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(AV) Mac

Do I really need to use anti-virus on a Mac?

Yes. It is a very common misconception that the mac systems are impervious from malware and viruses. There is no technical reason why a Mac computer could not be infected with malware, but the major reason they have not been attacked as much is because there is a smaller population of systems to infect and gain information. A mac computer already has a built in solution for only "known" malware which Apple flags. There is no detection that occurs using heuristics or watching for malicious actions. Also the mac solutions depend on you keeping your computer up to date at all times.

How do I protect myself?

There are plenty of ways to protect both yourself and your computer; but to make it easier, below you can find a small portion of documents to help you get started:

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