I’m pretty sure we’ve been over this before. I’ve had friends post on Facebook about how their computer got infected with this virus or that malware, only to have their friends offer a very “helpful” piece of advice: “Why don’t you just get a Mac?”

Are Macs really impervious to harm? A recent post on the Malwarebytes Blog certainly thinks not. They’ll admit that viruses and malware on Macs aren’t nearly as common as they are on Windows PCs, but it’s simply a matter of numbers. Hackers and cybercriminals would rather go after a larger user base, but Mac ownership is growing, responsible for some 7.5% of global personal computer sales.

And when there are more Macs, there will be more cybercriminals targeting the platform. And while Malwarebytes admits that Mac OS X has a built-in anti-malware feature, it is still imperfect. Macs are particularly vulnerable to adware. “Adware-riddled installers are everywhere,” said Malwarebytes Mac Offerings Director Thomas Reed, “and its becoming harder and harder to tell where a safe place is to download software.”

Let’s not forget about ransomware, spyware, and data theft too.

Of course, the post by Malwarebytes on the perils of Mac malware is anything but impartial — they want to sell you some protection programs — but it’s still a message all Mac owners should take to heart.

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