As Apple becomes more mainstream in business environments, it is important to realize that the platform requires some of the same protection that Windows PC needs. Mainly, Macs need to run anti-virus software as more Mac specific viruses and malware are created. Earlier this year, researchers uncovered two separate malware packages that can be purchased on the dark web. This also appears to be the first time that Mac OS has been specifically targeted with the “malware-as-a-service” approach. This allows a “hacker” to purchase a tool as needed and then attempt to compromise a machine. These techniques have existed for Windows for some time, and with the growth of Apple products, have been ported to the Mac ecosystem.
Researchers are also starting to notice that malware that used to only target Windows based systems is now being ported to run on MacOS. We are also starting to notice email based phishing attacks that are aimed specifically at Mac users. All of these threats add up quickly, and highlight the need for additional security software. Mac users are also subject to the same kind of “pop up” message asking them to call for “support” and that the Apple device is infected. Sometimes these pop ups take on the ability to alter settings with your web browser to be displayed as your home page.
Additionally, many industry respected publications have started to address the need for Apple computers to have antivirus software. Gartner, PC World, and MacInsider have all come to the conclusion that within the business environment, Apple users have a false sense of security. Based on trends found in 2016, and continuing into 2017, each publication has made a recommendation on making sure Apple computers have adequate protection. Plummer Slade has always recommended using antivirus on all systems, regardless if it is Apple or Windows based. Malwarebytes can also now be used to scan a Mac if there is concern the computer may be infected with Malware.
With more people starting to target Mac OS, the same security precautions that you would apply to Windows need to be applied to Mac OS. First, make sure you have a reputable antivirus application installed. Second, you can run scans with Malwarebytes as well now. Third, do not click on attachments or links contained in unknown emails. Details like these examples are outlined and discussed in PSI’s Cyber Security Training. Even if you have had training before, the nature of internet threats has most likely changed then. PSI regularly updates the material to make sure it contains up to date facts to keep your business safe.
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