is a technology blogger and IT consultant with the experience in computer engineering and informational systems design. His activities include supervision of the Mac-uninstall.com as well as a number of other sites and private consulting services in IT field.