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Published June 12th, 2014 at 9:23 AM EDT , modified July 15th, 2015 at 7:26 PM EDT

My name is Thomas Reed, and I’m the author of all the articles and guides on this site. If you have clicked through to this page, you’re probably a bit curious about who I am and why I write this stuff.

Happy Mac

I got my start in the Mac world early, in 1984, on the first Mac. When I began using Mac OS X, I believed that there was no Mac OS X malware, but then almost 10 years ago, those illusions were shattered. Thus began my interest in Mac security, and my devotion to protecting the average Mac user.

I began The Safe Mac as a resource to help educate Mac users about security issues. I wrote frequently about malware and other security issues, and published longer guides on a few specific subjects. Often, discussions of malware were fairly academic, though, since most Mac users never actually saw any.

Starting in early 2013, a new threat began to emerge on the Mac: adware. It began slowly, and I responded with a short Adware Removal Guide, but by 2014 an epidemic was underway. This ultimately lead to the creation of AdwareMedic.

Now, I have joined Malwarebytes as their Director of Mac Offerings, where I will be heading the work to create their new line of Mac security software. AdwareMedic has become Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac.

Malwarebytes is the top anti-malware software on Windows at handling removal of adware and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), with a stellar reputation. It was an honor to be chosen to work with them, and I hope to help them create Mac products that are every bit as exceptional as their Windows products.

I’m looking forward to a great future with Malwarebytes, and I think it will be a lot of fun. I hope you’ll join us!