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Mac malware has been in the news, with the Flashback malware taking advantage of a Java vulnerability to infect several hundred thousand Macs. Macworld ran a detailed article by Rich Mogull giving the history of this malware, and discussing how it works and what you can do. But it's clear that this target represents a new level of malware on the Mac, being "the first widespread drive-by malware to attack Macs," and, as Mogull says, "it does represent a major advance."

So, I have created a new poll about Mac malware and antivirus software. What will you do about this new malware attack? What does this mean for you for the future of how you protect your Mac?
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New poll: What will you do about the recent Mac malware attacks?
Authored by: stephen.m on Apr 13, '12 06:48:31AM

I run Software Update daily. This keeps me current on Apple's security updates, which appear to be a rudimentary form of anti-virus protection.

Periodically I scan my hard drive using the open source anti-virus app, ClamXav. No set schedule, as of yet. Mostly I only think about viruses after news of a malware attack surfaces.



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New poll: What will you do about the recent Mac malware attacks?
Authored by: wgscott on Apr 13, '12 07:01:41AM

<snark>I plan to install the daily Java updates every day for the next three weeks.</snark>



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New poll: What will you do about the recent Mac malware attacks?
Authored by: slb on Apr 13, '12 01:39:29PM

LMAO! Touché!



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New poll: What will you do about the recent Mac malware attacks?
Authored by: sojourner on Apr 13, '12 12:33:48PM

I'll continue browsing with Javascript turned off.



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New poll: What will you do about the recent Mac malware attacks?
Authored by: kirkmc on Apr 16, '12 12:58:03AM

Except this malware has nothing to do with Javascript...

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New poll: What will you do about the recent Mac malware attacks?
Authored by: Herve5 on Apr 16, '12 11:50:19AM

I have been using Little Snitch for years, and I know it would react, preventing the virus to call home.
More than this, the analyses I've read for this specific virus tell me that when detecting the presence of Little Snitch, the virus will delete itself straight on :-D
So, I won't install any antivirus and voted this. No need with LS.



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New poll: What will you do about the recent Mac malware attacks?
Authored by: AMCarter3 on Apr 17, '12 04:48:24PM

I installed Sophos Anti-Virus on all 3 of our computers.

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New poll: What will you do about the recent Mac malware attacks?
Authored by: frgough on Apr 18, '12 05:53:48AM

Since none of the AV companies even knew this thing was out there until AFTER 600,000 Macs were compromised, the lesson learned is that AV software is useless as a preventative measure.



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