Some people make the assumption that Macs can’t get malware, that it’s somehow a Windows-only problem. Unfortunately that’s not the case, any computer can get malware such as viruses and trojans (read here for some examples). And there are some companies that already make antivirus software for Macs. Further evidence of the need for antivirus … Continue reading Mac OS X Now Comes with Antivirus
Another Mac trojan. There’s a program for Macs called MacCinema Installer. The filename is: Flash.Player.Update.v9.19.dmg. Some web sites claim that you need to install it to watch their videos. When you install it, it adds something to your Mac so that every 5 hours it will try to download malware. So if your Mac becomes … Continue reading MacCinema
Macs are not immune to malware such as trojans. At the moment there are some pirated copies of Apple iWorks 2009 and Adobe Photoshop for Mac, and some people think it’s a good idea to download pirated software. Unfortunately there’s currently a trojan called OSX_RSPLUG.B that is hidden in some pirated versions of these programs. … Continue reading Trojans for Macs
Apple has released a major update to Mac OS X. If you use a Mac you should first make a good backup of your computer then apply this update. It patches over 40 security vulnerabilities (don’t let anyone tell you Macs are completely safe and invulnerable). The latest version is 10.5.3.
This article explains some things you can do to make a Mac more secure. Most of these ideas would also apply to Windows (XP and Vista), and Linux (in a more general sense).
I’m not sure what to make of this one. It’s a long complicated email I received that is obviously fake. A little research on Google leads me to believe Dr. Valentyna Petrenko didn’t really send it and that he’s name is being used without permission. But it’s so difficult to read that I’m not sure what … Continue reading Complicated Ukraine Scam Email
Melbourne (Australia) has a transport ticket system called Myki. If you use it there’s currently a security risk you should be aware of. If you purchase a ticket using their ticket vending machines and pay by credit card, the machine issues a receipt. The receipt shows the credit card owner’s full name, the card’s expiry … Continue reading Melbourne Myki System
At the end of 2011 (just recently) the total number of unique malware (viruses, spyware, etc) reached 75 million. That’s 75 million different threats people created to cause havoc, steal passwords and steal money from you. The internet can be a dangerous place. The figure comes from a report by McAfee. They also report that … Continue reading 75 Million Unique Malware
In the last few days there have been some malicious videos posted on Facebook. If you use Facebook and see any of the following videos, don’t click on them., a video of disgraced former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid an X-rated video of celebrities Rihanna and Hayden Panettiere These … Continue reading Facebook Videos