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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PhwoahxPhwoah in the Desert.

PhwoahxPhwoah in the Desert.

Ever driven across a desert – I mean, off-road – actually on the sand? Probably not – it generally can’t be done by all and sundry; only specially-trained, experienced drivers are permitted. But it doesn’t really matter; just being in a passenger seat is equally thrilling as being sat behind the wheel. The experience beats helter-skelters easy. Must-try!…

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Alas, after such a wonderful sunrise, the sunset was a bit disappointing. There was a strong wind, and the clouds on the horizon appeared to eat up the sun-imbued colors like a crocodile. Or so it seemed to me ). All the same – pretty awesome, even though it seemed to have been digested by a...

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Android for cars: Secure connection?

Android for cars: Secure connection?

In the movie Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000), viewers follow the humorous tale of two guys who partied a bit too hard trying to remember where they parked their car. We’ve all been there — well, not to the extent of the movie characters, but raise your hand if you have ever forgotten where you parked at a concert, shopping center, or grocery store.

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Fast-forward 17 years and there are apps for everything — even your car. Chances are, if an app might make part of your life easier, someone will develop it and plenty of people will use it.

Over the past few years, the concept of the connected car has continued to evolve — and become reality. At...

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Are you ready for a ransomware attack?

Are you ready for a ransomware attack?

No one expects ransomware — until it happens. If you think it’ll never hit you, consider this: According to Kaspersky Lab data, last year ransomware hit a new victim every 10 seconds. How lucky do you feel?

We created the NoRansom website to help victims. The site hosts all of our free decryption tools and information about ransomware programs. Every Internet user should know how to protect themselves from ransomware, and also what to do in case they’re hit. NoRansom.kaspersky.com serves both purposes, providing both information and utilities. We urge everybody to visit it, although we hope you’ll never need it.

You think you are well...

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Desert Scene: Beautiful, Serene.

Desert Scene: Beautiful, Serene.

Deserts…

Nothing quite like them. Endless sandy scenery, wavy dunes, sand all squishy underfoot – or blowing up into your face by the wind; in fact, sand: EVERYWHERE! In your boots, in your pockets, in your… teeth! But despite such petty tortures (and with sandals on your feet, not boots) – the desert is otherworldly beautiful, breathtaking, brain-numbing, hypnotizing. Like this:

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These pics are all from hereRub’ al Khali (‘Empty Quarter’), on the border between Abu-Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

Whoah. Wiki states that: “Empty Quarter is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world”. United Whoah Emirates!

You know by now…: I like my...

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Password and password managers problems: Solved in a single update

Password and password managers problems: Solved in a single update

We keep talking (and talking, and talking) about passwords. Having strong passwords for all accounts is really a must: Our recent study shows that one in five users has experienced attempts to hack their accounts — usually by plain and simple brute-force cracking of weak passwords.

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Keep in mind that any digital account is more than just a way to access certain information. Accounts in social networks are keys to our memories that we probably don’t want to lose, and to some degree they are our reputation, which we probably don’t want smeared.

Gaming accounts are especially attractive to cybercriminals; many people...

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A Knight’s Move.

A Knight’s Move.

Howdy boys and girls!

Many of you will already know about our latest sponsorship project – seen it on the news or on one of our sites, if not this one.

But for those who missed it…

In this here large charming building, constructed specially to house such events – in the Emirate of Sharjah

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…a few days ago we announced to the world that we’re now sponsors of world championship chess, i.e., of FIDE and World Chess!

So… why?

To me, it’s simple: chess is a smart and cool game. And we love things that are smart and cool…

We like being smart and cool too, if I don’t mind saying so, and we hope everyone else can be smart and cool too. We’re smart and...

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2016 Stat: 75% of ransomware comes from Russian-speaking criminal underground

2016 Stat: 75% of ransomware comes from Russian-speaking criminal underground

The annual RSA conference will often overwhelm the average attendee. Between the great talks, the exhibition hall, the parties, and the city of San Francisco itself, there is a whole lot to take in.

It typically takes some time for the talks to really pick up and build up steam to drop a fact that makes you say…wow or damn. However, this year, it took me all of six hours from landing in the city from frigid Boston.

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While sitting in the RSAC 2017 Ransomware Summit, I was floored when I heard Anton Ivanov, a senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab, drop the following tidbit.

Out of the 62 crypto ransomware...

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Online relationships: Are you dating a scammer?

Online relationships: Are you dating a scammer?

Before the advent of Internet dating, we used to head to various places to socialize and meet people — bars, pubs, clubs, parties, weddings, places of worship, and even the library. It took physical effort and mental courage to walk up to someone and introduce oneself.

Now, with online dating websites and apps, it has become easy to find a partner — or in this case, a match — even from a different country if you wish. You can start judging the person by looking at their picture and reading their profile details to see if they might be your type.

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Computers and servers in these virtual dating agencies filter the millions of people in...

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Creole Spirit.

Creole Spirit.

