Safari Update Scam

July 31st, 2015

There is a new Safari update scam. I was keyed to this when we found an unintended installation of MacKeeper on a Statesville client’s Macbook Air. MacKeeper is generally an intentional installation by a user who doesn’t truly understand the program but this client was steadfast that she had not done any installations. We, of course, cleaned up her Mac and repaired the Yosemite OS X without any loss of data but it led me to do some more research and I found an article on the Malwarebytes’ blog, Unpacked. Their discussion of the fake Safari update was indicative of our client’s story and what we had found on her system. Be careful for fake updates like these that may appear to be legitimate but rarely are. Our PC clients are generally familiar with these attempts to infect their systems but our Mac clients are more vulnerable due to their unfamiliarity with the signs of malicious “hacks” on the internet. Read the full article at: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/fraud-scam/2015/07/fake-safari-update-installs-mackeeper-zipcloud/

It’s Gaming Season in North Carolina!

July 13th, 2015


As Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Mooresville, and Iredell County schools break for the summer and it’s too hot go go outside around Lake Norman, gaming season is on again – and the scammers know it. Be wary as the scam “free game codes” sites start proliferating across the web. Malwarebytes’ Unpacked led us to three nasty scam sites that promise free Steam codes to gamers. The first, freesteamcodes(dot)net, promises gamers free codes if they simply answer a few questions – which turns into a chance for you to give up your friends email addresses so they can get spammed. Don’t do it! Additionally, the progress bar for the “validation” is bogus and never ends. The second, steamingame(dot)com, is similar in having you send a link to a bogus website to all your friends. Again, you’ll get nothing but a possible virus when the bogus site is infected. And lastly, steam-wallet(dot)com, which has a countdown to pressure you into spamming for them. In all three, you’re not going to get anything except misery. Avoid these scam site and happy summertime gaming!

Apple Releases Mac OS Updates

July 5th, 2015

If you are a Mac user, you know that to keep your operating system secure, you have to maintain your updates. For July, Apple has released some major operating system updates that you need to install. These updates include security patches for iOS 8.4, OSX Yosemite 10.10.4, and Safari 8.0.7. Failure to complete your Mac OS updates will leave your system vulnerable to security threats. Mac OS X users can download and install the updates through the Software Update tool. iPhone and iPad users can install those updates through the “General” tab in the Settings app and then click the Software Update tab to continue. Apple products are not impervious to security issues – update your systems.