As a Mac user, I (and many others) had a couple of unwanted wake-up calls this past week. The increased frequency and effectiveness of attacks on Apple products has finally buried the myth that Mac’s are invulnerable and don’t require security software – they most certainly do.
Tumblr announced that it's iOS app could allow passwords to be compromised and released a security update for iPhones and iPads, recommending all users install it immediately. They also recommended changing your password, especially if you used that same password elsewhere. Hopefully, you don’t do that, realizing that it’s very smart to have a unique password for everywhere and everything, even though that seems like a pain.
Up until just a few years ago, Apple actually claimed on its website that Macs couldn’t get infected, and many Mac users still think that they’re immune to viruses, Trojans, etc. Well, the bad guys are now exploiting this mistaken belief and getting rich doing it. A “ransomware” scam has been targeting Macs by taking control of files and causing the following warning to appear on unprotected computers: “You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content. To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obligated to pay a release fee of $300." If you don’t pay, it’s a huge hassle to get rid of this message, although it is doable.
But guess what? If all those Macs, iPhones and iPads had some top-notch security software installed, they wouldn’t have become victims. Simple as that. It doesn’t take much research to find products like Webroot’s SecureAnywhere Complete (it also works for PC’s) that provides complete online security for computers and mobile devices. In fact, it’s available as a free-trial, and there are big discounts that make it a bargain if you decide to buy it. Take a look at it in action:
So, once again, if you think you don’t need you need protection just because you’re on a Mac, you’re wrong. Get some or upgrade what you already have now, before it’s too late.
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