25.7% of Mac devices have a peer-to-peer file sharing product installed compared to 31.1% of Windows devices
Windows Public File Sharing Market Share
Comparison of Public File Sharing Usage for Mac and Windows Devices
For the first time, this report includes data from Mac devices, which allows for a comparison between the activities of Mac versus Windows users. The following section takes a look at the usage of peer-to-peer file sharing for both Mac and Windows devices.
Windows users are slightly more likely to have a peer-to-peer file sharing program installed compared to Mac users. Although common, peer-to-peer file sharing is extremely risky. File sharing programs may hide malware or give malware access to a user's device without the user being aware, especially if that user does not have an antivirus product installed. Besides being dangerous to device health, there are also legal ramifications if a user were to be caught sharing copyrighted materials. If given access to a device, file-sharing programs could share and expose private records such as medical or financial information. This is especially problematic for users such as medical professionals who may have medical record data stored on their device.
Comparison of Antivirus Usage for Windows and Mac Devices
When compared to Mac users, Windows users are much more likely to have at least one antivirus product installed on their device.This discrepancy could stem from the fact that many Mac users are not aware of the increased existence of Mac-specific malware. While Mac devices may have been safe from malware in the past, that is no longer the case. Kaspersky Lab discovered 1,800 malware samples for OS X in 2014 alone, up from 1,700 samples the previous year, showing that Mac-specific malware is indeed growing.
Comparison of Real Time Protection Usage for Windows and Mac Devices
Looking more closely at the Windows users that have an antivirus product installed, 61% have RTP (Real Time Protection) enabled. For Mac users that have an antivirus product installed, only 35.2% have RTP enabled. RTP is extremely important as it provides automatic protection by checking the user's device for malware and PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
It is important to note that the data shown for the usage of antivirus software and RTP only includes third-party antivirus vendors, or those products that are installed by the user. Windows Defender has been excluded from the Windows device data because it is not actively acquired by the user. This sections seeks to show how many users are actively searching for antivirus protection.
This report shows comparisons for applications on Windows and Mac systems from data collected from users of OPSWAT Gears, a device security and management platform that is free to monitor up to 25 devices, available at opswatgears.com. This technology allows OPSWAT to collect information regarding the applications installed on endpoint computers and certain settings applied to these applications. This report includes only free OPSWAT Gears accounts. This tool is used around the world by home and business users, both by expert and inexperienced users of security software. For the purpose of the report, the sample of around 7500 users is assumed to be representative of the market, based on the wide accessibility of the tool to a large range of users. However, these results are likely to differ from those in the real world (see below for more details). OPSWAT Gears runs continuously on a user’s system as a security tool. This allows for continuous reports over time from each device that is connected, as long as OPSWAT Gears is installed. The data in this report reflects the state of each user’s computer from the most recent data transfer prior to the time of collection on May 14, 2015. The most recent data transfer from each device ranges from January 1, 2015 to May 14, 2015.
Several attributes inherent to the data collection methods may cause the results in this report to differ from real-world conditions. OPSWAT makes no claims as to the accuracy of the data in the real world market and, when possible, is continuously working to overcome the following potential anomalies:
- On average, OPSWAT Gears users are more likely to have high-functioning security on their computers than would be seen in the market as a whole. OPSWAT Gears allows IT administrators to monitor users who are not security compliant, so the act of gathering OPSWAT’s market share data also serves to remind users to increase their security capabilities.
- Though the sample size is large enough to give reliable data, some cross-comparisons and more detailed comparisons result in lower confidence levels. The sample size will continue to increase in each report since the data is collected from every current user of these products. More data in the future will allow for several new in-depth comparisons that have not been included in past reports.
- The data includes both home and corporate users. Because of the nature of the products used to collect the data, the data sample may contain a higher percentage of corporate users than what exists in the real world. The graph below uses the installed Windows version as the criterion to determine which devices are home and which are corporate users.
- These applications are marketed in OPSWAT’s own channels. Users sampled may not be representative of the general population. For example, this report may contain a different distribution of Windows operating systems and device types compared to what exists in the real world. While this report contains more than 35% Windows 8 or 8.1 users, Net Applications, a web analytics firm, reports that around 16.5% of all Windows users currently operate under Windows 8 or 8.1.
- The purpose of OPSWAT's Market Share Reports is not to make any claims on which antivirus or file sharing products are the best or to compare these products in terms of quality or performance. The purpose of this report is simply to report on the security practices of our users.
- We are unable to identify devices that have uninstalled OPSWAT Gears and have later reinstalled the program. For this reason, there is a possibility that some devices in this report may have been represented more than once.
- While OPSWAT Gears is used on devices around the world, its use is not commensurate with worldwide population distribution. Only English-language versions of this tool are available, so countries with higher numbers of English speakers are expected to use these applications at higher rates, as well as countries that have been exposed to more coverage of these tools by press and partners.
- The Mac device data included in this report was taken from a small sample as this is the first time Mac data has been included. For this reason, Mac data points have a lower confidence level.
OPSWAT is working to increase global usage of OPSWAT Gears. Stay tuned for the next market share report in April, which will feature new comparisons and in-depth comparisons of product usage.
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