April, 2012

Important Security Precaution

This is a REAL Security Concern.

There is a Mac Trojan that can now infect Mac Computers even without your providing your Administrator Password.

The Trojan uses the Java Plug in used by browsers such as Safari, Firefox and Chrome.

Apple stopped supplying Java on New Computers running Lion, but if you upgraded from a previous version of Mac OS (one of the Leopards or Tiger, etc.) you probably have Java installed.

  1. 1.If you are running 10.7 Lion or 10.6 Snow Leopard, run Sofware update right away.

  2. 2.If you are running 10.5 Leopard or 10.5 Tiger, please disable Java from your Browser.

  3. 3.In fact even if you have patched Java, it will be better to disable it, restoring it only if you hit a website that absolutely needs it: such sites are rare.

Click this link to see how to do it:

If you can’t see the video detail, click the full screen button.

If you are concerned that you could have been infected, here is a link to free anti-virus software. This software if free for individuals not for businesses.

The install comes with an “uninstaller,” so if you install it and find it annoying, you can uninstall it after you have done one complete manual scan to make sure your system is clean.

As a business, I currently use Intego’s Virus Barrier 6. I like it because it can be turned off most of the time and not slow my system down. Then on days like this when there is a threat publicized, I can just open it and do a full scan to see if it finds any nasties.


Disable Java