Apple Releases Mac Defender Security Update

MacOS users now can fence themselves off from the Mac Defender malware. Apple released a security update to Mac OS 10.6.7 that detects and deletes the malware that allegedly on Google Image files.

to ferret out any trace of the Mac Defender malware or any of its variants (including Mac Guard) and move them to quarantine.

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What will be harder to fix is the gaping hole in Mac users' sense of self--where their faith in the concept that "" used to be. Another tough task: convincing many Mac users to take the basic privacy and safety precautions that Windows devotees learned in pre-school.

Ironically, the exploited some Mac users' insecurity about security by tricking those who unwittingly installed it into thinking they had malware--which, of course, they did. It launched pop-ups and links to porn sites to freak out users and get them to hand over a credit card number to buy "virus protection."

On his Macintosh Security blog, Mac expert Derek Currie Mac users can enlist to restore their (our) sense of balance in the universe, including ClamXav antivirus protection, FileVault encryption, and how to use the .sparseimage feature in Disk Utility to eliminate the security flaws of DropBox.