Malware Alert – What can/should you do to keep safe online?!
This blog will discuss some tips and tricks that you can do to help prevent any intrusion on YOUR Apple products. We will also discuss what can be done if you feel you may already be a victim of malware.
Malware: It’s everywhere these days and becoming harder to track, but what is it?
Put simply Malware is defined as software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems. It is malicious code that may be intended to track your online usage or glean your personal information.
Malware can take many forms.
Some Malware is created for profit through forced advertising (online adware), while other forms of malware are designed to steal sensitive information such as passwords, credit card info, even personal photos or work files. Malware can also spread email spam/scam software as an attempt to extort money from the more vulnerable computer users. Various factors can make computers more vulnerable to malware attacks. Sometimes Malware can even be designed to mimic anti virus software, tricking the computer user into installing the Malware directly into their computer thinking it will help to “Clean My Mac.” With our online digital lifestyles these days Malware is something to be taken very seriously.
So what should you do to keep yourself safe or worse what can be done if you suspect you may already have Malware?
Rest Assured: The Mac Outpost Team is here to help!
To Detect and Protect: Mac Outpost Sentinel.
Wouldn’t it be great if your computer could let us know if a problem was developing on your Mac? Now it can with Sentinel. Our simple, non-invasive software proactively reports errors to our trained Apple Certified technicians quickly (in many cases before you even realize something is going wrong)! We have a simple and non intrusive program that we offer to do just that: keep you safe and inform our team of trained Apple professionals of any threats to your computer and its files.
Sentinel Main Features:
• DETECTS AND ALERTS US ABOUT MALWARE!
• Hard drive operational status / capacity
• RAM operational status
• Applecare warranty status
• Time machine backup status
• Remote backup status (if applicable)
• Hard Drive SMART error status
• Other hardware errors
• Maintains personal privacy (we can not see ANY personal info/data or files)
To Mend and Defend: Deep Clean Tune-Up.
Maybe you have experienced some of the items listed below:
System running slow. Excessive popups. Websites not loading correctly. E-mails asking for personal info (apple password, CC info). Apps not loading. Offers from programs to “Clean My Mac.” Time Machine backups not able to run, WiFi is not working correctly, a friend or family member has received an email form you that you don’t recall sending. Your Apple computer “just seems a little off.” etc…
Any and all of the above could be an early sign that you have been infected at some point by Malware!
Rest assured the first step in stopping malware is detecting it. Once detected our service technicians are able to offer a Deep Clean Tune-Up service to help clear off any and all Malware and get you back to where you need to be: enjoying your fast and efficient Apple computer again, while feeling safe and secure online. Our Deep Clean Tune-Up has become a very popular service not just to help destroy Malware but also to help tune up your system in general. This is also a great proactive way to keep your Apple system healthy moving forward.
Deep Clean Main Features:
• Full Apple Diagnostic
• Software/OS Cleaning
• Physical cleaning of computer
• Data BackUp (keep your files safe and secure)
• Malware Removal
• Installation of trusted Security software
• Tune Up (speed up system, fix software problems)
• Review of options for Sentinel protection moving forward
Both our Sentinel program and our Deep Clean Tune-Up service are available at both of our London based locations and serve as great protection for both home users and small business clients. We consider them a excellent additional tool in your personal IT Toolbox to assist our clients in providing improved, proactive service and response. If you are concerned about getting malware or worried that you may have already “picked up a bug” please feel free to contact us right away and we can set up a time to chat in more detail about your personal protection needs. No matter what you feel has happened to your system rest assured Mac Outpost is always a phone call away when Malware pops up!
Thank you for taking the time to review this important blog topic we hope this was helpful as a proactive approach to your online safety. Remember when it comes to Malware and online E-Worms and E-Virus’ it is always best to Stay Alert and Stay Safe!
Mac Outpost is here to help!