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!