Flashback Trojan: 10 Things Mac Users Should Know About It
NEWS ANALYSIS: Unlike their PC user counterparts, Mac users don't expect that they will have to respond to a major malware outbreak. But the Flashback Trojan is changing that. While Apple is responding with a fix for Flashback, it's important for Mac users to learn how it could put them at risk.Although Apple has offered up a patch that will help safeguard Macs from the Flashback Trojan, dont expect that this malware quickly fade away. New variants have been discovered in the wild, and Apple is reportedly working on a fix that would, the company hopes, put the Flashback Trojan officially on life support. The issue then, of course, would be getting Mac OS X users to actually install the fix and bring the patch to their device. But until that happens, there is an awful lot to be concerned about with Flashback. Although its only infected 600,000 Macs worldwidea relatively small number in Windows termsits a major concern in the Mac OS X ecosystem. There was a common belief that Apples software had a low incidence of security flaws. That reputation has been exploded forever. The sooner Mac OS X users recognize the threat posed by Flashback, the sooner theyll be able to safeguard themselves in the future.
Read on to find out more about the Flashback Trojan and to learn about the basic security safeguards that every Mac OS X user should know about: