MacPaw – Moonlock Mac Security Survey 2023

Additional Info

Company size (employees)500 to 999
Headquarters RegionEurope
Type of solutionHybrid


Moonlock’s Mac Security Survey 2023 ( provides an in-depth analysis of the current landscape of cybersecurity threats targeting Mac users. Highlighting a significant increase in sophisticated scams and malware attacks, the report underscores the evolving challenges that Mac users face.

To understand the state of cybersecurity on Mac, Moonlock asked almost 2,000 macOS users about their experience. From their worries and concerns to their behaviors and misconceptions.

Key findings reveal that despite the common perception of Macs being more secure than other systems, vulnerabilities are being exploited more than ever, with phishing and ransomware identified as the most prevalent threats. The survey also sheds light on user behaviors, noting a concerning lack of awareness and preparedness among Mac users to effectively safeguard their devices against these threats.

About Moonlock:
Moonlock is a division of MacPaw that focuses exclusively on the cybersecurity needs of Mac users. Moonlock aims to create innovative products that seamlessly protect people from modern threats.

About MacPaw:
MacPaw is the Ukrainian-born software company known for CleanMyMac X, Setapp, and other innovative macOS and iOS tools, with over 30 million users worldwide.

Key Capabilities / Features

Main digits from Mac Security Survey to draw security community's attention to:

- 57% of Mac users either agree or hesitate to disagree with the statement that "Malware does not exist on macOS."
- Every third Mac user believes that cybercriminals aren’t interested in their data.
- Over 50% have been affected by malware, hacking, or scam.
- A third of Mac users admit to disliking software updates and often choose to skip them
- 45% of Mac users feel that they don't do enough to protect themselves from cyber threats
- 52% expressed their desire to speak with a qualified professional about safety measures online.
- A third of Mac users claim it’s difficult to find reliable sources of information on security.

How we are different

1. The Survey draws attention to the situation with Mac security, highlighting that there is a gap between real threats and Mac users’ behavior that needs to be addressed.

2. The Survey shows ordinary Mac users’ behavior that usually is not in focus of research but, at the same time, becomes one of the biggest threats to the security of businesses.

3. The Survey highlights that Mac users treat cybersecurity as something complicated and hard to understand. Thus, they chose to ignore important but basic security measures. Although the level of concern is quite high.