Most Mac users gaze on smugly as reports of each new Windows security crisis break. And they have good reason: At press time, research from Sophos (a maker of antivirus software) showed that 68 viruses have affected the Mac while 97,467 have affected Windows. Of those 68, most are a decade old or older and don’t directly affect OS X.
But although it may seem that there’s no reason to worry about security on your Mac, you shouldn’t think you’re completely safe. Apple’s regular Security Update releases prove that there’s cause for concern, and common sense suggests that you’re most vulnerable when you let your guard down.
So how can you tell the difference between fearmongering and true dangers? We examined nine common beliefs about Mac security—and show you what you really need to worry about.