The Safe Mac

About Us

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.

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 eventually 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 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, but by 2014 an epidemic was underway. This ultimately lead to the creation of AdwareMedic. In 2015, I joined Malwarebytes, where I am now the Director of Mac & Mobile, managing development of Mac, Android and (soon) iOS products. AdwareMedic has become Malwarebytes for Mac. Although The Safe Mac has become quiet, I still continue to write blog posts on Malwarebytes Labs.

Thomas Reed
Thomas Reed