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Can My Apple Computer Get Viruses?

At Chipheads Computer Repair we often meet customers with Apple devices such as MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Minis that were under the impression their computer simply cannot get viruses or other malware. This myth has existed since the 90s when schools, libraries and other institutions used primary Apple devices. As time went on viruses, malware and other threats have become a bigger problem. Today, Chipheads Computer Repair in Richfield is discussing which threats can affect mac computers, whether or not these devices come with antivirus software and things you can do to keep your Apple device safe. Have questions? Interested in our computer repair services? For any of your needs, contact our computer repair shop nearby today.

What Threats Affect Mac Computers?

When it comes to the threats that can impact a Mac device, the list is quite similar to a Microsoft computer. Viruses, ransomware, trojans, adware and even phishing can occur. These threats Apple users just as vulnerable as those running the latest version of Windows.

Do Macs Come With Antivirus Built-in?

While Macs do not come with typical antivirus software, there are many systems in place to reduce your risk of threats. These include XProtect (a file containing malware definitions that is checked when any new applications are downloaded/installed), a Malware Removal Tool which removes threats detected by XProtect, Gatekeeper which blocks applications created by Malware developers and the built-in Security & Privacy settings which stop problematic applications from being installed at all.

Keep Your Mac Device Safe

Much like any other computer, there are quite a few things you can do to keep your device safe. Be sure to keep everything updated, including your operating system, do not download anything not from a trusted source, keep your firewall enabled at all times and look into antivirus software for Mac devices.

Schedule Virus Repair in Richfield, Minnesota Today

Think that your Macbook, iMac or other Apple device may be having problems? Looking for Apple computer repair in Richfield or the surrounding Twin Cities areas? Chipheads Computer Repair would be happy to help with any of your needs, contact us today.


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