Mac users haven’t had much to worry about with malware and viruses, leaving that whole scene to users of Windows machines, but all of that looks to be changing.
According to an article published on ZDNet this week, a new piece of malware disguising itself as a form of Mac internet security is making the rounds and infecting computers. This new malware – “Mac Defender” – is employing a tactic previously used to infect Windows PCs, by telling the user that the software will protect the computer from security issues when it, in fact, is a security issue itself.
Many in the IT industry have long suspected that Apple’s operating system would eventually have to deal with an influx of security issues, with the growing popularity of Mac OS being the main reason behind this.
Now it’s finally occurring, with ZDNet’s article citing that “many frustrated Mac users think their Mac is impervious to viruses” and learning the hard way that it isn’t.
With Cyber Security Awareness Week coming up in the next couple of weeks, we’ll be giving tips on how you can become more aware of what’s going on as well as ways to help protect your computer from attacks and identity theft.
For now, if you’re a Mac user, it might be time to check out a real form of Mac internet security, such as Norton AntiVirus for Mac, Kaspersky Lab’s Mac solution, or Trend Micro’s Smart Surfing for Mac.