Apple/Mac Users Alert: Ransomware — Psinergy LLC
X
Menu

Apple/Mac Users Alert: Ransomware

We’ve all heard the myth, “Mac’s don’t get viruses.” While that urban legend has never been true, it was pretty rare for a Mac machine to actually get a virus. Why — they had a smaller user base. Historically, Mac users mostly needed to be concerned with adware versions of the malware and were more “carriers” of Windows PC viruses. This is starting to change. More viruses are being written specifically for Macs, and more dangerous ones, like the new ransomware “KeRanger”.

Ransomware: encrypts your files and seeks for you to contact the virus writer to pay them a “ransom” to give you a key that decrypts your system and files so you can access them again. These are serious threats, and people could lose years or decades of personal information, pictures, etc. Businesses could be completely shut down, losing all access to financial records and other important business documents.

Honestly, we’re kind of surprised that less viruses, especially ransomware viruses, are not written specifically for Mac OS users. Why? These viruses writers want a person who can pay the ransom, and according to a study by Forrester, the average Mac user household income is $98,000, or $24,000 more than the average PC user’s household income of $74,000 and iPhone users are wealthier than Android or Blackberry users according to BIGinsight.

This latest ransomware scare on Macs was put into the popular Mac program called Transmission this last Friday, 3/4/16 in version 2.90. Version 2.92 of Transmission is supposed to fix this issue and while steps have been taken to reduce the spread of this type of virus, users have to be aware and have utilities that help guard against viruses.

Important Steps for every Mac user (and even PC users)

  1. Have everything backed up on a regular basis. The best way of doing this, in our opinion, is having a regularly occurring online backup system that is secure, and then once a month or maybe once a quarter a physical backup to a USB Harddrive that you don’t leave connected to the computer. Why have both? Well, in the event that you didn’t realize you were infected, and those infected files got sent to your online backup, your less frequent local backup should still be safe.
  2. Install a good anti-virus software. Keep in mind though, no Anti-Virus software is 100% effective, though there are ones that are better than others. We personally use and suggest avast! Anti-Virus which also has a Mac OS version (for free).
    1. Note: never have more than 1 anti-virus software installed and running at the same time! They can and will cancel each other out leaving your system open for infections.
  3. If you get infected. Shut off your machine ASAP and just bring it into our office or another well trained, well reviewed, computer repair therapist (repair shop). Shutting off your machine stops the spread of the virus. Sometimes there is little we can offer with some of these really nasty viruses besides just pulling the hard drive and extracting the non-encrypted files.

The post Apple/Mac Users Alert: Ransomware appeared first on Psinergy Tech.

You Might Also Liked

Firefox Vulnerability – known about for 17 years Severe RCE Flaw Disclosed in Popular LibreOffice and OpenOffice Software — The Hacker News Tech Glossary: What is a Virus? Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for Windows 7 – 10, including Server OS UPnP has been a security risk for years, but now it’s WORSE! Avast had a glitch! – “DNS server isn’t responding” Security Vulnerabilities: Is it time for a new computer? You thought Con-Artist Spam calls were bad enough — Now there are Con-Artist Spam Texts…

Upcoming Events

Sep
23
Mon
2:50 am Autumnal Equinox (Fall)
Autumnal Equinox (Fall)
Sep 23 @ 2:50 am – 3:50 am
The Sun will beam down directly on the equator giving us just about equal amounts of day and night in most parts of the world. If you live south of the equator, this is your Spring Equinox. Also, try balancing an egg on its end! Whether or not you succeed[...]
Oct
8
Tue
all-day Draconids Meteor Shower
Draconids Meteor Shower
Oct 8 all-day
The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of[...]
Oct
12
Sat
10:00 am Colorpuncture for Me and My Family @ Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness
Colorpuncture for Me and My Family @ Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Colorpuncture for Me and My Family @ Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness
An Apothecary of Light class These simple treatments from Esogetics Colorpuncture are designed for health maintenance and self-help with common complaints from a natural health viewpoint. The therapies learned in this module are for everybody, be it at home or on the road. We are offering this workshop for health-conscious[...]
Oct
21
Mon
all-day Orionids Meteor Shower
Orionids Meteor Shower
Oct 21 all-day
The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year[...]
Oct
31
Thu
all-day Mercury Retrograde Begins
Mercury Retrograde Begins
Oct 31 all-day
see http://cantonbecker.com/retrograde for details…Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click[...]
Nov
9
Sat
10:00 am Intro to Esogetics Crystal Thera... @ Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness
Intro to Esogetics Crystal Thera... @ Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Intro to Esogetics Crystal Therapies @ Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness
An Apothecary of Light class These simple treatments from Esogetics Crystal Therapies are designed for health maintenance and self-help with common complaints from a natural health viewpoint. The therapies learned in this module are for everybody, be it at home or on the road. We are offering this workshop for health-conscious[...]
Nov
11
Mon
all-day Transit of Mercury Across the Sun
Transit of Mercury Across the Sun
Nov 11 all-day
A superstar event for 2019: Elusive Mercury, one of the most difficult planets to view, will be out in broad daylight—literally! Look through a telescope equipped with a suitable solar filter and you’ll be able to view tiny Mercury transit across the surface of the Sun. This rare celestial event[...]
Nov
12
Tue
all-day (Possible) Taurid Fireball Meteo...
(Possible) Taurid Fireball Meteo...
Nov 12 all-day
This shower coincides with the full moon, so that pretty much blows your chances of seeing much… But Keep your fingers crossed! Every now and then the Taurid meteor shower — normally modest — produces spectacular fireballs visible even in bright moonlight. Last year it caused a rash of UFO[...]
Nov
17
Sun
all-day Leonids Meteor Shower
Leonids Meteor Shower
Nov 17 all-day
The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is[...]
Nov
19
Tue
all-day Mercury Retrograde Ends
Mercury Retrograde Ends
Nov 19 all-day
see http://cantonbecker.com/retrograde for details…Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click[...]