Myth: Apple Products Don’t Get Viruses

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Robert Siciliano

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Have you ever bitten into an apple and found a worm? I have, and it’s yummy!

Anyway, how many times have you heard, or even said, “I won’t get that computer virus because I have a Mac”? 

While Mac users tend to feel somewhat insulated from viruses, it’s time for anyone who owns an Apple computer, iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device to listen up.

The growing popularity of Apple products has inspired cybercriminals to create viruses that will harm Macs.  Until now, Macs have been immune to these threats, but McAfee Labs is seeing the very first wave of fake programs targeted at Mac users.

In other words, there are an increased number of programs known as “scareware,” which claim to protect users from viruses, but users who attempt to install the supposed antivirus software are actually downloading malicious software.

This malware can damage the user’s computer or compromise personal information, including banking details.

Mac users are also equally susceptible to phishing and other social engineering scams, if not more so, since they may have an inflated sense of security that can lead to riskier behavior.

It’s important for Mac users to be aware of these emerging threats and take the appropriate precautions.

To avoid becoming a victim, download Mac updates as soon as they’re available, so you’re protected from these latest threats.

Never download or click on anything from an unknown source.

When searching the web, use the safe search tool, which tells you if a site is safe to click on or not, right in your search results.

Keep your computer safe by installing security software.

With more than 11 million victims just last year, identity theft is a serious concern. McAfee Identity Protection offers proactive identity surveillance, lost wallet protection, and alerts when suspicious activity is detected on your financial accounts.

Educate and protect yourself by visiting CounterIdentityTheft.com.

Robert Siciliano is a McAfee consultant and identity theft expert. See him explain how to protect yourself from identity theft on CounterIdentityTheft.com. (Disclosures)

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Lance Baker No truth here. Name on computer virus that harms OS X.... well? That's what I thought. You are simply repeating the real urban myth: "OS X gets attacked". The truth is any system can get a Trojan horse. Those cannot harm OS X. They just try to trick you, like those "Work from home" ads. Back in 2006, a worm was discovered that could damage uninstalled apps after the user installed the worm (it could not install itself), but it could not damage any OS X system files or any installed apps. That wall of protection remains unbroken to this day. You know if someone could make amazing headlines by creating an effective OS X virus, he would. It's nothing at all to do with market share.
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Anthony M. Freed To assert that OS X is somehow immune from attacks is ridiculous. To say that malware authors do not invest a lot of resources into developing malware for OS X because the market share is too small to make it worth their while is accurate. I will throw this link in just for fun:

https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/13593-Multi-platform-Java-Botnet-Targets-Widows-and-Mac-OSX.html
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