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2 Easy steps to combat POODLE attack (SSL 3.0 website bug)

Poodle Attack

There is a new vulnerability discovered called POODLE. Websites using SSL certificates which makes use of SSL V3 protocol are affected. For the end user it means websites where one sees the green color lock symbol in the address bar ( secured websites where data is encrypted and sent over secured layer, generally bank transactions) which uses SSL v3 are at risk. A team in Google has discovered this bug, where an hacker could read the data which is sent in plain text under SSL V3.

How to fix or protect yourself from POODLE attack?

Server side

You can check if a given website is affected by checking if it uses SSL V3 protocol by using this tool by Qualsys SSL labs. If yes, It has to be made retired by allowing only TLS 1.0 and above.

Client side

You can adjust your settings in browsers by directing it to use only TLS v1.0 and above protocols. That could automatically disable you from exposing to SSL V3.0 where it is vulnerable to POODLE attack. You can follow these steps and adjust following settings on your preferred browsers.

Google Chrome
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Mozilla Firefox
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Internet Explorer
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Update 1 : Twitter has retired SSL v3 protocol server side.

Update 2: Firefox 34 has removed support for SSL3 to combat poodle attack.

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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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Safe Browsing with Comodo Dragon browser

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Be Safe

Comodo Dragon Internet Browser is a new web browser based on Chromium, the open source project which is also used by Google Chrome.

Comodo has been leading in online security with its SSL certification and top level PC security with products such as an anti-virus, firewall, internet security, anti-spam, anti-malware, time machine etc.

Recently Comodo released its new web browser which is a Fast and versatile Internet Browser based on Chromium, infused with Comodo’s unparalleled level of Security!

Features of the Dragon:

  • Chromium interface
  • Improved Security over Chromium
  • Easy SSL Certificate Identification
  • Fast Website Access
  • Greater Stability and Less Memory Usage
  • Incognito Mode Stops Cookies, Improves Privacy

This means, you get all the features of Google Chrome, including Chrome’s blazing fast net speed, with enhanced security from Comodo !!!

Advantage of Dragon over Chrome:
The Dragon is built on the Chromium open source project which means it has exactly all the features of Chrome, but with an additional essential feature. Improved Security.

Here is a screenshot I took of the Comodo Dragon:

Comodo Dragon Internet Browser

It feels just like Google Chrome, same looks, same features, same blazing fast speed, only with better security.

If you love using Chrome then this is the browser meant for you.

Visit the Comodo Dragon Homepage to find out more.

Try it out and tell us how you liked it. Give your comments…..

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