hacked email -- link clicked ... help?

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  1. doobybiggs, Jun 17, 2012
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    doobybiggs macrumors 6502

    doobybiggs

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    A buddies email got hacked and the hacker was sending links out from his account. I did not know it at the time and clicked the link, it looked legit.

    How can I make sure nothing on my computer has been compromised? I am running lion 10.7 on 2011 MBP. I have also ran ClamXav (update definition list before I started) and it did not find anything ... Anything else I should be doing?


    On my windows machine I would of just reinstalled windows to be sure, but this is a MAC and supposedly a lot tougher to catch anything since most coders do not code to harm MACs ...
     

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  2. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I looked around and could not find anything anti virus sites that would check the link and tell you what it will do to your computer. Unless I missed it somewhere? Anyone know of such a thing?

    Ran ClamXav again and nothing again, so am I safe or is there other things I should be on the look out for?
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you didn't install anything, you should be fine. Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall

    2. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General

    3. Disable Java in your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox). This will protect you from malware that exploits Java in your browser, including the recent Flashback trojan. Leave Java disabled until you visit a trusted site that requires it, then re-enable only for the duration of your visit to that site. (This is not to be confused with JavaScript, which you should leave enabled.)

    4. Change your DNS servers to OpenDNS servers by reading this.

    5. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you're not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.

    6. Never let someone else have access to install anything on your Mac.

    7. Don't open files that you receive from unknown or untrusted sources.

    8. For added security, make sure all network, email, financial and other important passwords are long and complex, including upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

    9. Always keep your Mac and application software updated. Use Software Update for your Mac software. For other software, it's safer to get updates from the developer's site or from the menu item "Check for updates", rather than installing from any notification window that pops up while you're surfing the web.
    That's all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any Mac OS X malware that has ever been released into the wild. You don't need any 3rd party software to keep your Mac secure.
     
  4. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no nothing installed that I know of. I did not install anything and once I realized what it was I closed out of it all. It just went to one site then redirected me to a fake fox news site.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    For redirections, if you haven't already done so, try changing your DNS servers on your Mac and your router to OpenDNS servers. This will show you how: Why am I being redirected to other sites?
     
  6. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, I think I added them correctly ... is that right?
     

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  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, that's correct.
     

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