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How to protect your Mac from malware

How to protect your Mac from malware

How to protect your Mac from malware

Mac is an operating system like any other and therefore it also needs its protection.

I’m sick of hearing that Macs don’t suffer from virus or malware. It may have been that way a long time ago, but not because they are better or because the rest of the operating systems are worse, far from it, but because the share of Macs is much lower (which is why it is not so interesting to hackers develop and dedicate resources to an operating system with few users). The thing, today, is very different.

And not only is that the share of Mac has risen considerably, but also iOS and macOS have been operating systems with the most vulnerabilities for two consecutive years. This obviously greatly increases the chance of exposure to possible malicious programs.

The keys to protect our Mac

Keep it up to date

It seems obvious but not many follow this rule. It is one of the big problems developers have. Not many people keep their devices updatedIt is something that does not interest them at all.

But it is that if we do not do it we are leaving an open door so that those viruses that take advantage of the exploits enter our computer. If we update and fix those vulnerabilities we are on time. Yes No No. It’s that simple.

Updates to our web browser, whatever it may be, are also nothing we should miss. It is because of that many times webbrowser update on their own without even asking for permission. And it is that although it seems that it is a simple program and that it does not matter if we have it updated or not, it is not true, because it is the first (and largest) virus entry to your device.

Beware of the pirate

We are no longer talking only about whether or not it is ethical to download and install programs illegally, but can directly harm us. Think about getting those programs, developing acrack and uploading them to the Internet is a very tedious process and carries inherent legal risk.

The one who uploads this type of program illegally does not do it for the love of art, but to get a economic benefit or to have an excuse to inject malware.

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One of the good things that Mac and iPhone have compared to other operating systems (Windows copied this in the Creators Update) is that just install and runsoftware if this has been obtained from the App Store.

In the case of computers it has a trick, and that is that if we allow it we can allow the installation and execution of programs from unknown developers Why is this good? Because Apple makes sure that the only program entry on their computers is the App Store, and that is something they have control over.

Java and Flash, pass

I’ve always said it: Java and Flash have been two technologies that have been born dead. Despite this, his success has been brutal. But not only for traditional developers, but also forhackers, who have undoubtedly seen a great tool in these two environments.

Apple is aware of this and that is why Flash and Java are disabled in Safari. In Google Chrome, today, the same is also true. However, there are people who still have it activated by default. The best thing is to deactivate them and if at any specific moment we need them, we activate it. Think that both technologies are in decline and that in the next few years or months they will disappear.

Install a Malware Protector

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is the best for this type of thing. It is neither an antivirus nor an optimized (the image of both today is at fault). It is intermediate and much more useful. In just a few years it has become a benchmark in terms of computer security.