Mac bloggers beware!
The age of innocence for the mac is nearing the end.
If you have been keeping up with the latest mac news, then you may be aware that there has been a mac malware that has been loose in the wild in the last few weeks.
Bloggers who use the mac for blogging and surfing the internet should beware of Macdefender and now Macguard.
Watch Out for Macdefender
Macdefender is a clever bit of social engineering style malware that is currently on the loose. This is a piece of malware that displays a popup window showing a fake virus scan of your mac computer.
This is a very professional looking piece of software. Here’s the rub: It’s not a virus scan at all. It is Malware!
Macdefender then tells the user that they are infected with a virus and offers a “solution” for you to install.
The unknowing user will be scared into believing that they need to remove the virus and then they will buy the Macdefender “virus remover.” However, this is really just a piece of phishing malware.
Don’t be tricked into installing this on your computer!
The good thing about this malware is that it does require quite a bit of user interaction in order to install. Because of the way imacs are set up, in order to install most software, it requires an administrator password.
I would recommend researching thoroughly any piece of software before installing it on your computer. A simple google search will reveal that this is not a real virus remover.
Be Extra Careful of MacGuard
Be extra careful of this new variant of Macdefender called Macguard. This is a variant of Macdefender that was announced by Intego that doesn’t require an administrator password to install.
It will still require you to go through the Mac setup procedure, so you can still take steps to prevent the installation of this software.
Macguard is set up to automatically open the setup package if you are using safari. It is downloaded automatically when someone visits an infected site.
The package downloads and if opened, will start the setup process. Keep in mind that it still requires the user to hit continue several times in order to install. But again, it is a very professional piece of malware, so be very careful when installing new software on the computer.
How to Keep Your Computer Safe
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to protect yourself from catching malware on your computer.
- Never install something when you don’t know exactly what it is.
- How to Protect Yourself from Malware
- Here are some tips that you should follow to protect yourself:
- Try not to visit questionable websites. (hacking sites, pirating sites, torrent sites, etc…)
- Turn off the Safari setting to open “safe” files after downloading.
- Never install software without knowing exactly what it is. Do a google search on the name of the software if something pops up and tries to install on your computer.
- Never put in your administrator password to install software without knowing exactly what you are installing
- Install all official updates when they are released. Many of these updates are security patches, so it’s important to keep your computer up to date.
- Get a reputable virus checker. There are actually a couple of decent mac anti-virus programs. Check out Virus Barrier Express or ClamXav. Both of those are free. (Note Virus Barrier is available in the Mac App Store, they have the express free version which does mostly scanning. For more full featured protection and virus removal, you may want to look into Virus Barrier Plus for $9.99)
Of course, Windows users have been practicing these habits for years. Mac users should practice the same habits, but many don’t because of the fallacy that they believe that their computers are safe from viruses. However, Macs are getting more popular, which makes them a target for bad people.
Bloggers should be mindful of their computer’s security. We as a group tend to visit multiple websites and surf the internet more than the average person. We also are likely to use the internet to transfer sensitive information. I know quite a few bloggers use Mac computers for their ease of use and security, but we have to keep in mind that the best ways to remain safe on the internet is to practice safe surfing habits.
If you are looking for a full featured professional anti-virus solution, Sophos is offering a free mac anti-virus program. You can find it here: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition.
You may also want to check out Norton’s Antivirus for Macs. Powerful protection against viruses and spyware that won’t slow down