As you may have noticed lately in the media there has been more and more reports about Mac’s now being affected or hit by viruses. There are reports of malware attacks on Macs very similar to the ones that Windows has been suffering from for years. There is an article on Cnet in which they talk about a specific piece of software. It hijacks your computer to make you think you have to pay to get rid of viruses that really don’t exist.
This issue might have been expected by many. In the last years Apple has become more and more popular and has outsold a few of the well established PC manufacturers. If you consider a smartphone a computer, which is an idea that is not too far fetched, Apple ends up as the top PC manufacturer according to this. There are more Macs out there, that’s what all the statistics boil down to. Unethical computer programmers who design these applications also want a payday and even though I don’t sympathize with them, I have to admit that they have good skills to be able to design an intricate piece of software to get your money. The fact that there are more Macs out there is making it worthwhile for programmers to target Macs. I really don’t see this going away, but it could get worse.