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Fact Check: How vulnerable are Apple devices?

When it comes to security and privacy, Apple is serious: With each new system, whether macOS, iOS or iPadOS, Cupertino extends the measures to prevent malicious software access and prevent spying on the users. In a closed environment, as the iPhone and iPad pose, this is still relatively easy. After all, only software from certified developers runs on the App Store from these systems. In addition, Apple checks every app for malicious code. However, both are by no means a guarantee for error- and malware-free software, as will be shown later.

Under macOS turns the search for the all-encompassing security significantly more complex dar. Although there is an App Store for this operating system, in which Apple's strict rules, but on Macs also open source, freeware and beyond other programs are running that are not available in the store. As their developers often have not registered with Apple, they can not provide their apps with a valid certificate or have them notarized as Catalina required.

Theoretically, the gatekeeper's security mechanism in macOS does not allow the execution of such programs; however, the user can still force the start with one or two mouse clicks, at least under the current version of Catalina. A sensible compromise for an open system like macOS, but also a gateway for malicious software.

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