Posts Tagged ‘norton’

Verify that QR Code Destinations are Safe Before you Visit Them

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

This has bothered me for some time now; before I click on a link, I want to know exactly where it will take me … and the same thing goes for QR codes too.

QR Codes are used in many different situations to provide mobile users with quick access to information. From being used in magazines as quick links to websites and services to advertisement or placement on product labels. It works by scanning the code with the device’s camera which usually results in information being displayed on the screen. If the QR code points to a url, it is displayed to the user. While that may be useful, there is usually no indication whether that url is safe or not.


How to Bypass Symantec’s WS.Reputation.1 System

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Here’s an interesting new approach to system security … and a cool trick for getting around the new approach to system security.

Every year companies like Symantec or Kaspersky are refreshing their security lineup, usually by adding a number of new features to the products and changing the year at the end of the product name. One of Symantec’s recent additions to its Norton consumer security product line includes a reputation engine. This is basically a cloud-based system that uses information from all Symantec programs to determine the reputation of a file or program on a computer system.


Adobe Shockwave Player Now Installs Norton Security Scan

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

This sounds like a potential source of problems; Norton is sometimes incompatible with other anti-virus products.

Bundling third party applications with your own software is not a new thing on the Internet. It is for instance quite common that you see the Ask Toolbar, Babylon Toolbar, or any other toolbar added to software installations. Users who do not pay attention to the installation are then not only installing the software they want on their system, but also software they do not want. To make matters worse, it usually is not that easy to get rid of the latter.


How to Update Last Year’s Security Software to this Year’s

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Here’s a neat trick that appears to work on a variety of different security programs …

Most security software companies, like Kaspersky, Symantec or Bitdefender, release new products ever year. The updated programs often come with additional security modules, better detection, engines, resource usage and other features that make them more powerful than last year’s version.


The 2010 Anti-Virus league tables are out!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Kind of surprising that McCafee and Adaware didn’t make the list …

AV Test have now released the results of their 2010 best anti-virus for Windows 7.  The tests put each anti-virus package through a rigorous set of tests to determine not only how good they are at detecting and removing malware and viruses, but also how usable the software is…