This virus remover plugs right into your Mac to keep it healthy and extend its life

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This Plug-In Antivirus Extends the Life Of Your Mac
Keep your Mac healthy with this plug-in antivirus stick.
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Antivirus and security programs are essential if you want to keep your Mac working and your information secure. The problem is that many antivirus programs can slow down your computer — and miss actual malware while focusing on nonexistent threats.

The FixMeStick Virus Remover is a unique security device that plugs directly into your Mac, removes any viruses or malware, and can be unplugged until you’re ready to use it again. This exciting device comes in two subscriptions, and both of them are on sale. Get one year of service for three Macs ($29.99) or two years for five Macs ($44.99).

macOS malware shoots up 1,000% in 2020

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Are you protecting your Mac yet?
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Cybercriminals reportedly created more macOS malware in 2020 than from 2012 to 2019 combined. The days when Mac users could happily assume they weren’t in danger from hackers are long over.

But the situation remains far worse for Windows users. Researchers found 135 times as many Windows malware samples last year as ones targeting macOS.

Mac malware slips through Apple notarization process

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Mac malware is real. Watch out.
Even Macs can get hit with malware. Especially when Apple notarizes it!
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Apple reportedly slipped up and notarized some malware. This allows the ill-behaved software to be installed on Macs.

Preventing the spread of malware is exactly why Apple insists Mac apps to be notarized, so it’s not clear how this malicious software got Apple’s approval.

How to protect your Mac from malware

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Worried about malware? Do something about it.
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Over the past few weeks a new Mac malware called OSX/Dok has been all over the news. The Trojan horse accessed user’s Macs through email phishing. Once opened, it prevented users from doing anything on their Mac until they installed a bogus software update.

Malware attacks have been skyrocketing as of late, which means it’s more important than ever to be aware.

In today’s video, I’m going to show you 4 ways to help keep your Mac safe from malware.

OSX.Bella trojan discovered installing backdoors into Macs

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It might be time to update your passwords again.
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Security researchers have discovered a nasty bit of Mac malware similar to OSX.Dok trojan, which can bypass Apple’s GateKeeper feature.

The new bug, dubbed OSX.Bella, behaves and distributes itself in a completely different manner than OSX.Dok. But once installed, it executes a script that’s just as damaging.

Russian Mac malware steals passwords and iPhone backups

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That fancy new Touch Bar could be dead already.
But there's (probably) no need to panic.
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Still think your Mac is immune from viruses? Think again.

Just a week after a new strain of Mac malware was found hidden inside malicious Microsoft Word macros, security researchers have discovered sophisticated new software from Russian hackers that targets your saved passwords and iPhone backups.

Ex-NSA staffer reveals way to hack Mac’s camera and mic

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You might want to put tape over your webcam.
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Security researchers discovered a new way to hack the Mac’s built-in webcam this week, and the method is undetectable by users.

Apple built a green LED light into every Mac with firmware-level protection that turns on anytime the sensor is tripped by unauthorized access. The security feature has become increasingly difficult for hackers to beat, but former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle found a way to piggyback on outgoing feeds and record them.

iOS 10 beta 2, new malware targeting Macs, iPhone Photography Awards, and more

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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, we introduce you to the iOS 10 beta 2, and give a hands-on look at the latest tweaks and updates to Apple’s latest operating system. More than 50 changes have been discovered by developers, affecting everything from Apple Music to widgets, and we uncover many of them this week.

Learn about “OSX/Keydnap,” the latest strain of malware intended to attack your Mac. Disguising itself as an innocent text or image file, OSX/Keydnap installs malicious code onto your machine. We’ll let you know how the malware works, and how to prevent this from happening to your Mac!

Peruse the stunning images of this year’s iPhone Photography Awards winners. iPhone photography has never looked so good. Plus, The CultCast, How-Tos and lots more.

All this, and much much more, in Cult of Mac Magazine, free for you right now.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Dangerous new Mac malware fully compromises OS X

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Bitdefender found a new backdoor into OS X.
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Apple’s Mac systems have been exposed to a dangerous new piece of malware that allows attackers to take full control of OS X.

The new malware, dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor by security researchers, provides attackers with a backdoor into OS X systems by embedding a script into a fake file converter application that’s found on many reputable sites that sell Mac apps.