Security Experts Warn Of New Mac Viruses

Security Experts Warn Of New Mac Viruses

Security experts are encouraging Mac users to get an antivirus program, due to new attacks.

A new set of attacks have made their way on the scene, causing a new set of problems for Mac users who once though they were safe from viruses. As most of you know, most Mac users currently don’t have an antivirus program installed, which causes problems if their Mac becomes over taken with a virus. Historically, Windows has been plagued with viruses, and OS X has been thought to be virtually safe, but today, a security expert warns Mac users of new viruses.

Security expert Graham Cluley of Sophos, in a report from Macworld, warns users of new found viruses over the past few weeks and encourages them to get an anti-virus program to help protect their data.The most recent virus found was one that affects Word for Mac, which allows the infiltrator to gain access to the user’s files. The virus only affects the 2004 and 2008 versions of Word for Mac, not the 2011. There’s also other viruses that take advantage of vulnerabilities in Java. Cluely talks about the precautions Mac users need to take:

“As we have seen on the Windows platform, the majority of the attacks do not exploit any weakness in the operating system but instead take advantage of the bug in people’s brains. Mac users can be just as easily duped as their Windows cousins into making poor choices, and could end up infected as a result.”

Besides installing an antivirus software, experts are also warning users to keep software updated. The Word for Mac virus is a prime example of why software needs to be updated, including the operating system. If users affected were on the 2011 version, they wouldn’t have problems.

You should be fine from viruses if you’re careful about what you install, but if you want to feel a bit safer when roaming the badlands (aka the Internet), we encourage you to install an antivirus program. Sophos, ClamXav (which asks for a donation (thanks, Sonal)), and iAntivirus ($30 a month) are among the best out there.

Which antivirus are you using on your Mac?

[image via Lifehacker]

  • Cheree DeRiemer

    You said: “Sophos, ClamXav, and iAntivirus ($30 a month) are among the best out there.”
    Should be: Sophos = free, ClamXav = free, but asks for donation, iAntivirus = $29.99 (per year)

  • Sonal Khodiyar

    I am using sophos. It is good and have been using it for well over an year!!

  • Haydon Beagley

    I use ESET CyberSecurity on my Mac, as it protects me from both Windows Viruses and Mac Viruses!
    So then I am not passing on PC viruses through my Mac, and I am then protected from any Mac nasties as well!
    2 for 1 = WIN!

  • Thunder Dan

    If you have OS X Lion you cannot even use Office for Mac 2004 or 2008. Curious about the Java though.

  • howie_isaacks

    If you have OS X Lion you cannot even use Office for Mac 2004 or 2008. Curious about the Java though.

    You can too use Office 2008. I installed it for a user two days ago. Office 2008 was a universal binary. The first boxed version used an installer that was not a UB, but later revisions used a UB installer.

  • howie_isaacks

    This is just more FUD being spewed out there by security companies trying to scare Mac users into buying their products. I’m not going to buy and install annoying and invasive software based on the .0001% chance that I might possibly someday get a virus. This may not last, but I think I’m safe for now. I pay attention to what my Mac is doing, and I would surely notice if something is running without my authorization.

  • Cody_H

    I like sophos…it’s free for personal mac users and it’s pretty user friendly..it doesn’t slow anything down, it runs in the background, and the only way you notice it is the tiny black shield in the top status bar next to my clock…love sophos, even though it’s never found anything anyway…virus-free. Yay:)

  • smithphilip1

    I use nod32

  • Josh Stevens

    I’d recommend Sophos, it’s great to install when family members, or friends ask for help with their Mac. It just makes you extra certain that at least they won’t inadvertently click on something dodgy and get infected. No matter how rare they are.

  • Romeyn Prescott

    “Mac users can be just as easily duped as their Windows cousins into making poor choices, and could end up infected as a result.”

    No antivirus software in the world can protect against users making poor choices!!

    “DANGER!: Something VERY, VERY BAD will happen if you click ‘OK’!!”

    User clicks “OK” anyhow because they really, REALLY have to see that LOLCAT.

    *headdesk*

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