In yesterday's post, this blog discussed a new Trojan virus that infected 550,000 Apple computers worldwide, the majority of which were in the United States. Because the Macintosh operating system has been largely ignored by hackers over the years, many people have come to believe - incorrectly - that Mac computers don't get viruses.
Unfortunately, as the Macbook Pro, MacBook Air and iPad gain popularity for professional as well as personal use, hackers have began to turn their attention to Macs, too.
As a result, Apple has released a statement in its help forum that promises to develop an antivirus software for finding and eliminating the Flashback virus.
"A recent version of malicious software called Flashback exploits a security flaw in Java in order to install itself on Macs," reads the post on Apple's help forum page. "Apple released a Java update on April 3, 2012 that fixes the Java security flaw for systems running OS X v10.7 and Mac OS X v10.6. By default, your Mac automatically checks for software updates every week, but you can change that setting in Software Update preferences."
To keep your Apple computer safe and secure, it's important to run software updates frequently, avoid websites that are not secure, only download files you are familiar with and invest in anti-malware software. Newer versions of browsers can also be helpful, because they can scan websites and determine if they are safe and secure while you're browsing the internet.
If you think that your Mac has been infected with the Flashback virus, you can contact your local laptop repair center today for virus removal and Trojan virus removal.