Posts Tagged ‘third party’

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.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Search Lock Already Bypassed

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Well that certainly didn’t take very long …

Microsoft announced on April 28, 2016 that it implemented a change on Windows 10 that prevents third-party programs from hijacking the operating system’s web search functionality. It took one day to create a solution to revert the change so that web searches on Windows 10 once again open in the default system browser regardless of whether that is Microsoft Edge or another web browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera.

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Avoid Third-Party Sponsor Deals during Java Installation or Upgrade

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

This kind of goes without saying … but it also bears repeating.

The guide offers three methods to disable sponsored offers during the installation or upgrade of Java on machines running the Windows operating system. Sun Oracle’s Java is widely used both on the Internet and also locally on computer systems. While it is still being used on the Internet, modern browsers such as Chrome or Firefox will or already have removed plugin support for Java preventing users of the browser to access content on the Internet that requires the plugin.

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The Majority of Free Antivirus Solutions Ship with Potentially Unwanted Offers

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The headline for this article misses the most interesting part of the article: a short list of free antivirus programs that don’t include potentially unwanted offers …

Developers and companies that offer free version of products have different options at their disposal to monetize their work. From pro and business editions over donations to third-party offers. Third-party offers in this context means integration of other programs or services in the installer to earn revenue whenever users install those offers.

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AVG’s Browser Configuration Tool Undoes Browser Changes by AVG Software

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

This is sort of an interesting development; AVG has come out with a program that can be used to remove toolbars and other third-party software that comes bundled with AVG software.

Nowadays whenever you install a security software on your Windows operating system or another software there is always the chance that third-party software is installed along with it. These offers don’t have to be included by the developer of the software program, as it is quite common as well that download portals wrap programs in custom installers that will install those programs as well if you are not careful.

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Google Improves Security of External Extension Installations Further in Chrome

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Third party extensions can be helpful sometimes, but they can also be a source of tremendous grief. It sounds like Google is taking the right steps to make sure third party extensions can’t serve as a conduit for malware.

Some call extensions the bread and butter of a browser. While I’d say that other factors play a role here as well, it is undeniable that extensions can improve the usability of a browser and browsing the Internet significantly. The popularity of extensions on the other hand has brought with it abuse of said system, usually for monetization or tracking purposes.

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Google Chrome to Warn Against Malicious Extension Downloads

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Google has taken another crack at protecting its browser from malicious, third-party extensions …

Google has added several safeguards to the Chrome web browser in recent time to increase the security of the browser in regards to the installation of browser extensions. The developers blocked the option to install Chrome extensions from third party websites last year. This prevents installations by the user but also by automatic means from third party websites, and while there is a way around that, it is a manual way so that it cannot be exploited.

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