The words “Mac” and “virus” in the same sentence? Yes, folks, Macs get viruses. In fact, Mac malware attacks are escalating to a level I haven’t seen in over a decade. Let’s talk about what you can do to protect yourself.
First, don’t assume that you can’t get a virus just because you have a Mac. All computers can get viruses, and threats like phishing scams and password harvesting affect everyone regardless of the type of computer they use. Pay attention to the advice Windows users receive on how to deal with viruses and Internet threats, because much of the same information applies to you.
Every Mac should be running antivirus software. My personal favorite is Intego VirusBarrier, but a good free alternative is ClamX AV. You also need to make sure your Mac has the latest software patches. Use Software Updates under the Apple menu, but don’t neglect to update your other software, especially Acrobat, Flash, and Microsoft Office.
Be aware that fake antivirus software has infiltrated the Mac universe just as it has the world of Windows. If your Mac displays a message saying that you are infected and need to buy some super-special software, assume it’s snakeoil. Run a bona fide tool like the ones mentioned above, and never, ever click on anything you are not certain is legitimate. When in doubt, use Force-Quit (option-command-escape) instead of the red X to quit.
The world of Internet threats is ever-evolving, so stay tuned to Tech Tips for the latest Mac security help.
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