Mac users, iPhone users, iPad users live in a relative paradise compared to Windows and Android users. Does that mean that OS X and iOS are inherently more secure than Windows or Android OS?
One can make that argument, of course, but the real danger to Apple’s hundreds of millions of customers isn’t the occasional malware or trojan horse that pops up. The real danger comes from having personal data stored online, in the cloud, in the form of data in computer systems owned by banks, credit card companies, retail stores, and any other company where your personal information is collected.
Every week or see we read of another major system being hacked; credit card numbers, user IDs, and passwords being stolen. From Target to Heartbleed, cloud-based systems are under a constant barrage of attacks. Some websites are hacked, user information stolen, then the thieves demand a ransom be paid, or the data will be made public.
Worse, it does not matter how secure your Mac, iPhone, or iPad truly is. You have information stored elsewhere and it’s being attacked right now. ZDNet ran a great debate and survey recently which asked the question, “Can security software keep pace with advanced threats?”
My husband, the family techie, the geekiest man I know, reads ZDNet, which targets savvy technology readers. The answer? 88-percent said no. The rest said yes. If the folks in the know have given up, what of the rest of us.
What about Mac, iPhone, and iPad users? While our devices may be safer than comparable products in the real world, it’s our online data that’s subject to the most attacks because hackers have the most to gain. Our biggest security problem doesn’t come with weaknesses in Apple products, but might come from Apple’s online services– iCloud, iTunes, and the App Stores. Apple has over 500-million accounts with credit card numbers are file. That’s exactly what hackers want and there is little we can do about it.