Researchers: The first real-world ransomware meant to hit Macs

Many people prefer to purchase a Mac computer due to the excellent operating system, the hardware of good quality, and also a culture of very good quality freeware or software. Yet Mac users now seem not safer than the regular PC users. Recently researchers discovered that the first-ever ransomware attack targeted at Mac users.

It is not the first time that Mac-targeting ransomware has been detected. Ransomware is a type of software that prevents users from entering the system, forcing users to pay ransom to access their systems. Your Mac can be infected once you open an attachment to an email or download software.

How can you secure your Mac and stay safe
The Security &Privacy system preferences pane on Mac enables Mac users to set safeguards for download applications. To stay safe, the first thing you need to learn is to download applications on the official sites. Or you can also rely on your Mac, making sure that your Mac will stop unknown applications. Click on System Preferences >Security and Privacy >General, and then you can see there are three safety levels according to where you download the Apps. Here, you’d better not select “Anywhere” for your Mac won’t stop you from running any software you download even it is dangerous for you system.

Another way to keep your Mac safe is to update your system in time.
Once there are update prompts, do not ignore the update reminders. Updating your system is the most effective way to defend your machine. If you are too busy to notice the update prompts, you can turn on the automatic update. Navigate to System Preferences >?App Store, and then select “Download newly available updates in the background.”

In addition, you can resort to professional antivirus software to scan out the malware. Furthermore if you have just downloaded applications like Transmission of the BitTorrent software that has infected with ransomware, you will be at risk, and don’t hesitate to completely remove the Apps from your Mac.