Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th May 2011 20:37 UTC
Apple I have personally tried to pretty much let the whole MAC Defender trojan thing pass by, since we're not a security website. However, we have an interesting turn of events this week. An article over at Ars Technica quotes several anonymous Apple Store employees as saying that the infection rate of Macs brought into the Apple store has gone up considerably. More interestingly though, Apple's official policy states that Apple Store employees are not allowed to talk about infections to anyone - they're not even allowed to inform Mac owners if they find the infection without the customer's knowledge. Another interesting tidbit: Apple mandates the use of Norton Antivirus on company Macs, according to one Apple Store genius.
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Advice from a Windows user ...
by WorknMan on Fri 20th May 2011 22:47 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

Well, I can tell you first hand that being a Windows user is a lot like living in south central Los Angeles... you have to learn how to survive in 'da hood ;) It looks like Mac users are going to have to learn the same lessons we did, so let me give you 5 quick pointers that will take you a long way down the road of safe computing:

- The most important lesson of all is to PAY ATTENTION to what you install on your computer. You should take as much care when installing an app as you would letting a stranger in your home while you are out of town. This is especially true for any app that requests admin permissions.

- Grab a firewall if you don't have one, either one that runs on your computer or a router that has one built-in. This will protect against most/all drive-by malware looking for vulnerabilities from open ports. I think a combination of both of these is best; a firewall on the router to keep out the bad stuff, and one running on your machine to let you know when a new app is requesting to connect to the Internet. (And firewall programs that have a 'host intrusion protection system' (HIPS) have many other abilities as well.

- If OSX has the equivalent of a hosts file, grab something like this:
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

- Use a browser that has a flashblock extension, and only 'whitelist' trusted sites that you visit often, with a lot of Flash content (such as Youtube), and only allow Flash on a per-site basis otherwise. Take extreme care when visiting porn sites as well. I would also seriously recommend using an adblock extension.

- Be careful who you let use your computer. Even if you take all the security precautions in the world, all it takes is one dumbass and about 5 minutes to wreak havoc on your machine.

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