PC or Mac: Which is more resistant to cyber threats?

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The Mac vs PC debate did not start in the recent past; it was present as long as I can remember, and both the parties have their points of upsides and downsides, but coming to security, which one is more resistant to cyber threats? Let us find out.

Cybercriminals are ever-evolving; the cyber threats initially to Macs were far less than those to PC, but hackers always come up with a way to do their job and, recently, even with Mac. Macs are getting quite vulnerable, just like PC.

While Macs' elegant look and simplicity contribute to their popularity, the lack of persistent virus threats is likely also a factor. Because of its ever-increasing, less cautious user base, macOS has become a high-value target for cybercriminals.

But the reality is that in today's scenario, both Macs and PCs are almost equally vulnerable. Users of both operating systems should take quick actions to ensure that their systems are secure, as the threat of malware and other web threats grows year after year.

Now let's look at some areas of comparison and see which is more resistant to cyber threats.

Browser Security

Safari, Mac's default web browser, has just been updated to include sophisticated ad-blocking capabilities. Blocking advertisements, intrusive pop-ups, and undeclared tracking can protect Internet users from very compromising touchpoints. Due to Safari's slower upgrade cycle, third-party browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox rank higher than Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge (replacement for Internet Explorer), the native browser for Windows, has made an effort to separate itself from its predecessor's negative reputation. While they have a good update cycle with weekly security updates, their approach to user diagnostic reports is at best dubious. It ranks lower than practically every major Internet browser, including Apple's Safari, because these reports are traceable with IDs for every user device.

Application Safety and Third-Party Apps

Apple's software is subject to strict regulations, which means there is less bloatware. Apple goods cannot utilize third-party software or apps unless they jailbreak their devices, which voids the company's warranty and support.

You may install third-party software on a Windows PC, making it easier for malware to infiltrate your system. You can, however, download free antivirus from the Windows Store, albeit it may not be as efficient against malicious malware as premium versions.

Update Frequency

When compared to Windows, Mac appears to be significantly less proactive in seeking and fixing security concerns. Because hostile parties target macOS less frequently than Windows, it may not now require a regular update cycle. Because proactive security is the best security, macOS may be missing critical security updates.

Windows looks to have a better track record of detecting and patching security flaws. This could be because hostile actors are probed significantly more frequently, but the effort is still worthwhile.

Maintenance of Security

In comparison to Windows, Apple's operating system requires less security maintenance. Because there are fewer risks on Macs, there is a lack of urgency in security upkeep. This is because there are fewer Mac systems around the globe. However, as the user base grows, the threat surface grows as well. Non-technical people choose Macs because they are easier to use and maintain. However, Mac dangers exist, and users may become complacent in their security assumptions, exposing them.

When compared to Mac OS, Windows OS necessitates a higher level of security awareness. Anti-malware protection is included in both of these operating systems. But, since the attack rate is more in Windows, users must be careful in updating system components like browsers, drivers, third-party antiviruses, etc.

Whichever OS you prefer to use at the end of the day, you must take care of your system and be careful with the do's and don'ts to protect yourself from cyber-attacks.

Updated on 07-Feb-2022 12:09:34