As Macs grow in popularity and usage, so will security threats. That being the case, it is up to you to take the steps necessary to protect your computer from intruders.


Apple Device X-Specific Threats

Macs are often viewed as the computer of choice for politicians, businessmen, and successful people of all shapes and sizes. Because of the reputation that Macs and their users hold, cybercriminals often view Macs as a treasure trove of information.

Some have even gone so far as to create Mac viruses. Below is a list of some of the risks you may encounter when using a Mac. You will learn what these viruses do, how to spot them, and how to avoid them. We also realize that the list of security threats users face shifts almost every minute. This list will be continually updated as we receive information on new viruses and prevention methods.


FAKEAV

FAKEAV first struck in 2011. Disguising itself as an antivirus security program, FAKEAV targeted Google users via search engine optimization (SEO) techniques. Essentially, FAKEAV was designed in such a way that it appeared as often as possible in search engine result pages.

Occasionally it would also spread via Facebook status updates. It appeared under several different product names, including MacSecurity, MacGuard, and MacSweeper.


Flashback

First unleashed on the public in 2011, Flashback is a Trojan virus that typically disguises itself as a Flash player. Flashback usually takes effect by modifying the contents of its victim’s web browser.


LEAP

LEAP is a computer worm that spreads via the iChat program.


How can I keep my Mac safe?

First of all, try to keep calm and remember that Macs still face far fewer risks than PCs do. If you exercise diligence and common sense in your Internet usage, your Mac will do its part in staying safe.

Secondly, most malware can only infect your Mac if you allow it into your computer. Therefore, be wary in your Internet searches and your download practices. Unless something is coming to you from a reputable source, do not download it.

Third, download and install a protection program on your computer to keep threats at bay. Be cautious, as some forms of malware disguise themselves as antivirus protection software and encourage people to download them!

Last, educate yourself on what malware is and how it might affect your Mac, but don't overwhelm yourself by trying to learn everything because there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of malware codes out there and it would be difficult to learn each one. At the very least, learn how malware may disguise itself. Learn where it can be found. Once you know these things, you’ll find that malware becomes much easier to avoid!