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A hoary old question. Plenty of Mac aficionados 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, macOS is a Unix-based operating system. As a Unix-based operating system macOS 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.

The second reason is that there are far fewer Macs than there are Windows PCs. Fewer targets, and these are harder to hack. Is it any wonder 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.

Two reports from early 2017 suggest that Macs are becoming less secure. Business Insider even suggests that Macs are now more vulnerable to viruses and attack than even Windows PCs! The CVE report on the Top 50 Products By Total Number Of “Distinct” Vulnerabilities in 2016 Mac OS X came in at number 10, and Windows at 14. And Fortune has warned of new Mac malware that can freeze Apple computers. Mac users should not feel complacent any more.

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 aficionados 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, macOS is a Unix-based operating system. As a Unix-based operating system macOS 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.

The second reason is that there are far fewer Macs than there are Windows PCs. Fewer targets, and these are harder to hack. Is it any wonder 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.

Two reports from early 2017 suggest that Macs are becoming less secure. Business Insider even suggests that Macs are now more vulnerable to viruses and attack than even Windows PCs! The CVE report on the Top 50 Products By Total Number Of “Distinct” Vulnerabilities in 2016 Mac OS X came in at number 10, and Windows at 14. And Fortune has warned of new Mac malware that can freeze Apple computers. Mac users should not feel complacent any more.

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