Protecting your Mac: The prelude

  So as of recently, there has been a lot of talk in the Mac world about the malware that has been biting Mac users.  I mentioned this in a post about a week ago, the name of it being "Mac Defender" (the irony), and now it has gone under the names of "Mac Protector" and "Mac Security".  Most people have been talking about the malware and how to remove it.  I’ve always mentioned not taking chances with the security on a Mac, even using anti-virus apps myself since day one.  

So the next few posts are going to be over how to keep your Mac secure.  I’ll be covering it over several videos, as well in my regular posts.  I likely won’t mention how to  remove the virus unless specifically asked to.  If you have any questions or suggestion about security on a Mac, feel free to comment, email me me at easyosx@live.com, or send me a tweet @EasyOSX.  The topics will cover Mac’s built in security, securing your 3rd party apps (browsers, etc) and other security-centric Mac apps.

Thanks for reading, and safe computing.

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New Mac Malware: Be Prepared

It has just been found that there is new malware for the Mac going around the Internet. The malware, called MACDefender, takes advantage of your web browser’s (like Safari) “open safe files automatically” feature, and pops up an installer. The malware looks like a legitimate Mac antivirus, but is really a scam. Once installed, it randomly directs your browser to pornographic sites, making you think you have a virus, and asks you to pay for them to fix it.

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The malware is more of a scam than a hack or security hole, but nevertheless you should be on your guard. The malware hijacks common search terms in Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. to make itself a top result that you are more likely to click on.

To protect yourself, turn off automatic downloads in your browser, update any anti-virus software you may be running on your Mac, and don’t go to any strange websites.

If you have it installed or need want more information click this link to CNET:
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20058847-263.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=MacFixIt

Thanks for reading, and stay safe.