Friday, August 21, 2015
Does Adblock Plus weaken Mac OSX security?
In a blog posting on Wednesday, a Webroot threat research analyst revealed how the use of ad-blocking software by Mac users could not only be leaving them with a false sense of security but actually putting them at risk. Devin Byrd explained how Mac users are often told that their chosen platform is safe from threats and malware, and a 'vast majority' still believe this despite plenty of proof to the contrary. "The magic myth of Mac immunity has long been disproven and really exploited in the past years with such concepts as Thunderstrike and root privilege exploits" Byrd says, adding "most of the malware that we come across for Mac has been adware." Although I wouldn't necessarily label adware as malware myself, I appreciate that it does try to get you to spend money, can point you towards malicious software downloads and is almost always unwanted by the person whose machine has it installed. It is therefore understandable that for many the answer to adware is a large dose of ad-blocking software, and Adblock Plus is amongst the most popular. I will put my hands up and admit I have been a happy user for many years myself, although on a Microsoft rather than Mac platform. Byrd, however, warns that adware companies know only too well that software is being used to block their wares, and have figured out a way of getting around the roadblocks.