A common misconception among Apple users is the belief that Apple computers are immune to hacking and cyber-attacks. This is not only misleading but also dangerous, as it can lead to a false sense of security among users.

Understanding the Misconception

Firstly, it's crucial to recognise the origins of this belief. Apple's operating system, macOS, is built on a Unix-based foundation, which offers a number of security features by default. Additionally, the relative smaller market share of macOS compared to Windows has historically made it a less common target for hackers. But, this does not mean Apple is invulnerable.

The Reality of Cyber Threats

As Apple's market share and visibility have grown, so too has the interest of cyber-criminals. No operating system is immune to attack. Malware such as adware, spyware, and ransomware have all been found targeting macOS. Techniques such as phishing, which tricks users into revealing personal information, are "platform-agnostic" and pose a significant risk to all internet users, regardless of their operating system.

Evolving Threats

Cyber threats are constantly evolving. Hackers are continually developing new methods to bypass security measures. Some of these methods include exploiting vulnerabilities in software, engaging in social engineering attacks, and employing sophisticated malware designed to steal personal information or encrypt files for ransom. In the last year there has been an increasing trend in malware specifically designed to target macOS, debunking the myth that Apple computers are hack-proof.

Keeping Apple Devices up-to-date

Apple is proactive in enhancing the security of its systems. With regular updates to macOS, Apple aims to patch vulnerabilities and enhance security features. However, the effectiveness of these measures depends heavily on the user. Users often skip or postpone updates, this is dangerous and opens the door to cyber criminals. Users must ensure their systems are up to date and be vigilant against suspicious activities, such as unsolicited emails or unfamiliar software installations.

Best Practices for Apple Users

To maintain the highest level of security, we recommend the following practices for Apple users:

  • Update your operating system as soon as you are notified to do so, this will ensure you have the latest security patches.
  • Use strong, unique passwords for all your accounts and consider using a password manager.
  • Enable two-factor authentication wherever possible to add an extra layer of security.
  • Protect your business email it remains the most compromised platform
  • Be cautious with emails and links from unknown sources to avoid phishing attempts.
  • Install reputable antivirus software designed for macOS to detect and remove malware.


While macOS does offer a number of security advantages, no system is entirely safe from cyber threats. By staying informed and adopting solid cybersecurity practices, Apple users can significantly reduce their risk of becoming cyber-attack victims.

The belief that Apple computers are immune to hacking is a myth that needs debunking - awareness is crucial. It's not about fear; it's about awareness and action. Together, we can create a safer digital environment for all.

Reach out to Malcolm on info@cybersaber.eu or (+351) 911 828 605, or contact Kurt on kurt@algarvecomputercentre.com or (+351) 934 807 027. They will help you make sure your Apple devices are safe and sound.