Mac Spyware


You already know how important Mac Spyware is to your computer, if your Mac has ever been infected by spyware, adware, viruses, and other malware. Anyone who has lost files or other sensitive information to malware will tell you all about that dreadful feeling you get when you realize your computer has been attacked by some unknown malicious program.


Dangers of Spyware


The 21st century has given us some of the most amazing advancements in technology, but it has also ushered in a new threat, spyware. Spyware began as an innocent way for companies to gather marketing information about consumers. They could tell where a particular person shopped on line and then use that information to market that person.

Like many advancements it can also be used to harm people. Spyware can easily gather things like email addresses, hard drive info, credit card information, and passwords, to name a few.

Spyware is very adept at monitoring your information then sending that information to a third party without you being any wiser. Imagine the personal damage that can be done to you if the wrong people got sensitive information about you.


Best Anti-Spyware for Mac

Here is some of the best Anti-Spyware software for Mac users. While it’s nice to have the standard security software, you can rest more easily when you have software specifically designed for Mac, like the following software titles.

  • Macscan: This is the premiere Macintosh security software that protects you from things like the latest malware and privacy threats, Trojan horses, keystroke loggers, and other Spyware. Macscan’s blacklisted cookie scanner lets users remove unwanted tracking cookies without interfering saved information like passwords, user names and website preferences.
  • iAnti Virus: This software has some unique features like, real time protection, quarantine, a number of scan options, Automatic smart updates, and low resource usage. iAnti Virus has been designed specifically for Macs.
  • SpectorSoft: Spector Pro Mac from SpectorSoft can protect your Mac from things like keystroke capture, capturing IM’s on both sides and instant messages, reading emails, reviewing sites visited and activity on sites, and remotely viewing your Mac from another Mac or PC. These kinds of things can do a lot of damage in a hurry.


Should I Worry?

In the past, Spyware was just not something you had to worry about on your Mac. Mac Spyware was virtually non-existent. Not so today. There have been multiple reports of spyware in free screensavers. TheLoop is reporting that a company called 7art-screensavers is releasing malware on Macs. The spyware records user activities and sends that information to remote servers. If in doubt, don’t download any screensavers. Here is a partial list of ones to watch for.

  • Magic Forest Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8
  • Everlasting Flowering Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8
  • Fiesta Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8
  • Fractal Sun Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8
  • Sky Flight Clock ScreenSaver v.2.8
  • Sunny Bubbles Clock ScreenSaver v.2.9
  • Freezelight Clock ScreenSaver v.2.9

You can find the complete list by Googling Mac Spyware screensavers/app blacklist.


Think You Have Spyware on your Mac?

If you think you have Mac spyware here is what you need to do. Press control, alt, and delete at the same time. This should bring up your task manager. Look up every process name on your task manager and find out from reliable sites whether or not that process name is likely to be bad. Even if a name seems normal a hacker could have overwritten the normal system process with an infected one. If it looks suspicious you will need to remove it.


Protect Yourself

In the past Mac spyware has been so rare many people are not up to date on the new threats. Many of these new spyware threats are coming from screensavers so to be safe you may want to avoid ones that don’t come from a trusted site that you are familiar with. Protect yourself now with anti- virus software before it’s too late.

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