Mac’s security was compromised recently. KeyRanger ransomware managed to infect Macs.
Here’s how you can get rid of the vicious malware and keep your systems well protected.
KeyRanger ransomware managed to give Apple a scare. Macs are known for their high-level security. In spite of that, KeyRanger was able to breach Mac’s security via Transmission version 2.90, the popular BitTorrent client.
Transmission 2.90 was downloaded some 6,000 times before the threat was detected. We sincerely hope that you are not one amongst those 6,000. But here are few simple measures that you can adopt to keep the risk of ransomware at a minimum.
Keep your Mac safe.
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- For starters, uninstall Transmission 2.90 just to be on the safe side
- Install version 2.92 and see if it indeed does remove the threat (in case your system is infected) automatically as stated on Transmission’s website.
- Use the Activity Monitor option in pre-installed OS X and check if there’s anything called ‘kernel_service’ running. This is KeyRangers’s main process. If there is, terminate it with the ‘Force Quit’ command.
- Also check if files named “.kernel_pid”, “.kernel_time”, “.kernel_complete” or “kernel_service” in your /Library directory. Delete all such files in case you find them.
Although ransomware – and other malware – threats are not common for Mac users, Windows is more susceptible to such intrusions. Here’s what you can do to keep hackers at bay.
Windows is more prone to malware. Simple measures can keep it safe.
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Be aware of phishing attempts: Cybercriminals across the world use tried and tested methods to gain access to systems.
Phishing attempts are typically bank mails asking for personal information or it could even be weird attachments/links from people you know.
Check before you click or download any such links/attachments.
System Updates: Keep your system updated. That’s the first line of defense. Updated operating system and applications help in preventing rogue wares from infecting your system to a great extent.
Install anti-virus: While the above steps are conscious efforts on your part to keep malwares at bay, installing good anti-virus software decrease the threats further. Remember, buying an anti-virus is always cheaper than paying ransoms!
Cloud backup: Even after taking all the precautions, ransomware might infect your system. Having cloud backup will ensure you are not at the mercy of hackers. Creating external drive backups is all very good but malwares won’t spare them either. Online storage is a good option to keep all your data intact.
If you are looking for safe and secure Cloud Storage, try out Right Backup. It’s a multiple problem solver. You can auto-schedule or manually upload and retrieve all your important files on cloud.
Data safety is of utmost importance. Right Backup uses SSL encryption to transfer your files on secure cloud servers. Moreover, your files can only be accessed by those with whom you choose to share them. You can auto-schedule uploads on the secure cloud server every 12 hours with Right Backup.
This ensures that all versions of the file(s) you are working on are being backed-up. So just in case you are hit by a ransomware that hijacks your data files, you can retrieve the latest version – or for that matter any version – of your files from Cloud.
Automatic Cloud Backup every 12 hours .
You can even customize the files you want to backup and restore by manual selection, in a chronological order.
Auto and customized Backup for all file versions.
Date-wise customized restoration of any file version.
Both OS X (Mac) and Windows (PC) support Right Backup. It is available on Android and iOS as Right Backup Anywhere. Download Right Backup for the platform of your choice here. Ransomware is a serious threat. It is not limited to infecting desktops and laptops any more. It has been known to paralyze Android devices too. Protect all your data files before ransomware gets to them.
Note: To know more about the Mac invasion, read Your Mac is not as safe as you think.