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Mac users increasingly targeted with phishing attacks


Mac users are being targeted with phishing attacks in an ever increasing number, possibly rising twofold in 2019. Fraudulent e-mails spoofed as being sent from Apple have been increasing 30-40 percent every year. According to Kaspersky the security company, its researchers detected about 1.6m incidences of phishing during January-June this year that tried duping Internauts into entering their login credentials for Apple accounts in one phony Apple site.


The above numbers account for solely assaults against Macs machines which had Kaspersky's security program running implying phishing assaults against macOS computers are quite high in number.


And whilst malware threatening macOS as well as iOS mobile users show far lower in volume compared to malware threatening Android and Windows users, in the case of phishing, the scenario is pretty something else. Phishing mechanism, which uses social engineering, therefore has little role of software in phishing attacks. As the latest study by Kaspersky reveals, the total count of instances wherein Internauts encountered imposter web-pages of Apple used like a medium for victimization rose considerably during the first half of 2019, scaling to 1.6m.


Fraud schemes crafted for appearing similar as iCloud facility interface are one of the most common as they seize login details for Apple ID A/Cs. Web-links taking onto such facilities normally arrive through spam mails masquerading as technical support electronic mails. These links usually threaten to kill access to user accounts if the users don't click on them. www.albawaba.com posted this, September 12, 2019.


To remain safeguarded from malware targeting macOS, users require loading solely apps available in Mac App Store alternatively in familiar websites that reliable developers own. Malware purveyors who want their ware to infect a Mac most often use the route of bogus update of Flash Player; therefore, again these must always be ignored. Much safer still, Mac users mustn't let Flash onto their systems in any way. One Mac owner can help another via passing this message.


Meanwhile, Kaspersky emphasizes that it's just not any more the case wherein it can be considered about Apple products as wholly "safer" compared to Android or Windows products.


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