A new ransomware variant has been discovered for macOS. Yes, even Mac/Apple computers can get infected with malware like viruses and RansomWare. Ransomware is a specific type of malware that targets your files and locks them up. It then requests that you send them payment in order to get your files back! Of course, even after you pay there is no guarantee that these criminals will actually unlock your files. The biggest take away from this is that you should be using virus protection on your Apple computer, be it an iMac, Macbook Pro, Mac Pro or Macbook Air. The other important puzzle piece: A good backup. It’s always best to keep from being hit with malware in the first place, but in case you do get hit it’s extremely important to have a solid off-site backup available. A simple USB Hard Drive attached to your computer is not as ransomware can simply lock the files stored there as well.
I’m going to keep this post short and simple. I wanted to bring attention to this malware since I hear so many people claim that “Apple computers can’t get Viruses.” and that is simply not true. It’s important if you use a Mac that you don’t get confused by the false information out there. Malwarebytes has written some great information if you want to look at the more technical side of this infection, CLICK HERE.
What You Need to Do:
- Purchase and Install Malware Protection for Mac. Y-Not Tech Services’ recommends Malwarebytes Antimalware.
- Adopt a 3-2-1 Backup Strategy
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