Security this week: Threat and response

November 16, 2015
5 minutes read

This week, I’ll be talking about one system that’s historically been viewed as being fairly “safe” and virus-free, and an impressive shift in how we’re thinking about city safety.

Mac malware

To begin, let’s look at macs. Historically, people who’ve purchased macs have invested less time and effort into antivirus protection. This is because in the past, people viewed their mac devices as safer, with better safeguards and less viruses attacking them.

Unfortunately, there has been a massive increase in the number of malware attacks that are targeting macs (if you’re not sure what malware is, check out the post where I discuss malware).

From 2010 to 2014, there were 108 malware attacks targeting mac devices. In 2015, there have already been 984. That’s a massive increase that mac users can’t afford to ignore if they want to keep their information safe! Antivirus software that’s up-to-date and running regularly is key to keep your device safe, no matter what device you’re using.

Safe cities

Moving from the bad to the good, I’d like to mention a big security win — safe cities. Every year, The Economist publishes a list of the safest cities, according to a variety of factors.

This year, they’ve added a new key measure — digital safety. Your online security is critical, and that’s now being recognized in meaningful ways. Now, when you travel you can keep apprised of not only your physical safety, but your digital safety as well!

By Brian Masson

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