Mac might not be under attack from as much malware as Windows, but according to security firm Sophos, users can't afford to have their heads in the sand.
Based on a user base of some 150,000 for its new Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition, the software collected some 50,000 malware reports between November 2nd and November 16th.
A lot of the malware detected here - such as Mal/ASFDldr-A and Mal/Conficker-A for example - just won't run on OS X. Sure, it's nice to rid you Mac of this crud, but it's not doing any harm there. But there are some Mac nasties there too. OSX/Jahlav and DNS Changer are two examples of Mac-specific malware that are indeed hazardous to the OS. These you do want to eradicate!
How worried should Mac users be? Here's what Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, had to say:
We don't see as much Mac malware as Windows malware. Not by a long shot. But that doesn't mean that Mac users can afford to have their heads in the sand about about protecting their precious computers.