Even though the prevalence of threats for the Mac remains relatively minimal, malware on OS X has raised its ugly head a bit in the past few years. Some in the Mac community have been affected by threats such as the Flashback malware, DNSChanger, and the MacDefender Trojan, among others. As a result, while the most effective way of keeping a Mac secure is to follow safe browsing and computing practices, you may also be considering using anti-malware utilities. But which ones perform best?
Five months after its release, Apple's Mountain Lion became the most widely-used version of OS X, a Web measurement firm said Tuesday.
According to California-based Net Applications, OS X 10.8, better known as Mountain Lion, accounted for 32%, or nearly a third, of all Macs that went online during December. That was an increase of nearly three percentage points from November, when Mountain Lion powered just over 29% of all Macs.
2012 was an "exciting" year for OS X security—at least if you're a security expert or researcher. There were plenty of events to keep people on their toes. Although Apple took some egg on the face for some of them, overall, the company came out ahead when it came down to keeping users safe.
At least that's the opinion of some security researchers who followed OS X developments throughout the year.
Fake installers have been around for quite some time now, but so far, they’ve only targeted Windows users. Now, researchers from security firm Doctor Web have identified a variant that’s designed for Mac OS X.
Dubbed Trojan.SMSSend.3666, the malicious element disguises itself as an installer for a popular application called VKMusic 4 – an app that allows users to listen to music on a Russian social media site. During the “installation” process, victims are asked to provide their mobile phone numbers. Then, they’re requested to enter a code received via SMS.
Noted security researcher Kristin Paget (formerly Chris Paget) — known for her work that helped to beef up the security of Windows Vista—is now working at Apple as a Core OS Security Researcher. Paget confirmed to Wired that she has been working at Apple since September but couldn't divulge any specific details of her work.