Mac OS X Folk: Run Software Update to Protect Against MacDefender

Apple rolled out the new Mac Security Update 2011-003 to address threats posed by the latest family of malware under the MacDefender moniker. Keep your system up-to-date with Apple’s built-in Software Update program (Apple menu > Software Update), and if your system is infected by MacDefender, the security update will helpfully nuke it.

After you install the update, consider protecting yourself with some advice that I offered in a previous post.

Stay safe in cyberspace!

Recent Apple Software Updates

If you don’t religiously follow MacUpdate.com or refresh Apple’s Software Update once a day, you may have missed some of the recent software updates for Mac OS X and iPhone/iPad:

Remember to backup your files (manually or with a backup solution like Apple’s Time Machine), and then apply updates. It is also good practice to repair your disk permissions on Mac OS X after updates are completed with Disk Utility (located in /Applications/Utilities).

Happy Updating!