Many Windows-turned-Mac users bought their new Apple computer with the expectation that they would finally be free from viruses, spyware and other security risks. However, while Macs do experience those threats less frequently, users would be remiss to leave their Mac computer completely unprotected. That kind of overconfidence might lead to the type of damage that requires serious Mac repair down the road.

Below are some of the most popular Mac security myths.

Claim #1: Macs are less vulnerable to attacks than Windows computers.
FICTION: Apple computers are not inherently any better at protecting against malware than Windows, they have simply been targeted less by hackers. The perpetrators of viruses and spyware want to target as many people as possible with their threats, and in the past, that's meant they designed more malware for Windows users than Mac users.

Claim #2: There are fewer viruses for Mac.
FACT: This is largely true, but again, it has to do more with Mac's market share than the strength of its security. Malware was a much bigger concern for Apple when it had a larger share of the market in the 1980s, but as its popularity dwindled in the 1990s, hackers instead targeted Windows operating systems.

Claim #3: It's harder to hack into Apple computers, applications and mobile devices.
FICTION: In fact, in many cases, it's easier. Security experts have shown the relative ease with which hackers gained control of the Safari browser, and even iPads and iPhones can be "jailbroken" by users with little effort.

Claim #5: Mac security measures are strong enough to handle most threats alone.
FICTION: Researchers say recent Mac operating systems offered little protection against security threats, although options are improving. Mac users are advised to consider installing additional anti-virus software, which may prevent a future call to a Maryland Mac repair professional.