The beauty of having to use a Mac is never worrying about any nasty malware and viruses on the Internet. For years, Mac users have enjoyed a certain level of immunity and that is what makes the Mac great. Unfortunately, due to its increasing popularity, more and more viruses and Mac malware are being created everyday. That is why it has never been more important to remain vigilant in order to protect oneself from these malicious piece of codes.
According to Check Point, the number of Mac malware has increased by more than 700 percent over the last few years. Furthermore, the cyber-security firm just discovered a new kind of nasty trojan that can infect any Mac when an unsuspecting victim opens a file attachment from an unsolicited email.
In the report published by Check Point, the trojan exists as an email with a “.zip” attachment. When an unsuspecting recipient opens the said attachment, it will then unleash a number of nasty codes. These codes will enable the attacker to intercept any data coming from it.
To make matters worse, the OSX/Dok trojan can also get past macOS Sierra’s Gatekeeper by providing a fake certificate. The good news is, the malware will still need the user to open the file attachment in order to gain system-wide access. With that in mind, there are a few steps that users can take to make sure they do not fall victim from the said malware.
First and foremost, do not open any unsolicited emails. This type of emails should automatically go to your junk mail, or better yet to the trash bin. If the sender is not in any of your contacts, consider the said email a malware carrying message.
Secondly, be vigilant. Since the Mac is still relatively safer than the equivalent Windows system, chances are you won’t need a third party anti-virus software. It will be down to the user to be aware of the files that come with emails or the ones downloaded from the Internet. Since Apple is constantly updating the macOS, chances are you will not need a third party anti-virus software to protect yourself and your computer.
Finally, make sure that you allow only apps that come from the App Store. To do this, head to the System Preferences> Security & Privacy. If you have third-party apps outside of the App Store, make sure that they come from reputable sources.
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