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The amount of malware for Macs is continuing to surge

Author: Rob Price / Source: Business Insider

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Macs have always enjoyed a reputation as being virus-free. Apple’s famous “I’m a Mac” adverts played on it, comparing the constant security fears on Windows to the ease and safety of its OS X (now called MacOS) operating system.

But that’s no longer the case.

The number of cases of malware targeting Macs is continuing to surge, growing by 53% over just the first quarter of 2017, according to an analysis from security firm McAfee. And throughout 2016, it grew by a massive 744%.

In Q1 2017, the security firm detected more than 700,000 instances of malware on Macs. (That means it found nearly three-quarters of a million infections — not three-quarters of a million different types of malware.)

The reason for this huge and continued growth is adware bundling,…

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