Some questions about security/viruses/torjans etc.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tekno, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. tekno macrumors 6502a

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    The recent news about Macs getting unwanted nastiness has got me thinking and I have a few questions:

    1. What's stopping something gaining access to my keychain and therefore every password?

    2. When I have (for example) a Flash Update pop-up, how do I know that's what it is and its not downloading something else?

    3. From what I understand, a Trojan requires me to click something to allow it to install. Why? Why can't the baddies work around this?

    4. Checking a site is "https" - why can't baddies have https websites too?

    5. Say I have this Trojan - why should I care?

    6. Software update - How do I know that everything in Software Update is legitimate? Could my computer not be 'reconfigured' to download files from elsewhere?
     
  2. tekno thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all the replies. I'm much the wiser now.
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    MacRumors is awesome in giving people answers to their questions. So glad you're wiser.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You're welcome! :)
     
  5. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Am I going crazy or are there no replies? Where'd they go? :confused:
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Pretty much! :D
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    A virus ate them?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    For those who missed them, all the answers are here.
     
  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Thanks for patiently waiting for replies from members who come here to help people when they have nothing better to do.
     

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