Mac-Defender: A shot across the bow, an apple virus.

Mac "Rogue Antivirus" Malware

While virus’s for mac’s have been around for along time, they are generally few and very far between. I have said on countless occasions one of the best ways to prevent a Virus infection on your computer is to use a Mac. While I still stand by this, for now, the tide may be turning. Mac Defender is rogue antivirus program which has been running rampant as of late. These programs have been infecting PC’s for years and work by trying to get you to purchase a fake product and enter your credit card info. Your information is compromised, the program is now embedded in your system and can cause a host of issues, from performance issues to hard drive corruption and data loss.

There is nothing I have found as of yet that will offer 100% protection from all virus infections, barring of course staying off the internet and never connecting a usb drive or installing any software or sharing files. Given the connected nature of business and the ever growing social aspect of inter connectivity staying off the web is out of the question for most of us.

So what are we to do? Look before you click! Question everything! Read the URL for your search result, crank up your spam filter. Keep your antivirus program up to date, your windows/mac os updated and the nagging adobe and java updates, just do them…

This is a wake up call, back up everything you don’t want to lose, put data on a separate drive, not inside the computer! Use an online back up service such as carnbonite or mozy and once again, there is no such thing as a free lunch, free programs exact a toll on your system, whether poorly written, or worse, being laden with spyware or carrying a keylogger or virus. Your browsing habits are valuable, as is the information and business you do online. Be smart and when you run into problems. Call me…