Posts Tagged ‘malware’

Report – Non-Admin Accounts Mitigate 94% of Critical Windows Vulnerabilities

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

This probably goes without saying, but here it is anyway, just in case anyone needs a reminder.

A new report suggests that Windows admins and users could mitigate 94% of all critical vulnerabilities automatically by running non-admin accounts. It is common sense that using standard user accounts on Windows, opposed to accounts with elevated privileges, is a good security practice. The main reason behind this practice is simple: if a user cannot perform certain operations due to limited rights, then malware can’t perform those operations either.


Large Number of Android VPN Apps Insecure

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

It turns out that a lot of Android apps that rely on VPN services, aren’t as private and secure as we were lead to believe.

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) have evolved from a technology used mostly by businesses to one that is used by more and more home users as well. Reasons are manifold, but improved privacy and security are certainly two key features that make a growing number of home users use VPN services and apps. Without going into too much detail; a VPN protects a device’s IP address as traffic flows through it instead of directly to the user’s system.


Android Malware Campaign Hijacks More than 1 million Google Accounts

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

… And the moral to the story is never, ever, ever download apps from third party sites.

A new malware campaign, dubbed Gooligan by Check Point, has successfully breached more than 1 million Google accounts up to this point according to the company. About 13,000 new devices are breached every day by the malware campaign. According to Check Point’s research, Android 4 and 5 are the main target of the attack which account for a little bit less than 75% of all Android devices out there.


Attention – Some Fosshub Downloads Compromised

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

It’s been quite a while since I’ve used Fosshub, but for those who do, it might be a good idea to avoid it for a while.

Some software programs on Fosshub, a free project hosting service, appear to be compromised and serve malware payloads. Fosshub is a popular file hosting service that software projects such as Classic Shell, qBittorrent, Audacity, MKVToolNix, and others use as their primary file download service.


Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit 1.08 Ships with Fingerprinting Detection and More

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

In addition to fingerprinting detection, the new version of Malwarebytes also supports Microsoft Edge now.

Malwarebytes, makers of the popular Anti-Malware application for the Windows operating system, has just released a new version of Anti-Exploit. Anti-Exploit is a security program for Windows that detects and blocks some types of exploits that canĀ  cause great harm on unprotected systems.


Lookout – New, Sneaky Android Adware tries to Root Phones

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Yet another reason to avoid sites that offer repackaged Android apps …

Android is without doubt the most popular mobile operating system out there. While other mobile systems may be more popular in certain regions, it is Android that is dominating most markets. Security firm Lookout discovered a new form of Android adware recently that goes through great length to make sure it stays on the device it has infected.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium Configuration Guide

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Like the article says, Malwarebytes is most helpful when it’s run in tandem with an antivirus program … but it also helps if you set up Malwarebytes to fit the needs of your specific application too.

There seem to be two camps of users when it comes to Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware application for the Windows operating system. Some users swear on it and believe it is one of the best security programs for the operating system currently while others think it is snake oil and not useful at all. The company itself sees it as a complementary product that should be run next to antivirus solutions, and not something that should be run on its own.


Third-Party Download Ads will be a Thing of the Past soon on Google

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

This is a nice move on Google’s part; third-party download ads are almost always an invitation to trouble.

When you search for software downloads currently on Google, for instance for Firefox, VLC or Google Chrome, then ads may be displayed to you before the organic search results. The problem with this is that advertisers were free to buy spots regardless of their relation with the software. This led to situations where users were redirected to third-party sites that had nothing to do with the original project.


Google Blocks – Chrome and Firefox Affected

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Shortened URLs always give me the creeps; before I click on a URL, I want to know where it’s going to take me.

Bitly is a popular url shortening service that is widely used and according to Alexa one of the top 4000 websites in the world. It can be used by anyone to turn any link into a shorter version that looks similar to this one: If you have tried to open the main Bitly website recently or clicked on a link that was shortened by others using the service you may have received a notification in your browser that access to the website has been blocked.


Malware can still Bypass Google Chrome’s Extension Installation Protection

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

It’s amazing after all of these years, that there’s still a need to remind folks to be careful about which links they click on.

Malicious browser extensions have been a big issue in the past couple of years. One should not confuse outright malicious extensions with adware or toolbars even though they are related to some extent. The core difference between those groups of extensions is that malicious extensions go beyond displaying ads, leaking information about a user’s browsing behavior or being plain annoying.