A lot of computer users have a strong feeling about which operating system they prefer to use. Once chosen, they’re typically pretty loyal, touting all the benefits of their preferred system and staking claims why their choice is obviously the best one. It’s the Mac versus PC debate and it really doesn’t matter what people choose – there’s a very good chance that they’re going to get some kind of malware on their device.
For years, Mac users bragged that their Apple computers never got any viruses or Trojans because hackers spent so much time focusing on attacks on Windows operating systems. However, it seems as though that the string of good luck is over for Apple fans: It would appear that a security flaw allows malware on to a variety of Mac computers.
A worm in the Apple
In comparison to their Windows counterparts, Macs are generally malware-free, though not entirely. However, according to NakedSecurity, a hole in the MacKeeper security and cleanup utility led to computers getting infected with a certain kind of malware. This virus is a Remote Code Execution which tricked computer users into downloading a specific of file which then allows cybercriminals to access files on the devices. MacKeeper officials have since fixed the problem, though if Mac owners didn’t get any notifications about an update to the program, they are still at risk of having this virus access their personal information.
We usually know what to look for when it comes to malware, but cybercriminals are getting increasingly sneaky and faulty links and websites aren’t as easy to spot. AZCentral reported that free downloadable programs and a lack of an antivirus solution are the two main ways that people get infected, but even if a person didn’t download anything and had a great anti-virus solution, they are still considered at risk. The source noted that one should assume that his or her computer will be exploited at one point.
If you get a virus on your computer, don’t try picking it out and getting rid of it that way. Wipe the entire computer and reload a safe copy of your files that you have saved thanks to a online backup solution. Now you know what to look for in the future and your computer is once again safe from any unauthorized parties accessing your sensitive information… at least for now.