Mac, iTunes or App Store users beware of recent Apple malware

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Mac, iTunes or App Store users beware of recent Apple malware

It’s reported that 600,000 Mac users have been infected by the widespread Flashback trojan and now more Apple malware has been found, called Sabpab, exploiting the same java vulnerability. Why are these a concern? The criminals behind these malware programs can receive screenshots of your Mac, upload and download files remotely, and execute commands on your machine!

The recent attacks have highlighted that Mac users are no more secure than Windows users, despite a long-standing reputation that Macs are safer. Whilst Berserk Computers don’t service Apple products, we advise Mac users install anti-virus software and we recommend Sophos Free Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition.

Not another phishing scam

In other Apple news, iTunes and App Store customers will now be prompted to enter 3 security questions and an alternative e-mail address, should your Apple account be compromised. With the amount of attention on Apple’s recent security concerns, some users of iTunes and App Store have become cautious when prompted for this information whilst trying to make a purchase. Apple have confirmed these steps are genuine to protect users’ accounts and are not another form of phishing or other type of scam.

As with all security details, you should choose questions that are difficult to guess the answers to, for instance, your grandfather’s name or your first phone number. Consider changing your password to something secure, such as a misspelling of a word or perhaps a song lyric to create a longer password.

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