Secure Your Mac from Malware

Macs are becoming more and more commonplace in business.  The first thing every business owner and Mac user needs to know now is that Macs are not immune to malware.  Here are some things to keep in mind if you use (or are thinking of using) Mac computers in your workplace:

The Problem:

1) Mac viruses have been around since 1982 and they only get more common as Apple’s platform becomes more popular.  Early viruses were transmitted via floppy disks, starting with worms like LEAP and LAMZEV.  As the Mac user base continues to grow, so do the number of viruses.  Of late, DNS (Doman Name System) changers and rogue antiviruses have been tailor-made for the Mac OS X platform.  The Flashback malware outbreak infected over 600,000 Macs in one sweep.

2) Cross-Platform vulnerabilities are attacking Macs as well as PCs.  Because Java transcends operating systems, exploits can hit both Windows and Mac OS users alike.  An attack called Crisis transformed Macs into audio surveillance machines through a Java exploit.  Apple recorded a record number of vulnerabilities in Safari for a single month in March 2012.

3) iCloud Integration doesn’t equate to added security.  Technology Journalist, Mat Honan, learned this the hard way when his entire digital footprint was deleted in just an hour.  Not only did he lose all of the files on his Mac but he also lost the files saved to iCloud when his Apple ID was compromised by an attacker.

The solutions?

Regular patching, for sure, on all your Internet-based apps, regardless if they are ones that you use on a regular basis.

Get a good antivirus application.  97.5% of Macs don’t have antivirus installed.  We highly recomment Trend Micro for Mac.  They provide solutions on a per-Mac basis or for an entire network of Macs.

Let us know today how we can help your business stay secure.

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