VPN service provider Atlas VPN recently published an interesting report regarding hackers’ preferred operating systems. The analysis covers the beginning of 2022 and in particular the months of January, February and March.
More than 300,000 malware created every day
Atlas VPN reveals that in January 2022, 11.41 million new malware were detected. In February, hackers were a little less active, with only 8.93 million new malware detected. In March, the figure fell back to 8.77 million.
It’s all the same impressive: in the first quarter of 2022, we have to count on nearly 30 million new malware discovered.
Android and Windows much more affected than iOS and macOS
The balance still tips in Apple’s favor when it comes to risk in the face of the malware threat. Indeed, Atlas VPN adds that in 2022, so far, it has been counted 25.48 million new malware that can operate on Windows and at least 530,000 new malware targeting Android. In comparison, macOS is very quiet, with only 2,000 new threats identified.
Periodically, security reports like this one provided by AtlasVPN show that Apple OSes are much safer when it comes to targeting hackers, especially malware, as both Windows and Android systems. According to the figures presented here, it is not even comparable as the macOS vs Microsoft differences are enormous.
User security is also a key point for Apple, regularly highlighted in its keynotes or advertisements. It constitutes, with the ecology and the private data of users, this trio of battles that Tim Cook has been fiercely leading for several years.
And it is precisely the impermeability of its systems, macOS and iOS, which, according to the Californian firm, would be undermined with an opening to third-party app stores. A principle that the European Union would like to impose in particular for all tech giants, among other new anti-competitive regulations: the impossibility for a company to limit users to the use of a single pre-installed app store. However, this is notably how iOS and macOS protect themselves against the invasion of malware. Each application, before being validated for availability on the App Store, must be verified by Apple. This is sometimes a headache for developers. And this can constitute a lack of openness for users. But isn’t that the price to pay to use your machine quietly without fearing each day to find yourself targeted by new malware?