Hi Everyone! I ran across an article this week, and I wanted to share my thoughts on it.
The article involved a malware infection of apps in the Apple app store. But, it inspired me to look deeper into the vulnerabilities with Apple products.
I’ve heard many times how Apple products are safer than Microsoft, or any other competitor because of proprietary coding and hardware. Performance wise, I won’t argue that. But from a security prospective…I’ve always had trouble believing that. But is it true?
According to the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), a global database maintained by NIST, Apple products are MORE vulnerable than Microsoft Windows products! MUCH MORE VULNERABLE!
In a trade study report called “Most vulnerable operating systems and applications in 2014″ from Cristian Florian of GFI, he noted Apple Mac OS X and IOS are the 2 most vulnerable operating systems reported to the NVD.
“It is interesting that although Microsoft operating systems still have a considerable number of vulnerabilities, they are no longer in the top 3. Apple with OS X and iOS is at the top, followed by Linux kernel.” – C. Florian
In fact, Apple iOS had more vulnerabilities reported than Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Server 2012….COMBINED! Mac OS X was the worst on the list with over 140 vulnerabilities reported.
Here is a link to the report: http://bit.ly/1FLTO6R
Here are 5 simple things you can do for Apple OS related products right now to start protecting your computer or device.
1. Stay up to date on patches, updates, and releases. Keep your device up to date will ensure you have the latest vendor fixes to any known problems.
2. Install an antivirus program. While they are not foolproof, they will provide some level of protection from well-known threats. There are free versions like Lookout or Avira for the iOS and Avast or AVG for Mac OS. Of course, there are paid versions that provide much more protection as well.
3. Be careful about using email applications on your phone. Those sneaky emails with links that send you to infected websites and other dangerous places affect your phone the same as your computer. Know who sent you that email before you open or click anything. If you don’t know, don’t open it.
4. Download apps or software from trusted sources only. If you’re not sure of the developer or vendor, research them on the internet before installing anything. If they don’t have good reviews or have complaints about how the product performs, move on to something else.
5. Make sure you keep running services to a minimum. Double-click the “home” button and look at all the services running on your device! Swipe them up to stop the process. This limits the amount of communications from your device and can save you on your data as well.
Obviously, there are more technical things you can do. But it’s the simple things that are most effective.
I hope you found this information helpful. Leave me a comment below if you have any questions.
Talk to you soon!
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