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A hoary old question. Plenty of Mac afficianados will tell you that Apple computers are inherently secure and don’t require protection. We’d argue that they are wrong – or misguided at least.

Macs are more secure – or less insecure at least – than their Windows brethren for two reasons. On the technical side, OS X is a Unix-based operating system. As a Unix-based operating system OS X is sandboxed. It’s like having a series of fire doors – even if malware gains access to your Mac, it is unable to spread to the heart of the machine. Macs are not unhackable, but they are more difficult to exploit than Windows PCs.

Which is the second reason. Not only are there far fewer Macs than there are Windows PCs, but they are harder to hack. Is it any wonder, then, that cybercriminals focus on the Windows world? All malware these days exists to make money, and the criminals who create and share such filth are not doing so because they want to work hard. They pick off the lowest hanging fruit, and that is unprotected Windows PCs.

There are active malware in the Mac world, however. And one of the biggest threats is your own behaviour. So it is definitely worth investing in Mac antivirus. Here we showcase the 8 best Mac antivirus in reverse order.

Read next: Best Mac security tips

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A hoary old question. Plenty of Mac afficianados will tell you that Apple computers are inherently secure and don’t require protection. We’d argue that they are wrong – or misguided at least.

Macs are more secure – or less insecure at least – than their Windows brethren for two reasons. On the technical side, OS X is a Unix-based operating system. As a Unix-based operating system OS X is sandboxed. It’s like having a series of fire doors – even if malware gains access to your Mac, it is unable to spread to the heart of the machine. Macs are not unhackable, but they are more difficult to exploit than Windows PCs.

Which is the second reason. Not only are there far fewer Macs than there are Windows PCs, but they are harder to hack. Is it any wonder, then, that cybercriminals focus on the Windows world? All malware these days exists to make money, and the criminals who create and share such filth are not doing so because they want to work hard. They pick off the lowest hanging fruit, and that is unprotected Windows PCs.

There are active malware in the Mac world, however. And one of the biggest threats is your own behaviour. So it is definitely worth investing in Mac antivirus. Here we showcase the 8 best Mac antivirus in reverse order.

Read next: Best Mac security tips

 

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