A Billion in the Cloud

Recently, sharp-eyed users congratulated me with a ‘billion’ items in Kaspersky Security Network. Thank you! Although, I need to explain what that ‘billion’ is.
 

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Kaspersky AdCleaner: Anti-Banner for iOS

Kaspersky AdCleaner: Anti-Banner for iOS

Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security users are familiar with Anti-Banner, a handy component that blocks annoying ads on websites and in software interfaces.

Ad-blockers are really useful nowadays. Using them lets you open websites faster, makes webpages more readable, and stops data-gathering tools from spying on you.

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Apple doesn’t allow any antivirus solutions into its protected garden — the AppStore — but we took some of our technologies, ones that can be just as useful to iOS users, and wrapped them into an individual app. Thus, our Anti-Banner evolved into Kaspersky AdCleaner. It blocks online banners on iPhones and...

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Le Château sur L’Eau.

Le Château sur L’Eau.

En route from Jersey to Paris, there was simply no way we could have missed Mont Saint-Michel, the fortified island town – actually, island ‘commune’ – a kilometer out to sea off the Normandy coast. I’ll let the pics make the introductions:

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Getting to the island isn’t all that straightforward, as it’s off the traditional beaten touristic path for France. But if ever you’re in the north of the country – a visit to this unique town is a must.

You can’t drive to the island in your own vehicle; you need to hop on this here bus – with a driver’s cabin at both ends! Ingenious idea! The bus doesn’t need lots of room to turn round in – as it...

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The Antarctic Biennale: Cybersecurity meets science and art

The Antarctic Biennale: Cybersecurity meets science and art

We’ve already posted about Eugene Kaspersky and about a hundred other people being on their way to the Antarctic. Well, neither Eugene nor his travel companions do such things on a regular basis, so you have to figure there’s a reason behind it. There is: We are sponsoring the Antarctic Biennale.

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The Antarctic Biennale Expedition brings together approximately 100 participants — artists, researchers, and visionaries from all over the world — to explore and to think about a universal cultural future for Antarctica as a model of other “shared spaces” such as Ocean and Outer Space. The art...

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Jersey to Normandy on a Very Ferry.

Jersey to Normandy on a Very Ferry.

Bonjour folks!

Onward we march sail…

We were up very early and headed for the Jersey-St-Malo ferry. The plan was to get a rental car and drive down to Paris, taking the scenic route through Normandy and Brittany. That was the plan, anyway…

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Though Google reckons you can drive from Jersey to St-Malo, I wouldn’t like to try it. Much better to go on the large catamaran-ferry, which travels at 65km/h (35 knots) across the sea. Not bad at all!…

Goodbye Jersey, shame to leave you; we’ll be back!…

The ferry is fab. Good eats and drinks, a duty-free and cash exchange, plus comfy armchairs. How a ferry should be really.

Our trip lasted 90 minutes;...

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Straight outta Antarctica

Straight outta Antarctica

How’s the weather today? Warm, sunny? We are also warm here, but only if we don’t leave our cabins. Guess where we are? You’ll never guess: We are in Antarctic waters, mixing icy asceticism with science and art. Our 117-meter-long vessel, the Academik Sergey Vavilov, has already left the harbor of Ushuaia, which is located in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and is heading south.

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South sounds warm, but in fact it’s not: We will be crossing the Antarctic Circle, touching the shores of several islands near the Antarctic continent, planting our feet on the ice of Antarctica itself, and then heading to Cape Horn. Only then will we turn back home.

We’re here...

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Jersey in a Day.

Jersey in a Day.

Hi folks!

Herewith, more tales from Jersey.

I wasn’t quite expecting it but the island is a very beautiful one. It’s very green, with brightly colored flowers in places (in-between the potato fields). To the north it’s all rocks and cliffs along the coast. In good weather you can see the neighboring islands, and even a bit of France to the east.

In the evening we got to see a nice sunset above the sea:

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But anyway. You might be wondering what we were doing on Jersey. Of course – working; plus touristy bits added on, as always ).

So, would you be able to point out Jersey on a map? Well if not here you go.

It’s only a small island, measuring around just 15 x 10...

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Oysterry Fields Forever.

Oysterry Fields Forever.

Jersey feeds itself with the plentiful supply of potatoes that grows here; but all carbs and no protein is good for no man, woman or child, as you’ll all know. God knows this too, clearly, because he gave Jersey plentiful coastlines which, in combination with suitable climatic conditions, are the perfect place for oyster (protein!) breeding plantations. Which is where, unexpectedly, we were headed for a continuation of our touristic inspection of the island – shrouded by a thick fog and on the most unusual means of transport.

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Here’s our ride:

When the tide goes out here, it really goes out. More so than in Zanzibar: two or three miles even!! It was here...

