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Most people who pride themselves as "tech savvy" are either obsessively PC or die-hard Mac users.  But what if you just don't feel that strongly one way or the other and just want to know which operating system, Microsoft Windows 10 (for PCs) vs. Apple macOS, offers better security?  Well, you've come to the right place, because we're going to compare the two for you and let you know what the experts think.

When choosing an operating system for your personal use or for your business use, you'll want to look at just how the two most popular desktop OSs keep systems and data safe from malware and ransomware; hacking and unauthorized access; software and hardware exploits and more.  Truth is, both OSs are adequately secure when the user follows their favorite IT specialists' recommendations. Below is a summary of Microsoft Windows 10 and Apple macOS base security features compared:

Microsoft Windows Security

Initially, Microsoft's flagship Windows program was unfortunately the most successfully attacked operating system in the history of computers, but Bill Gates put his foot down and dedicated a ridiculous number of resources to making Windows more secure. The result is significantly fewer security bugs per thousand lines of code, more security features and choices, less surface attack area and more secure defaults.  The security of Windows 10 is the continuation of Microsoft's efforts to offer an appropriate secure, general purpose operating system that would work for the masses and across multiple devices including mobile.

Apple MacOS Security

For a long time, Mac users didn't have to worry about viruses or malware.  The vulnerabilities in the Mac operating system were rarely known or exploited. So many more people were using PCs, so the Windows users were a much better target for infecting larger numbers. These days, the potential Mac threat landscape isn't as on other platforms, but Mac users can no longer afford to ignore the possibility of being a major target of malicious software.  As more and more Apple devices are purchased, the risk of being targeted will grow and grow.  Macs, on the whole, are only somewhat more secure than PCs.  The macOS is based on Unix, which is generally more difficult to exploit than Windows.  While the design of macOS protects you from most malware and other treats, using a Mac will not protect you from human error - which is what most Mac users fall victim to.

Why do hackers target PCs? Economics.

According to NetMarketShare, Windows is more commonly used than all of the macOS operating systems combined.  Windows accounts for over 88 % of the market, so cyber sneaks targeting Windows PC just makes good economic sense.  

Macs are just as vulnerable as PCs

Both Macs and PCs are very vulnerable to web threats and cyber attacks.  The rising popularity of Macs makes them an increasingly more attractive target for cybercriminals resulting in more Mac users falling victim to viruses, malware and web threats.  Macs do get viruses.  There are fewer malware programs targeting macOS, but the threat is still there. Apples "gatekeeper", one of the core security features in macOS, isn't infallible and it can't protect you from phishing scams or other web-based attacks.  

Whether you're a PC or Mac user with a Microsoft Windows 10 or Apple macOS: 18 Operating System, there are steps you can take to keep your systems more secure.

  1.  Keep up with software updates.  Leaving updates to your Mac of Windows operating systems undone leaves your system more vulnerable to attack. If it says "critical update", make it!
  2. Invest in education and training.  Make sure your employees are aware of cyber threats and know how to avoid them. If there's a particular one going around, tell them about it.
  3. Get an IT partner. A business like Approach Network Solutions can provide you with IT support, manage any and all software updates and deploy anti-malware protection to your Windows or Mac Operating systems and keep your data safe and secure.

Approach Network Solutions provides security protection against malware, ransomware and other cyber attacks.  We serve the Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas and also offer virus/spyware removal, disaster recovery, computer/laptop repairs, system maintenance, wireless network installation and so much more. Contact Approach Network Solutions today at 434 509 4757.

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