Malware that can infect the Mac

Mac OS X Isn’t Safe Anymore: The Crapware / Malware Epidemic Has Begun – StumbleUpon. This is a good article about malware that can infect the Mac. It gives you some understanding of how to avoid malware when you download programs on the Internet.

There is clearly less malware on the mac but you still have to be careful. Ever since I found malware at CNET and other places I started avoiding them. Really the only way to send a message to companies is to avoid sites that promote malware.

Mac OS X Isn't Safe Anymore: The Crapware / Malware Epidemic Has Begun - StumbleUpon

Malware to me is anything that you don’t want. Most people do not understand the extra programs that get installed when they install software. The price for most “free” software is quite high.

I wonder if this is why Linux has had problems getting adopted. The average person after getting burned by “free” software feels that they are not going to depend on a “free” operating system. They probably wonder what the catch is. Other people have said why Linux isn’t popular. It also has malware so it doesn’t seem there is an easy answer to this problem.

Apartment scams phishing now

New York Apartment-Hunting Scams, Ranked – The Awl. This link discusses getting scam results on several different websites: Padmapper, Craigslist, Airbnb and Apartment finder. I experienced this myself when I applied for an apartment in the past from ApartmentFinder.

What happened was that I sent an email asking about the place and I never got a response. What I did get was apparently signed up to a spam list for a realty agent. I did not ask for that or want that. I just wanted to know what the apartment details where. It was below market price and “too good to be true”.

I guess that is the lesson isn’t it? That when something is too good to be true, it probably is. I stopped using Craigslist because the results were so mixed in with garbage. In time, you learn to avoid questionable sites on the Internet, and now I have to add these to the list. You really have to monitor your community or you just drive away your customers.

I should probably add that even major sites have no reason to trust them. Did you know that you can be served malware even on SSL or HTTPS trusted webpages? There are hacks that allow malware to be added at the hardware level, which means that it bypasses any software security settings. To me, using a Mac or Linux seems to be the safest way to protect yourself on the Internet.