How to get ransomware protection on Mac devices

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When it comes to cyber security, Mac devices offered by Apple Inc are having an excellent reputation in the PC market. But a recent study conducted by Cybersecurity firm Cisco Talos says that no OS platform is safe from hackers these days, especially from those spreading ransomware attacks to public and private networks.

Fortunately, those using Mac devices can protect themselves from file encrypting malware attacks by following below tips-

Never use Pirated Software- Using a pirated software on your Mac device is like inviting trouble as a report released by Malwarebytes in June 2020 says that those using pirated software are often seen targeted by hackers who are using the systems to install malware like ransomware and spying tools. One such instance is the ransomware named “ ThiefQuest” spread on machines loading Little Snitch and Russia’s Evil Quest is said to be behind the malware spread as it is known to crack and install malicious tools on those using pirated software versions on Mac devices.

Keep a tab on web activities- When you are doing an online search, there is no guaranty that your activity remains 100% cyber safe. This is where Apple’s Gatekeeper offers protection to a certain extent as it helps keep a mac device safe from malicious apps that are not being introduced to the app store by notified developers. As developers need to register themselves by paying an annual fee to offer apps that are Gatekeeper compliant.

Data Backups are crucial- normally under general circumstances, data backups offer data continuity if in case any disaster like fire or flood strikes your premises. And in case of ransomware, data support becomes even more crucial. So, having a backup local to a cloud and to an external drive makes complete sense even in case your Time Machine software, an Apple supplied backup software, is up to date along with the macOS Catalina.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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