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4 Things Your Antivirus Won’t Help With

Modern antivirus programs offer real-time protection against viruses, spyware, malware and Trojans. In fact, the most advanced programs scan for patterns of software behavior that are known to occur in malicious programs and stop them in their tracks.

However, despite all the touted benefits of antivirus software, there are a number of security areas where your antivirus won’t be of much help and you may need to take other measures to mitigate the risk.

1. Unknown Threats

Creators of malicious code are just as good at their jobs as their computer security counterparts. They test their malware thoroughly and study how antivirus programs work in order to devise new methods to beat them. Attackers constantly study software programs to find vulnerabilities they can exploit before the software makers find and patch them. It’s a cat and mouse game where the cat never seems to get the mouse. In 2015 alone, there were over 84 million malware samples detected by a leading computer security firm. That’s a staggering revelation of the sheer size, resources and determination of the underground malware industry. In fact, there is a raise in virus and threats online affecting the crucial data on your system. Therefore, it is hightime for you to run data recovery software like EaseUS on your PC.

2. Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

As opposed to regular threats whose intention is commonly to cause damage to the network or computer, the main aim of an Advanced Persistent Threat is to steal high value information such as trade or military secrets, financial data or information that could be used for extortion. APT targets are usually big corporations and governments. Perpetrators are large groups of organized criminals and in some cases, governments. Many governments secretly run APT programs targeting local and foreign companies as well other governments.

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APT perpetrators have the singular goal of remaining undetected for as long as possible and gain ongoing access. To gain access to a system, an APT attack will typically begin with spear fishing or social engineering. Spear fishing is similar to email phishing, the only difference being that in spear fishing, an email message appears to have been sent by a trusted person within the organization. For example, a group of employees could receive an email that appears to come from a network administrator asking them to log onto a phony page and update their employee details, it’s important to understand the importance of employee engagement and how it should be done. The fake page captures the login data and the perpetrators immediately access the network and establish numerous back doors by moving laterally across the network. It only takes one employee to fall for the ploy for it to be successful.
One of the most effective ways to detect an APT is to study outbound data. Any sudden and unexplained increase in outbound could be an indication of an ongoing attack. Other tell tale signs could be an unusually high number of spear fishing and social engineering attempts as well as a sudden increase in late night log-ons when few or no staff work at night.

Mitigation can also be achieved through constant training and retraining of staff to recognize spear fishing and social engineering, and to report any attempts immediately.

3. Infected Devices

In the last few years there has been a proliferation in the use of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Around the world, most people now access the Internet more times in a day using a mobile device as opposed to a traditional desktop computer. This has created a vulnerability outside the initial intention of antivirus software.

For example, businesses operating Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs where employees use their own hardware, are at risk. An employee using an infected device to connect to a network can inadvertently spread malware throughout the network. The same thing can occur when a guest connects to your home network. Usage of free data recovery software like EaseUS can help you restore the network settings stored on your computer’s hard disk.

The risks presented by BYOD can be mitigated by:

  • A dedicated firewall.
  • Tightening network security.
  • Enforcing malware scans for new and existing devices connecting to the network.

4. Inside Job

The final risk your free antivirus software will not be able to help you with is an inside job. In this case, every employee is a potential threat that the employer has to live with. And, administrators pose the biggest threat. Perpetrators may be driven by any number of motivations running the gamut from malice and financial gain to external blackmail. Inside jobs are difficult to guard against. The best mitigation is to have a system of checks and balances such as the maker checker rule. Also, staff that occupy sensitive positions should be continuously vetted to ensure they don’t pose a security threat. Click for more information on this

Conclusion

It is clear that in addition to having the best antivirus systems in place, there is a need to understand the threat landscape and remain constantly updated on emerging computer threats and best practices on mitigation.

avast 7 internet security reviewed!

Avast 7.0 Internet Security AntiVirus Brings New User Interface for Users


avast 7.0 antivirus has recently been released. Apart from giving a whole new look to avast.com the team has also uplifted its product’s interface from modern to eye-catchy.

Let me give you a walkthrough of what major changes you will see in this latest version of Avast i.e. the 7.0.

Avast 7.0’s new UI

The installer has also been rebuilt to be more user friendly and in appearance too. The top antivirus software now boasts of a new black rugged look alongwith yellow and blue combinations to make it look neat and attractive.

avast 7.0 internet security - new user interface

There hasn’t been a lot of features introduced in this version, just some slight modifications here and there, the major update being the capability to use remote assistance.

