The one thing that most Mac users are often proud of is how secure their system is and how it has little or no threat in terms of viruses. Unfortunately that scenario is no longer true as Norton recently shared some statistics with us.
As of yesterday, Norton data showed that 270,000 Mac users were infected with the Flashback Trojan, at one time affecting as many as 600,000 people. While the number has declined, there are still too many Mac users who haven’t taken the right steps to protect themselves. Mac users should protect themselves with a scan & removal tool from a name they trust. Today both Norton and Apple released their own tools to help bring the number of infected Macs down to zero.
“The Flashback Trojan is a wake-up call for everyone who’s online – no matter what platform or device they use,” said Norton Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt. “No operating system is immune to malware attack and whether you’re using a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, you should have security precautions in place. For example, anyone running a current version of Norton security software was already protected against this Trojan.”
What is Flashback?
Flashback is a Trojan targeting Mac users, that is capable of stealing passwords and personal information without users knowing – and without even requiring an administrator password. The recent malware outbreak has made it clear that no operating system is immune to malware attack and any Internet-connected device, including smartphones, should have security precautions in place. While this is the largest malware outbreak we’ve ever seen on the Mac platform, additional infections are possible if the appropriate security updates are not installed by all Mac users.
Traditionally Windows has made up a large chunk of the market share, it has always been the interest of the attackers to dedicate their time and effort into victimizing Windows users. Attackers now feel it’s worth going after Mac users perhaps because they feel there are enough users to go after and the fact that Mac users are unaccustomed to facing malware makes the OS an attractive platform to attack. Consumers should understand now, more than ever, the importance of protecting their personal information.
How can Mac users protect themselves?
For this particular case, Mac owners can go to www.norton.com/my/flashback to download a free tool from Norton that will detect and remove the Flashback Trojan from their machines. Apple has also released a new security update. Mac users should protect themselves with a scan & removal tool from a name they trust.
On an ongoing basis, consumers can secure and protect their Mac devices the same way as Windows users, and users of other operating systems:
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