Until Apple comes out with a new, appropriate solution to deal with MacDefender, the Mac malware, and its variants, Mac users are strongly advised to keep their machines protected using an antivirus program. Though, Mac malware has not been very successful in spreading itself to infect more and more machines, that dark day doesn’t appear to be far away when it will show its true colors. The earlier version of MacDefender required users to enter the administrator password in order to let the malware installer to be downloaded and run on the machine. However, the newer variants don’t require the admin password to be entered and run on their own, depending on the settings in your browser viz. Safari.
Mac users can follow these below mentioned steps to protect themselves from being a victim to Mac malware:
Run Mac Updates - Yes, run Mac updates in order to let the patches and fixes to be downloaded and installed on your Mac machine. There are many users who don’t run these updates for whatever reason. Believe me if you skip updates, you are making your PC vulnerable to infections and attacks. Apple regularly rolls out latest patches and bug fixes for your Mac PC.
Install Anti-virus program - While Macs are little safer than other computers, it is still good to install an antivirus program on your machine so as to protect it from seen or unseen infections. You can choose from a variety of options including Sophos, Norton, and Avast among others.
Practice Safe Computing – Do not open random links sent in emails or pop-ups that come up while browsing the internet. Practice safe computing to save yourself from trouble.
Turn off Safe file opening feature in Safari - Safari, by default, automatically opens some files after these are downloaded on your machine. It prompts a malicious file to be executed automatically. Disable this feature by going in to the ‘Menu Bar, go to “Safari’, click on ‘Preferences and General’, and remove the check mark from the box saying ‘Open safe files after downloading’. This will allow you to have more control over any file that may be malicious and infect your machine. Stay Safe, Stay Protected!