Remote Assistance feature at a look

Remote Assistance is a nice tool which can connect your computer to other computers in your network. Basically it is used for providing technical advise to people almost instantly by making remote connections. This feature has now been incorporated in the standard avast antivirus 7.0.

avast 7.0 internet security - remote assistance feature

Sandbox and Safezone features remains intact

Avast Sandbox and Safezone features remain as it is. You can launch untrusted programs in the sandbox utility to allow safe execution of such applications. Safezone provides a similar environment, only here you can run programs which are extremely sensitive to make sure nobody is eavesdropping.

avast 7.0 internet security - sandbox feature

Browser Protection becomes more intelligent

Browser Protection page has been modified a little bit in this version. Avast integrates a plugin of its own in every browser you have installed on your computer. This Webrep plugin allows you to identify harmful sites on the web. Through this control panel, you can check the status and choose on which browsers this plugin should be installed.

avast 7.0 internet security - browser protection plugin

Better overview of your Protection Services

The Real Time Shields page has received a major interface overhaul. All the shields are now arranged in a circular fashion giving you a better view on what each shield is doing. You can also track which shield is running or stopped by checking what color its displaying, green means on.

avast 7.0 internet security - real time shields

Cloud services brings you streaming updates

Avast 7.0 also brings cloud services with it to provide better updates to its product users. Avast introduces a concept known as streaming updates. Its a feature wherein your virus definitions will be updated the minute avast discovers of a new virus and adds it to its database.

avast 7.0 internet security - cloud services

Cloud services page also gives you a nicer look as to which service is currently turned on. When the nebula’s wire is yellow it means you have enabled the service, when it becomes gray that means its off.

Avast Market introduces new Products on its list

avast! market has three new products available to purchase this time. avast backup which syncs your data to the cloud is tagged at $49.99 / year. avast rescue disc is available for just $9.99 and avast easypass which lets you store your passwords securely in a vault is priced at $9.99 / year.

If you think i have missed out any other features, please feel free to drop by a comment and i will include it in the list above.

Avira Antivirus 2012 has been officially released!

Avira Antivirus 12 Free and Premium Internet Security has been released!

Avira Antivirus for 2012 has been released today. Avira GmbH which is a major software company known for providing the best antivirus products for the users has unveiled its yet another version of its popular antivirus software AntiVir 12.

One of the editors at the CNET, Seth Rosenblatt just revealed it today in the official blog post.

Avira has done some serious changes to the interface. It looks amazing and works faster than the “former products” Avira Antivir (what’s the name again?). Yes that’s right, Seth told us the company has dropped the “AntiVir” title and now is just known by the name Avira Antivirus.

Avira Premium Antivirus 2012 new interface

Coming to the good part, the new changes in the latest product is the “two-click” install. According to the Avira team, the antivirus is more lighter now and gets installed in just a matter of seconds and within few clicks. Don’t worry the features have not been compromised, the product actually performs better than before and as many say Avira is known for its “false positives”. Well you don’t have to worry about that, the new product has been fixed and is more reliable now.

Although you may want to make sure that you don’t have any other antivirus softwares installed prior to the installation. Even if you have, Avira makes sure to uninstall it before proceeding with the setup. As we all know running two or more antiviruses not only makes our system slow but also brings instability into the antivirus components.

Avira Webguard has also undergone some advanced changes. Let us hear what Seth has to say,

“the WebGuard takes a more aggressive approach to detecting sites that could be hosting malware before they load on your computer.”

Avira Free Antivirus 12

So if you are convinced enough, go try out the new antivirus today and check out for yourself. Here is the download link for Avira Free Antivirus 12 . As for the paid products, Avira Antivirus Premium Security 2012 comes with 1 year license for $29.99 but if you want you can also try it out for free for 30 days. The wholedeal i.e. Avira Internet Security 2012 comes with 1 year license for $49.99 only.

Norton Mobile Security for Android

Norton Mobile Security for Android: Reliable Protection Guaranteed!

Hi friends. Today i am going to review Norton Mobile Security for Android devices. This is a full guide and feature-list to Norton Mobile Security for Android. I am going to discuss all its protection mechanisms and how it makes viruses a thing of the past.

