Like most of you, I’ve also been online quite a few years now.
Exactly how long I can’t be sure now.
What I can be sure about it is I had dial up modems.
I have to say until the other day, I had never ever seen anything malicious specifically targeting Macs.
It must be a sign of the times Â as more and more folks are buying Macs.
Security experts say time and again, all the anti-virus or security software won’t keep you safe.
Being aware and observant is key.
I got a frantic email the other day from my wife while I was in class.
She said “We have a Trojan.”
I asked , “Says who?”
Those internet scumbags actually made a GUI (Graphical User Interface) that mimicked the look of the Mac operating system.
The casual user wouldn’t think to look to see which window was active.
From the screen shot you can see that it’s actually a Safari window, not the Mac Finder.
Red flashing buttons
When you click “Remove All” it starts a download of a .dmg file.
Presumably they’re hoping you’re running your computer as the Admin.
The Mac has one last step to stop them. It will ask you for your Admin password.
If Â you enter that password, the malicious software will install and your whole Mac is compromised.
I didn’t dare tempt fate and stopped short of that, of course.
Mouse over the film strip icon below. Fortunately, the scumbags didn’t include any loud audio alerts.