During the coming year we will experience an avalanche of malware. Among them we find several threats to Mac users.

2010 will bring with it several new threats and trends.
New Web-based antivirus technology will provide users with faster protection, and will result in more frequent development to make sure the software beeing discovered and defused, Panda Labs states in a press release.

Like the past year, the focus will still be on financial profits, and we can expect to see more fake anti-virus programs, bots and Trojans. And the threats from social networking sites are expected to continue.

The term cyber-war has just begun to spread, but will probably be a greater reality next year.
Concerns about attacks that could affect the economy and critical infrastructure, has already been expressed, and we have already seen how North Korea is suspected of attacks on multiple sites in the United States and South Korea.

Mobile phones are not that exposed

Many security companies believe that mobile phones will be more vulnerable in the coming year. Panda Labs desputes the claims, however, due to the diversity of operating systems we can find on today’s phones.

Unlike computers, which in many ways is a homogeneous platform, there is a greater variability in the mobile phone market.
Differences between operators, hardware and software makes the platform unattractiv for developers. Besides, there are still relatively few users that use their mobile phone for such as banking transactions.

Probably 2010 will be the year that Google expands in to the mobile market, and although Apple has had great success with its iPhone, there will still be a few years where we will experience a more homogenous market with two to three popular platforms.

Mac will not continue to be unaffected

Unlike mobile phones, the Mac wil experience more threats in the new year. User mass is still not great enough to be as attractive as PC users, but that may change during the next year. Mac used in the same way as a PC, where users connect to the social networks, receives e-mail and surfing the internet. So the distributing systems for viruses are already in use today on Mac as well.

Developers can also easily find out if the target is a Mac user, and thereby develop software specifically adapted to the operating system. We have already seen several attacks on Macs this year, and will likely see even more of them this year.

Like the Mac, we’ll also see a big transition to Windows 7. Even if Vista made no major changes in the threat picture, the popularity around the new operating system will result in a greater migration of developers.

Shadowland users preferences

Stats from Shadowland tells us that the majority of users are using the following systems in correct order:

  1. Windows XP (36.98%)
  2. Windows Vista (33.72%)
  3. Wimdows 7 (15.62%)
  4. Macintosh (8.62%)

Since Mac is increasing its user base, the threats will increase as well. So make sure you protect yourself no matter what platform you use. No one is safe in cyberspace 😉

So, do you have the protection you need for your web experience? And what software do you use to stay protected?