(Mirror Daily, United States) – If you feel safe with iOS devices now, you should not next year, because Apple will be heavily targeted by hackers in 2016 as tech company is growing in popularity. Security firms Symantec and FireEye suggested that this will make a slight change in issues next year.
Until now, Android has been deemed as the more unsafe option in regards to malware and cyber-attacks. Its flaws were often pointed out not just by Apple users, but also numerous security firms. In fact, Android is the target of malware attacks for 96% of the cases. In 2014, 17% of the damaging software hid underneath the name of ‘app’.
For now, Apple devices remain relatively safe, but that’s probably going to change. Since the company and their operating system is growing in popularity, it will become a more valuable target for hackers. As an example, the firms offered the proportions of Macs sold with the rise of OS X computers infected. In the 4th quarter of this year, Apple sold 5.7 million Macs.
This is after a huge spike in hacked or infected devices. In the first three quarters of 2015, there were 7 times more Macs targeted than the entire number from 2014. The numbers for both sells and attacks have seen a growth. That is why the security companies warn that attacks will likely increase in 2016. In fact, Apple will become the main target, so users should be warned about potential vulnerabilities.
It was reported that a majority of the attacks on Apple products are “grayware”. Those are non-malicious apps that track the user, and it’s very difficult to detect them. That is why all Apple users, including those with smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even watches should be aware. Apple Watch for one has seen a huge spike in popularity.
Bryce Boland from FireEye warns that systems such as Apple Pay could be a dangerous source for criminals. It could potentially go beyond infecting or hacking a phone. Their influence could drain users’ accounts. However, Dick O’Brian from Symantec has stated that their report is not meant to instill fear in users. Only caution.
Apple is still a relatively safe platform, and there are much fewer Macs hacked into than Windows desktops. However, the point was to offer a proper warning to Apple users. They should not ignore threats or believe they are safe behind iOS. The number of infections are on the rise, and they will continue next year.
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