Mac Users: Think You Can’t Get A Virus? Think Again.

7 Oct

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IT’S A COMMON MYTH THAT I HEAR OFTEN: MACS DON’T GET VIRUSES. It’s simply not true. What is true? If you don’t have up-to-date anti-virus software, you’re playing with fire.

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Norton automatically detected this phishing site, which, coincidentally, is designed to look like a legitimate Norton page.

I use Norton Internet Security, which is available for Mac and PC. A one-year subscription is about $60, and makes sure I have the latest virus definitions through its LiveUpdate feature. This is CRITICAL. If you don’t have the latest definitions installed, your software will only search for old viruses. Updating the definitions ensures that you have protection against the latest ones.

Norton also has other protections. For example, it warns me if I visit a suspicious website, as it did when I was searching for the url to add to this post. To be clear, this warning can be triggered by suspicious content from any source, not just a Norton impersonator.

Even with my vigilant efforts to prevent my Mac from getting a virus, Norton AntiVirus, the software I use, found not one, but two. The infected files were sent in SPAM emails that made it into my Time Machine backup volume. They proved tricky to delete at first, but with the help of Norton support, I was able to get rid of them before they did any damage.

Don’t put yourself and your data at risk. Whether you have a Mac or PC, to make sure your computer is virus free, you MUST have anti-virus software, and update the definitions regularly! 

 

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