The Flashback Trojan, the one that seemed to spread like wildfire, infecting an estimated 1% of Macs around the world, continues to cause trouble. Symantec researchers estimate the malware is still on as many as 270,000 systems. Not all Mac owners run security software, and many fail to install computer and program security patches when they become available. “Flashback” is a flash point in internet security history because Mac owners realize they need to attend to the same security precautions as PC owners.
Norton has just released a free tool that Mac owners can download and run to both check for Flashback on their system and remove it, neatly and cleanly. Then, whether your system was infected or not, you should install and use internet security software, such as Norton AntiVirus for Mac or Norton Internet Security for Mac. And after that, get into the habit of installing patches and security updates for your operating system and other programs.
Don't let your interest in the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic disaster or the re-release of the blockbuster film in 3-D tempt you to click where you shouldn't. Cybercrminals, as usual, are monitoring trends and poisoning popular search terms. The most dangerous terms this morning are anything related to finding the film online to download. Just clicking on a search result might lead a person to a dangerous website where malware can be dropped onto your computer.
Dangerous terms include:
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So what to do, film fans? Be careful what you click and use security tools that evaluate search results, helping you steer clear of danger. A great way to go is use Norton's Safe Web, available in your Norton security software and as a free toolbar.