Apple products have long had a reputation for tight security. In years past, one of the most common reasons Windows users switched to Macs was to get away from the viruses and other digital threats that constantly bombard Windows. It's the reason most Mac users don't have any security software installed.
Unfortunately, the idea that "Macs don't get viruses" hasn't been true for a while. It is true that Mac gets fewer viruses than Windows, but it can still get them, and the number is rising quickly. According to security company Bit 9, there was five times more malware detected for Macs in 2015 than 2010 to 2014 combined. Why is that?
More than 90% of the personal computers in the world run Windows, and for a long time Windows had a ton of underlying security weaknesses. That meant hackers tended to focus more on Windows and left Macs alone.
As Mac sales have increased, however, and Windows has gotten more secure, it's now worthwhile for hackers to branch out to attack Macs. In fact, just last week we reported that hackers finally found a way to infect Macs with ransomware.
That's a big problem, but Apple has a bigger problem in the future.