Be Careful of Fake Safari URLs
From November 2019
According to MacRumors, there is a new malware scheme where file types are disguised as safer files such as “.pdf” and “.doc” and automatically opened in Safari after download. Since Safari would think the files are safe, based on the file extension, the computer might download a “.zip” or some other file type and automatically introduce malware to the file system.
Luckily, this can be prevented. To prevent this, open Safari, open the Safari menu on the top of your screen, and go to Preferences, then click the General tab at the top.
|Under this menu, you can uncheck “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”. This will ensure you do not automatically open files after downloading them from Safari.|