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Hi Eugene
Thanks for developing ransomware decryption tools and making them available for free.
This shows technological edge and expertise of Kaspersky Developers.
I need your help in decrypting Wallet ransomware.I run latest decrypter (02.03.2017) .It identifies encryption but gives some error.
I have report file with me.Can you pls. help.
Thank you
Regards
kiran

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My Precious Data: Digital clutter and its dangers

My Precious Data: Digital clutter and its dangers

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  • The rapid growth in the use of applications has significantly added to the digital clutter that exists on people’s digital devices: for example, users typically install 12 Android apps every month but delete only 10, in effect adding two apps to their device on a monthly basis.
  • As a result, some apps are left unused and idle on digital devices: On computers, at least 30% of installed applications are never used.
  • The danger is that apps remain active even though the user is not using them: on average users have 66 apps on their Android device, but an experiment which installed a representative sample of 66 of the most...
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The secret life of apps

The secret life of apps

Modern smartphones have way more memory than desktop computers had a decade ago. Out of space? Why bother deleting anything when you can just replace your old 64GB memory card with new shiny 128GB card? It doesn’t exactly cost a fortune.

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For the most part, inexpensive storage is a good thing, but there’s a downside: With so much space, we don’t care anymore how many files and programs we store in our devices’ memory. According to our research, on average, modern Android users have 66 apps installed on their smartphones or tablets. Moreover, we typically install about a dozen new apps every month but delete only ten, effectively increasing the overall...

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Quiz: Is your digital clutter out of control?

Quiz: Is your digital clutter out of control?

Back in 2015, a 47-year-old man from the Netherlands became one of the first people to be diagnosed with “digital hoarding disorder.” The man took thousands of digital pictures daily and spent hours every day organizing the photos on his computer. Go ahead and laugh — but think for a second about how many treasured memories lurk beyond your digital desktop.

New Kaspersky Lab research reveals that many users may be at risk of having the same addiction. Digital clutter goes beyond photos; it can include collections of apps, messages, and more. Moreover, excessive digital clutter makes you more vulnerable to cyberthreats. Take our quiz and...

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Jersey, pt. 1: A Hoard of Celtic Cash.

Jersey, pt. 1: A Hoard of Celtic Cash.

Hi folks – from the Bailiwick of Jersey, UK. Time for some touristic study of the history, ethnography, and other places and things of interest on this curious little island in the English Channel just a stone’s throw from France.

All righty. Before I get started here, er, could someone in the audience please tell me whether Jersey is an independent state or not? Why do ask? So I know whether I can add a +1 to my ‘been-to’ list of countries, of course!

The other reason I ask is that I couldn’t work it out for myself. I mean, WHAT?!: “[Jersey is] a Crown dependency of the United Kingdom, ruled by the Crown in right of Jersey. … Jersey...

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hello 
there is no kaspersky official partner in Iran.
i wanna become a partner.
ive got confused reading ''how to become a pratner link''.
please help.

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My Precious Data: Digital clutter and its dangers

My Precious Data: Digital clutter and its dangers

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  • The rapid growth in the use of applications has significantly added to the digital clutter that exists on people’s digital devices: for example, users typically install 12 Android apps every month but delete only 10, in effect adding two apps to their device on a monthly basis.
  • As a result, some apps are left unused and idle on digital devices: On computers, at least 30% of installed applications are never used.
  • The danger is that apps remain active even though the user is not using them: on average users have 66 apps on their Android device, but an experiment which installed a representative sample of 66 of the most...
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+1 Enterprise Intelligence Service: Introducing Our Cyberthreat X-Ray!

+1 Enterprise Intelligence Service: Introducing Our Cyberthreat X-Ray!

Human beings are a curious lot. It’s in their nature to try and get to the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of everything and anything. And this applies in cybersecurity too; in fact – doubly so: getting to the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of cyberthreats is the very basis upon which cybersecurity is built; thus, upon which KL is built.

Getting to the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ for us means meticulously taking apart every cyberattack into its respective constituent pieces, analyzing it all and, if necessary, developing specific protection against it. And it’s always better to do this proactively, based on the mistakes of...

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An Improved Formula for Formula 1.

An Improved Formula for Formula 1.

Another year, another beerF1 – in Ferrari red, of course.

Around this time of year Formula One fans start emerging from their winter hibernation in preparation for the upcoming season. And that upcoming season is just two weeks away! Indeed, on March 24-26 the engines will be roaring, the tires will be burning, and the sleek polished bodies of the racing cars will be sparkling in the bright sun down in Melbourne. Get ready for much flag-waving, much honking of sirens, colossal crowds, and millions of fans all around the world glued to their TVs…

It’s harder than ever to say who will do well this season and who won’t. For those who might not be...

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How ephemeral metadata may cause real problems

How ephemeral metadata may cause real problems

Calling Captain Obvious…come in, Captain Obvious: Which IT threat brings the most danger to enterprises, SMBs, governments, and individuals?

The answer, of course, is data breaches. Now: Which data breaches are the hardest to prevent? And the answer is, those people don’t know about.

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Today we are talking about something most people don’t know or think much about, metadata — information about a file rather than information shown in a file. Metadata can turn a normal digital document into compromising intel.