Norton Mobile Security for Android reviewed

Being a open source fan myself i prefer Android over any other Mobile Operating system, simply because its so easy to work with and its functionality is always extendable. Keeping your Android device safe and secure is entirely upto you, its decided on how well you authorize data transfers on the web with your Android phone. With the availability of third party apps, malicious users can easily gain control over our phone. This is where Norton Mobile Security comes in to save you.

So recently i got the chance to try out the paid product and here’s what i came to know:

INSTALLATION:

The setup is very simple or what we call as a 2-minute install. Just visit this link from your Android phone and download the Norton Mobile Security for Android software. You will get a .apk file, just install it and you are good to go.

At its first start it will ask you for your activation code. You should enter the secret code that you got when you purchased the product. Norton will then connect to its licensing server to check if the code is valid and enable your subscription period momentarily.

FEATURE STUDY:

As soon as you’re in, you will get a host of options to choose from such as Setting up Anti-Theft, Anti Malware, Call and SMS Blocking, Web Protection etc. So lets discuss them one by one.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Features

Anti-Theft: This is an advanced feature which remotely locks your lost or stolen device via a SMS and prevents strangers from seeing your private information. You can wipe your sensitive data remotely with the help of your friend’s mobile. Just send the password in the form of a text message to your phone and all your data gets erased to protect your identity.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Anti Theft

To help locate your device, Norton Mobile Security also sends the exact GPS coordinates of your phone’s whereabouts, offering an increased chance of retrieving it. I found this feature to be very helpful since very few software companies these days actually safeguard your phone even when its lost.

Anti Malware: This feature regularly checks your Android system for viruses and other malware that might have gained access. You can also schedule your scans to run at specified intervals. This utility also gives you an option to scan your memory card which slows down your system for a while but that’s a choice i am willing to take.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Anti Malware

Call and SMS Blocking: You can block unwanted numbers and text messages with this feature. Also you can create your own Block List to prevent those numbers from communicating with your device in the future. This is a great utility as you can permanently get rid of a certain someone who annoys you all the time.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Block calls

Web Protection: Surfing websites has never been easy. Hackers can easily gain advantage to your phone and use it for fraudulent purposes if you are careless. Norton Mobile Security’s brings you a web protection that constantly protects you from phishing and malware sites. It works with the Android browser and scans your clicks as you visit them.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Web Protection

Automatic Update: Norton Mobile Security’s LiveUpdate installs and updates your databases automatically. You can also schedule your updates to be a performed when you find it convenient. My update ran for under a minute and all the catalog files were updated successfully. LiveUpdate also respects what you are doing and disables the update feature when you are roaming.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Live Update

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY: 

Norton Mobile Security is available for purchase at leading retailers and telcos across the country at Rs 599 for a single license. The price includes a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec’s protection updates.

If you want to check out the free version before purchasing the fully paid product check out Norton Mobile Security Lite (NMS Lite) available for Free Download at the Android Market.

VERDICT:

I would like to give this product a 4 1/2 star out of 5 stars. When i was working with the Auto Scan enabled i hardly experienced any lag, all the applications ran as smoothly as possible. The only con i found in this product is its memory consumption. My Android phone has 280 MB of RAM installed and Norton was consuming 1.03% of it. But i think that’s a very small price to pay considering of all the pros this product carries especially the NMS tracker technology.

I give a GO to this product and recommend it to all the Android users as security is always important whether it is a PC or a Smartphone, prevention always has the upper hand.

Now show your love and drop a comment to express your views! We are excited to hear your thoughts.

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BitDefender 2012 beta version is out. Grab it now!

BitDefender just released its newest and latest antivirus software for all, the BitDefender Total Security 2012. But the antivirus is still in beta. Lets quickly list out the new features which will force you to make the change.

Bitdefender 2012 next gen antivirus

1. Autopilot – This feature is the same one seen in the G-Data antivirus. It takes decisions for you without any manual intervention. No pop-ups, no alerts, nothing to configure.

2. Scan Dispatcher – This feature intelligently performs a scan of your system when PC usage falls below a certain level and pauses it when usage is maximum or above normal.

3. Rescue Mode – Sometimes hidden viruses are very adamant and thus become very tough to remove, which is what we call as rootkits. When this situation occurs BitDefender switches the system into Rescue mode where they can be wiped clean.

