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#1 User is offline   Ken Gracey 

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:29 PM

Can I say IT's about TIME...

Just in case you missed the news, a trojan horse that could infect your mac, has surfaced through Java, and has infected over 600,000 macs, and its taken apple about 2 months to do something about it :unsure:

Anyway, know they have identified it. that are finally writing a piece of software to correct it.

Anybody out there been hit up by this bug ?
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:13 PM

Nope, my Mac is clean. I've never subscribed to the all too often heard mantra that Macs are invulnerable and have always had security software :)
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:34 PM

I've read about this bug, but what does it do?

I haven't checked my Mac.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:56 AM

View PostIslandhead, on 11 April 2012 - 07:13 PM, said:

Nope, my Mac is clean. I've never subscribed to the all too often heard mantra that Macs are invulnerable and have always had security software :)

How did security software help in this case?

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:09 AM

Intego released a fix weeks before Apple did (Apple don't have a fast track recorded for patching as I'm sure you've all read)

I know that its a constant game of cat and mouse and it's impossible to be secure 100% but I've always preferred a safety net.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:20 PM

View PostIslandhead, on 12 April 2012 - 08:09 AM, said:

Intego released a fix weeks before Apple did (Apple don't have a fast track recorded for patching as I'm sure you've all read)

I know that its a constant game of cat and mouse and it's impossible to be secure 100% but I've always preferred a safety net.


Thanks for that,

Yes it's the cat and mouse game that interests me, Perhaps I am being overly fatalistic, but it's also why I do a weekly (sometimes fortnightly) backup as well as time machine. I'd hate to have all my backups killed as well!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

Yeah, I do the same, backupwise. I also check software and antivirus update daily and shutdown my MacBook and turn of the modem/router completely when I'm out (I always remember reading about 'the safest wireless network is one that is turned off ;) and when it is on I have a strict access list of devices) Paranoia isn't for everyone but it's kept me safe for years as a windows user and the past two as a Mac user.
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