Security: Flashback Trojan: Kaspersky's 10 Ways to Protect Your Mac

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2012-04-10 Print this article Print
Create a Non-Admin Account

Create a Non-Admin Account

The default account on Mac OS X is an administrator user, which malware writers can leverage to infect a computer. Create a non-admin user for everyday tasks like checking email and Web browsing. This can limit the damage from threats and malware attacks, according to Kaspersky's Raiu.
Costin Raiu, a security expert with Kaspersky Lab, points to a 2006 commercial that showed a sick PC and a healthy Mac as the key contributor to the belief that Apple's Mac computers don't get viruses. That idea has been shattered following a series of cyber-attacks on the Apple systems over the past year, including the Tsunami and Revier/Imuler Trojans and the Mac Defender fake antivirus program. Most recently it has been the rejuvenated and reworked Flashback Trojan, which security researchers from Kaspersky and another security firm, Doctor Web, said has infected more than 600,000 Macs worldwide since about mid-March. That's about 1 to 2 percent of all Macs being used, a percentage that puts the infection into the realm of the Conficker malware that attacked Windows PCs. Given this, Mac users need to take a serious look at the security measures they're taking, according to Raiu. Here he lists the top 10 steps they can take to ensure their Macs are as secure and safe as possible.

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