mac virus pharming

What is Mac Virus Pharming?

mac virus pharmingWhile phishing uses fraudulent tactics such as dodgy emails to cunningly lure you to a fake website and attempt to part you with vital information such as important account passwords etc, Mac Virus Pharming takes another evil approach to catch you out….

Instead of manipulating you into revealing personal details, pharming is more dangerous as it attacks by automatically redirecting you to a hackers site, even if you type in an authentic address into your internet browser.

So instead of the criminal waiting for you to be fooled by an inviting in an email, Pharmers strike by leading victims to a spoof site that looks practically identical to a famous trusted site, such as Amazon, PayPal etc. They do this by first hacking into and tampering with the companies sites host files or domains name system (DNS). This disguise makes it easy for the criminal master minds to easily fool their unsuspecting victims, tricking them to tap in their private personal information, where they are then recorded.

Another pharming approach is to team up with other forms of Mac malware, such as Worms and Trojan horses. With these Mac viruses onboard it can secretly take over your address bar, thus redirecting a user to a believable fraudulent website, despite a legitimate address being searched.

Protect Against Pharming attacks using a Mac Antivirus

Top Mac Antivirus protection softwares can help protect you from falling for these extremely convincing scams by immediately identifying fraudulent activity and pin pointing a suspect site.

If a hacker attempts to impersonate a site, your Mac Antivirus software will know if it is dodgy as the sites personal designated ‘certificate’ would not match the address visited. If this happens your Antivirus will alert you with a message warning not to proceed any further onto the site.

Mac Antivirus protection is essential to keep you and your cherished computer out of harms way. Whether these problems are as small as a virus causally making your computer run frustrating slow or hair-raisingly bringing down your entire Mac or hacking into your bank. You will be glad to have one onboard to provide you comforting peace of mind.

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Chef Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)