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Apple: Increasing Popularity = Increased Vulnerability

Once upon a time, Mac users could take for granted that their computers were free of viruses and other malware. Apple prided itself on having the most secure operating system, while Windows computers required a variety of programs installed for protection. However, with the increase in popularity of the Mac, those days are no more.

Mac Flashback Virus

Earlier this year, many reports were released about the Mac Flashback virus, which is essentially a Trojan horse that has infected more than half a million Macs. According to the Head of Global Research and Analysis tem at Kapersky, the malware hit the computers after it was hidden within a fake Adobe software update. When Mac Flashback was detected, Apple in turn released a security patch to eliminate it. Unfortunately, it is only viable to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and more recent Mac operating systems. Anyone who owns a pre-Snow Leopard system will not be able to eliminate the virus.

Mac Defender Virus

However, even before Mac Flashback reared its ugly head, there were reports of the Mac being targeted by hijackers and infected by viruses. In 2011, there were several reports of the Mac no longer being safe and that individuals who once targeted Windows computers had Apple in their crosshairs. Last year’s virus was known as Mac Defender and was disguised as a virus scanner. Many Mac users were not hit, which is probably why it did not quite create mass panic among users. At the same time, once the news of Mac Defender circulated, the amount of owners installing antivirus software to their devices increased.

Security Issues Lead to Mac Infection

Given the incident of the Mac Flashback virus, Mac users can no longer look down their noses at Windows users and delude themselves about being safe. There are definite security issues in Apple machines that cannot be overlooked. Hackers and hijackers will always exist in the cyber world, and they have no doubt grown bored of compromising the same platform over and over again.

Be Wary of Your Downloads and Use Antivirus Protection

Mac users can protect their precious systems by using their wits. Never download any programs to your computer unless they come from trusted sources, such as the App Store or software you have purchased. While you may not have to install all the safeguarding programs you need for your Windows computer, it is wise to install a good antivirus on your Mac. In spite of the number of years where the platform was virtually untouchable, there are a number of antivirus programs that are geared toward protecting Apple computers. Your best bet in selecting the one for you is to research them on a website like CNet.com.

Never Save Passwords on Shared Macs

Another measure you can take to ensure the security of your Mac is to not save passwords for websites on which you enter your social security number or credit or debit card information. This is especially important if the computer you use is one that is shared, such as your work or school machine.

One thing to remember is that when you are using a Mac computer, you are always prompted to enter your password whenever there is a download available. Be very careful of where downloads emerge from, especially over the Internet, as it very well might be malware.

Author Bio:- Lindsay Renee is a freelance tech consultant and writes on behalf of promotionalpencils.biz.

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