I have been a fan of Apple computers for well over a decade. I have my own Macbook Air and have used Macbook Pros in a prior job for years.
I truly believe that there is not a better personal computer than an Apple.
While they are expensive, they are very high quality. One of the things I like about Apple is they’re more secure than a Windows computer. There are fewer worries about viruses or malware.
Although Apple computers are safer, they aren’t immune to viruses or malware. Researchers at security firm Red Canary recently discovered malware that has gone un-noticed on roughly 30,000 Apple computers across the planet.
While there are many millions of Apple computers out there, 30,000 infections is something to notice.
The researchers discovered the malware will “phone home” every once in a while, but thus far, hasn’t caused issues. Reports show that it is built to potentially receive code that could be malicious from the “home” server and then perhaps do something.
As of now, nothing has come of it.
If you have an Apple computer and are curious to see if it is infected, look for a number of files that might have been added. A simple file search will tell you if your computer has been infected. The files are as follows: ~/Library/._insu, /tmp/agent.sh, /tmp/version.json, and /tmp/version.plish. If any of those files turn up on your computer then your computer has the malware.
Security firms now are recommending Mac users run some sort of antivirus on their machine to make sure that if “phone home” tries to install other malware, you will be protected.
I checked my computer, and I can’t find any of the above files, so it appears that for now I am OK.
I might have to look for some antivirus for my Mac. It is something I haven’t used on my Mac. While I have used virus scanners, but haven’t seen any infections.