I think, I just missed out on an important topic as to how do we stay away from malware and prevent out system from getting affected by it.
There are basically 3 golden rules to go about it which are stated below as an attempt to provide maximum security to the users.
1. The most basic and the most important among these are that every Mac user should be following the golden rule which states ‘Install all Mac OS X Secureity Updates the soonest the best!’. As a matter of fact, Apple has been making all possible attempts and efforts of ensuring that every user has been doing this. There is an Update Software mechanism which is been embedded In the OS which always and automatically notifies the user about every single, new security patch that come up.
Also, each and every security update comes digitally signed and this assures that it is coming from a very trusted source whenever you’ve got to install it in your system. Hence, to keep the Mac’s security intact, it should be updated every time, the notification for the new update comes out.
2. The second most important piece of advice would be to ‘Surf, download and install software only from a very trusted source. To make it simpler for users, whenever you try to run an installation file without knowing its source or provider Mac itself asks you if you trust them and are willing to run, you better call it off if that is not the case.
Leopard powered Macs come with a much peculiar kind of solution, in which every application is tagged or labeled with metadata which indicates that the file is downloaded from the internet will also store the date of download, the time and the URL of download. In such a case, the first time you try installing it, you get a dialog box that asks if you are sure about opening it.
Here too, apple has been working towards the safety of the users and it even makes sure that the users will take the safer end without running anything harmful stuffs.
3. Another, commonly said but even commonly forgotten concept of ‘Use Antimalware software’ some very reliable sources of antivirus worth giving a try are Morton Antivirus, McAfee, Avast, AVG, ClamXav etc. I know that most users think installation of software is nothing but an invited trouble. The whole pain of installation, then slowed down PC and anyways, viruses are not at all prone to viruses. So why on earth do we even consider installation of Antivirus, it hardly serves any purpose anyway.
But let me tell you and make it very clear to you that installation of an anti-virus is worth the effort and the pain. Imagine you going through all the problems mentioned in the above mentioned posts. You’ll be so badly ruined, can you even imagine? Also, these days, antiviruses on Mac are detecting viruses so let’s not be over confident about anything!