What are the chances to get a rootkit and\or keylogger in OSX ML ?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by V4705, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    I'm not concerned about viruses, but rootkits, keyloggers and other identity\info theft are really concern me.

    In Windows system, there are some keyloggers that doesn't even need admin rights to install themselfs (just burrowing into the user's profile).

    Is there any chance to get infected with those kind of stuff with OSX ML (if I'm really not careful and clicking everything) ?

    Thanks! :)
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    If you give the installers your password, then you should be worried.
    AV software is not needed if you employ the proper security steps on your Mac.
    Currently there are zero viruses affecting Mac OS X in public circulation, but there are other kinds of malware existing, that can infect your Mac.
    To learn more about malware in Mac OS X and what steps can be taken to protect yourself, read the following F.A.Q.:
  3. macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2012
    What about unpatched security vulnerabilities? They're not necessarily "viruses" or discrete piece of software that even requires your password. They can be your friendly neighbourhood PDFs or web pages.

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