4. Streamlined installation – This is less of a feature and more of a plus point to the antivirus. With this, the installation speed of the antivirus is greatly increased. BitDefender claims 2012 version takes half the time to install than its previous version.

5. Online Backup+Cloud integration – All the files of your BitDefender products are safely uploaded to the BitDefender servers. This way if there is an outbreak next time you can safely rollback to the files sitting on the servers. Currently BitDefender Total Security 2012 offers you a free plan of 2GB storage space.

6. File Sync – Synchronize all your files from one computer to another or a whole workstation. Changes made to one system are automatically applied to other systems.

7. Smart interface – Most frequently accessed items are automatically visible on the main window. So that next time you want a specific task done you don’t have to navigate all the way where the component is located.

8. Social Networking+ – We see a lot of links on the various social networking sites. Have you thought that some of them are spam and are deliberately put there for you to get affected? BitDefender now scans all your links on Facebook and Twitter so that you can surf without any worries.

Bitdefender 2012 Beta

NEW INTERFACE (Bonus Feature) – BitDefender has completely revamped the user interface. It now features a XBOX 360 like alert circle. Lighting system is bright and next-gen type. The design is clean and smooth. Don’t worry it wont hog your system resources, it is light and silent!

DOWNLOAD the beta and see for yourself. (NOTE: The antivirus is still in beta mode, use it at your own risk)

Drop in all your comments and tell us what you think of the new BitDefender 2012! Will you make the change?

Avast! Antivirus 5.1 – Features and Review

Well I guess you read the title, now lets get down to the point!
First of all, I am not gonna bullshit you about which is the best antivirus in the world, you all have tried out your share of trial and error with antiviruses. So have i, but when i say you will be more than happy with this product after you install it, then you have my word for it!

So lets bring up the feature list, so that you will have a proper idea of how this product actually works for you.

1. Memory Consumption

First of all let me say, the product is very light on your resources. I have personally tested and found out that avast Firewall uses 1,000K of your memory and avast Service uses less than 3000K and avast user interface also uses less than 3000K. Total that up and you get 7,000K memory usage. Even if you take the well known KASPERSKY, the avp process alone takes about 30,000K of memory. You dont even want me to talk about NORTON and BITDEFENDER because their memory usage is off the charts. You want to know how to check your memory usage then press Ctrl+Shift+Esc, that will bring you to the Windows Task Manager, from there select the processes tab and you will learn how much memory each application is currently consuming on your system.

2. Real Time Protection

To talk about real time protection, well no need to worry about that because there will be a lot of Shields running to protect your system from any kind of malware attack. Just to name a few there’s the File, Mail, Web, P2P, IM, Network, Script and Behaviour Shields. Antispam and Site Blocking is also included. In addition you also get the Process Virtualization where you get to run any type of application that you suspect will harm your system to run it a safe environment isolated from your system.

3. Firewall

The avast FIREWALL is one of the top class firewalls you rarely get to see in any antivirus. This firewall’s most prominent feature is that it can graphically track the geographic region of the IP address connecting to your system. You can actually see from which Country or State the connection is coming from. Cool, isnt it!! It also resolves the names of the IP addresses for you at the press of a button for the ease of recognizing its identity. Application rules and basic firewall settings are automatically configured.

4. Scanning

Scanning is quick and easy too. No need to be a rocket scientist to learn it. Standard scanning methods include: Quick, Full, Removable Media Scan and Custom Scan. For more stubborn viruses and rootkits avast becomes a hardass too and gives you the legendary Boot time scan which runs before even the OS is loaded so that there’s no time to escape for viruses.

5. Updates

The maintenance of the antivirus is pretty hassle free. Virus definitions and Program updates are automatically perfomed. License is automatically inserted at the time of installation.

6. User Interface

The Interface of avast is pretty slick and sexy. People who are looking for any cool features in avast…uh-huh…wot..come on, its avast we are talking about. Yes there’s this new feature which i kept from all of you to talk about it in the last. Its the avast Sounds system. You ever wondered which antiviruses are those promoted in the movies which have a female voice telling you that the scan has finished, updates have been performed. Yes that feature has been recently integrated in avast and it is just fascinating to hear that voice.

So what are you waiting for, try out the new Avast 5.1 and experience Computer Protection at its best! 🙂