Apple Mac Scam Alert

It’s a common myth that Apple Mac owners do not need to protect their devices from viruses and nasties. Yes, Macs are still much more secure than Windows devices, but they are not immune. Research by Malwarebytes showed that cyberattacks targeting its Mac users were more numerous in 2019 than on its Window users. They note that Macs are still pretty good at detecting malware but given that more and more people are switching to Macs and that they cost more those users are prime targets. Simply put, Macs are still vulnerable to some viruses and malware and users need to think about their security. According to Malwarebytes the average Mac user had 11 attacks in 2019 versus only 6 for Windows users.


Tips and Advice

  • Stay updated – Apple continues to patch vulnerabilities with updates, its very important that users install updates as soon as possible.  Macs provide automatic updates but users need to make sure that they are switched on: Click on the Apple icon, (top left of screen) > Click on System Preferences > Open the App Store > Check that the tick boxes next to ALL the update options are ticked
  • Enable firewall – This is your first line of defence, to enable: Go to System Preferences > Security > Firewall
  • Do NOT open unknown files – Avoid opening email attachments unless you know the sender 100%
  • Disable Java – in your browser, it has vulnerabilities and most people can manage without. To disable: In Safari > Click on Preferences > Security and untick Enable Java
  • Buy more protection – We recommend topping up the Mac’s defences with AV protection, here is a good article from Macworld ranking the different options
  • Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
  • To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool


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