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Thought Your Mac Was Malware Safe? Think Again!

One of the most often applauded perks of Macs is their invulnerability to viruses. Well, the bubble of virus-free Apple products has officially burst.

A recent outbreak of the highly invasive malware “fruitfly” has been wreaking havoc on Mac users for the past six months. The sneaky virus went undetected for years, and allows the controller of take complete control of your Mac—from files to your keyboard, from your webcam to your mouse.

Apple did recently release security patches to fight the “fruitfly” but new variants have emerged. Since Mac malware is so rare, it’s been particularly difficult to corral.

A report on CBS news follows some of the techies working to combat this “fruitfly” but it seems reigning it in is proving to be difficult, especially since no one knows exactly what the malware does or why it would be implemented.

So what can you do to protect yourself? Here’s three tips:

1. Make sure all your software is up to date. Security patches can only help you if they’re updated regularly and your system matches their requirements.

2. Always back up your computer regularly. Don’t get caught without your important documents in the event you’re infected.

3. Take security precautions seriously: have a strong password (your cat’s name is not usually a safe bet), don’t click links within emails, minimize your downloading activity, and use a pop-up blocker.

With a little due diligence you can do a lot to prevent a malware attack from crippling your tech. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

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What you’ve heard about Macs is true, but you might not know everything.

Yes, it's true! Macs don’t have as many problems as PCs, and yes it's true! That they are less susceptible to viruses. But the Macs’ many wonders don’t mean they are problem free, and the cost of Apple equipment can put them out of reach for some small businesses. Here are three strengths and common issues with the long-lauded Mac:

1: Macs have nuances and nuisances all their own. They are sometimes finicky when it comes to binding to domains, shared drives, and especially with managed security software.

2: Macs come with built in encryption software that enhances security and they integrate well with iCloud and iPhone apps but network integration can sometimes be a challenge if the system hasn't been prepped properly.

3: When the Mac has issues, solutions come fast. Imaging on Macs can be a major problem. However, with the proliferation of MDM software, it is quickly becoming less of a challenge.

Are you a Mac loving business? Did you know Mannassi IT Solutions is also a Mac expert? Macs require less service but when they do, finding the right technician can make all the difference. Let us help you with all your Mac needs!

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