Document metadata

Let’s start our deep dive with a bit of theory. American law defines three categories of metadata:

  1. App...
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Barcelona-Kiev-Yerevan.

Barcelona-Kiev-Yerevan.

Surprisingly, Kiev turned out to be the best connection on the journey from Barcelona to Yerevan.

For the first time in my life I flew Ukrainian Airlines. It is basically fine. Only the seats in business class are cramped and uncomfortable (as with most European companies) – they’re the same as in economy class, only three seats are used for two passengers. If the person sitting in front leans back, it becomes very difficult to do any work on a laptop – the keyboard ends up at your throat. You know how it is. What else didn’t I like – well, during the transfer at Boryspil we parked up on the tarmac, and only one bus was sent to transfer all the passengers...

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Too many passwords? Try our Password Manager for iOS!

Too many passwords? Try our Password Manager for iOS!

Password management is one of the most essential and yet probably the most annoying of security measures. Short passwords are easy to remember, but they’re insecure; long and strong passwords are hard to remember — especially if you’re using unique ones, as you should do if you value security.

When it comes to smartphones, passwords are even more painful: strong and unique passwords are not only hard to remember, they’re actually hard to type with the tiny on-screen keypads of mobile devices. Well, we have an easy solution for all these problems. It’s called Kaspersky Password Manager.

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Password...

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F1 warm up, Barcelona-style.

F1 warm up, Barcelona-style.

Quite unexpectedly, it turns out that the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is taking place at the same time that the F1 teams are test driving at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Well, obviously we have to go there! And, well, here we are!

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During these test sessions the venues are usually deserted – no noisy crowds, no stony-faced security, no rushing to and from one part of the track to another and none of the hot dog fast-food smells. Nothing!

What’s new?

Once again, the technical requirements for the cars have been changed a lot and, most importantly, there are new aerodynamics. Plus the wheels have become wider. This has had a serious effect on...

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Tip of the week: Browser extension features

Tip of the week: Browser extension features

It’s the small things in life — delicious tea in your favorite mug, comfortable shoes, a flower on the window seat, and … the Kaspersky Protection browser extension. We’ve already discussed its main functions: protecting your passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal data from leakage, as well as keeping you from stumbling into malicious websites. However, this small program has a few other useful features.

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Kaspersky Protection is a part of Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security. It is installed automatically into Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, after which your browser will ask you if...

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Mobile Barcelona, or Digital Barcelona?

Mobile Barcelona, or Digital Barcelona?

Location: Earth, Europe, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, Mobile World Congress 2017.

Another year, another season, and I’m back into my must-attend event-extraordinaire-schedule. And the Barcelonan MWC is one such must-attend event-extraordinaire. I’ve already written plenty about the basics regarding this annual technology show, and I don’t want to repeat all that this year. But last year I was here for such a short length of time that I had no time to look around properly. This year there were carefully planned pauses between my scheduled appointments, so I was able to get my camera out and go walkabout around this extraordinary exhibition.

But...

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Keeping blockchain on track while the hype fades

Keeping blockchain on track while the hype fades

About a year ago, a number of people, truly passionate enthusiasts and straight-up frauds alike, started manically preaching the coming of the Blockchain Almighty. It will change the world forever, said the Cult of the Blockchain. The technology, they predicted, would enable ultimate transaction chain transparency thanks to the distributed ledger. Traditional payments systems would be tossed out on the garbage heap of history. Central banks would be transformed throughout the world.

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And forget about transactions for a sec — blockchain was set to make a lot of other things obsolete. For example, the fanatics said, thanks to blockchain,...

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Darwin’s Patent Panopticon – Pt. 3.

Darwin’s Patent Panopticon – Pt. 3.

Human ingenuity never fails to astonish, leave dumbfounded, and/or smiling. I mean, just look at this:

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No, really. This is the main diagram in the US patent for a ‘manually self-operated butt-kicking machine’:

But wait – it gets better when it all gets described in words!

“The Butt kicker is very user friendly with the number of kicking repetitions, type of repetitions, speed of operation, amplitude or height of the kicking cycle, magnitude of the kicking force, and impact and energy of the kick all controlled by the user or operator. This invention is a new, novel, and unique machine with multiple uses, which range from amusement to...

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StoneDrill: We’ve Found New Powerful ‘Shamoon-ish’ Wiper Malware – and It’s Serious.

StoneDrill: We’ve Found New Powerful ‘Shamoon-ish’ Wiper Malware – and It’s Serious.

If you’re a regular reader of this here blog of mine, you’ll know about our GReAT (Global Research and Analysis Team) – 40+ top-notch cybersecurity experts dotted all around the globe specializing in protecting our customers from the most sophisticated cyberthreats out there. GReATers like to compare their work to paleontology: exploring the deep web for the ‘bones’ of ‘cyber monsters’. Some may consider this an old-fashioned approach: what’s so special about analyzing the ‘bones’ of ‘creatures’ from the distant past when it’s protecting your networks from monsters that...

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