Mac Viruses: The Real Deal

//Mac Viruses: The Real Deal

Mac Viruses: The Real Deal

Mac has touted itself as the safer option in computing for decades. They’ve said they are immune to viruses, less prone to spyware pop-ups and all-around less breakable. As the stronger, slicker, easier and safer brand, Apple has built a large-scale commodity around its identity.

But, as Apple’s sales and market share grows, they become a more and more attractive target for evildoers and malware creators. Many experts have been saying it’s only a matter of time before Apple gets a virus. We agree with them.

Brought To You By Flashback Trojan

The word is out. Flashback Trojan, a so-called Trojan Horse, is the newest malware to attack Macs. While it isn’t technically a virus, as it doesn’t spread from computer to computer, it does make infected Macs vulnerable to data theft and keystroke logging. It was well disguised as an installer for Adobe Flash and more than 600,000 Macs were infected before it caught the world’s attention. And later models of Flashback are capable of downloading and installing themselves without any user interaction.

If history repeats itself, we can expect to see many more permutations of this attack to come. For you Mac users who are a little rusty on cautions computing: don’t worry, we can help.

The best way to keep your Mac safe and secure is to be cautious of where you download upgrades to your plug-ins. If Adobe flash says there is an update available, don’t click the link in the notice. Go to adobe.com and check it out. The same is the case for any upgrades to your operating system (many virus experts expect this is the next place to be attacked). Do two minutes of research before upgrading and you can save yourself hours of frustration and potentially your credit score.

Also, keep your plug-ins up to date. They put security patches in as needed and a perfectly updated computer is the best defense against attacks.

Problems Solved

Here’s a great step-by-step guide to find out if your Mac has the Flashback Trojan, and a slightly more complicated way to remove it, but the problem is the Flashback creators are constantly changing the malware so it can keep gathering data for them.

If you want to make sure your Mac is clean and in the clear, don’t hesitate to bring it into our shop today. We’re more than happy run a systems check and optimize your computer to make sure it is ready to take on any malware creator.

 

By |2018-07-17T21:50:51+00:00April 12th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

About the Author:

Ivan Mladenovic is the President/CEO of Preemo. He has grown the company from a one-man-shop in his kitchen in 2009, to one of the most highly respected IT Consulting firms in South Florida.

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