How to make my mac Flashback proof?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dacoolest, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. dacoolest macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2011
    This came to my mind when I saw a flash update notification few minutes ago. How do I make sure that my Mac is not having the recently appeared torrents and its new variants? And, how can I make sure that it would not get its new versions of the trojan in the future (if they release any more variants)?

    I know that a bit of common sense is enough to avoid damages by not giving permission to make system wide changes to the trojan. But it would be nice if we can make sure that the chances for it to get into my mac is minimized as much as possible (not by keeping the mac turned off 24/7, but by doing necessary configurations while having the ability to browse comfortably and minimizing the chances of getting infected).

    Lets assume that my Java is enabled at all the places, including settings in Safari as well as the Java Preferences application.

    Please explain all the necessary changes that should be done to disable java as necessary.

    And any other tips that would enhance the online security would be appreciated.

    I use Lion, MBP late 2011. I have installed all updates.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Have you read this yet?

    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. dacoolest thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2011
    Did not read all the threads in the forum. I wanted quick guidance as I was confused whether I should proceed with the update notification I just received or should I not. Thanks for the reply.
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    It is a guide/FAQ with a section called "What security steps should I take?" and a section about the Flashback trojan.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Keep OSX current, apple has updated OSX so to remove this exploit. In a sense now your Mac should be flashback proof.

    Performing safe computing habits, like knowing what you're installing, regardless if it prompts for a password is your best bet for most malware.
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Go to the Adobe website, download the installer, and update manually if you don't trust a popup.
  7. dacoolest thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2011
    Thanks for all replies. What difference would that make if I disable java from Java Preferences application instead from the browser settings?
  8. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Actually, I'd remove the word if there. Don't ever just trust a popup asking to update Flash. I'd always go to the Adobe website, and download it directly from there. Never know when the fakes will get good enough to fool me.

  9. satcomer, Apr 19, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I say open a free Home OpenDNS account and participate in the bad web site reporting. Here is an instructional video to show you how to control your family's DNS and keep them away from bad web sites according to your own discretion.

    OpenDNS even had a blog post Flashback: Much ado about something. It's worth a read.
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You don't need to disable Java in Java Preferences, only in your browser. Read the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ that simsaladimbamba posted, specifically the section "What security steps should I take?". If you do those things, you will be completely protected from all Mac OS X malware that has ever been found in the wild.

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