So what else can I tell you about Say-Cheese-Chelles? I just have to tell you about the cleanliness here…

In a full three days here, which meant a lot of ocean-gawping while strolling along beaches, we didn’t come across one single piece of waste plastic, not one bottle, not one soda can, not one juice carton, and no other inorganic waste whatsoever in the sea. All of it perfectly garbage-free. And as a result – no negative emotions either :-)…

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The islands themselves are neat and tidy too. All the roads well tarmacked, all the houses (that we saw) thoroughly kempt. There are tatty shacks too, but they were only visible from up above in a helicopter and somewhere in...

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Seychellic Park.

Seychellic Park.

The second-largest famous thing of Seychelles is its giant tortoise. Specifically it’s from the Aldabra atoll, one of the Outer Islands of Seychelles, but it’s now featured on many of the other Seychelles islands too. Lovely creatures – and they don’t mind your taking their pics or even touching their shells :-):

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You can also see turtles like this in Zanzibar. But in Seychelles, specifically on Curieuse Island – Curious Island! – there are more of them and they’ve more space to crawl around in. They’re such funny animals, wriggling about here and there in no rush at all, nibbling on this or that or just lying still. Tourists are encouraged to feed them...

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All about Android app permissions

All about Android app permissions

In the face of malware, Android has a very good defense mechanism — the app permissions system. This system defines a set of actions an app is allowed (or not allowed) to perform. By default, all Android apps work in a sandbox — an isolated environment. If they want to access, edit, or delete data outside the sandbox, they need the system’s permission to do so.

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Permissions are divided into several categories, but we are going to discuss only two of them: normal and dangerous. Normal permissions cover such actions as accessing the Internet, icon creation, Bluetooth connection, and so forth. These permissions are granted by default and do not require...

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Seychelles: +1.

Seychelles: +1.

All righty boys and girls, herewith – back to my customary ongoing narration after a short pause caused by all sorts of events being packed into a short length of time on the road. Ready? Popcorn procured? Beverage beakered? Then we shall continue…

The Indian Ocean: the Indian WhOcean! Its shores include those of many an esteemed continent and its water anoints many a beautiful island. I’ve been on all of the continents – including the lesser-visited southern one – but as to the list of islands I’ve some way to go yet until I can say I’ve been to them all (and checked out their historical/geographic/touristic/beautific highlights, preferably after some useful...

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Good evening guys, I would like to give a suggestion to the Safe Kids app .. I do not know if this is the channel, but it was the only one I found.
Your application could have a feature where, the father makes a "bargaining chip" with the child .. example, he is entitled to 1 hour of Internet per day however, if he behaves well or if taking the bath or , Do not fight with the mother .. do not answer the father, brush the teeth .. anyway ... do some challenge ... it earns +1 hour or a time that the father sets .. the opposite also .. when behaving Bad, parents can remove 1 hour of the time he is entitled .. anyway, do this in a fun way, so that helps to discipline the child. I feel this...

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harlan4096: To give suggestions, better to do via KL Support, creating a ticket: https://center.kaspersky.com :)

Good evening guys, I would like to give a suggestion to the Safe Kids app .. I do not know if this is the channel, but it was the only one I found.
Your application could have a feature where, the father makes a "bargaining chip" with the child .. example, he is entitled to 1 hour of Internet per day however, if he behaves well or if taking the bath or , Do not fight with the mother .. do not answer the father, brush the teeth .. anyway ... do some challenge ... it earns +1 hour or a time that the father sets .. the opposite also .. when behaving Bad, parents can remove 1 hour of the time he is entitled .. anyway, do this in a fun way, so that helps to discipline the child. I feel this...

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Good evening guys, I would like to give a suggestion to the Safe Kids app .. I do not know if this is the channel, but it was the only one I found.
Your application could have a feature where, the father makes a "bargaining chip" with the child .. example, he is entitled to 1 hour of Internet per day however, if he behaves well or if taking the bath or , Do not fight with the mother .. do not answer the father, brush the teeth .. anyway ... do some challenge ... it earns +1 hour or a time that the father sets .. the opposite also .. when behaving Bad, parents can remove 1 hour of the time he is entitled .. anyway, do this in a fun way, so that helps to discipline the child. I feel this...
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No More Ransom saves the day

No More Ransom saves the day

One day in May 2016, Marion, a computer user from Germany, logged on to her home computer. She had no idea what lay in store for her.

The first sign of trouble was when her computer did not boot up normally, and she couldn’t get to the desktop. Even after a restart, nothing changed. Then she saw the ransomware message on her screen. She didn’t know how she’d been infected. She hadn’t spotted anything suspicious the last time she, or any other member of her family, had used the computer.

But there it was:

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Ransomware has been a growing problem for the past few years, and it shows no sign of slowing down. We all know that it’s...

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Internet Archaeology.

Internet Archaeology.

The Internet – the one we all know and couldn’t do without for a second today – is still only a relatively new phenomenon. Just 20 years ago there was no Google, no Yahoo… Just 12 years ago you could only get yourself an account on Facebook if you were a student at an Ivy League university; the only tweets made back then were the original, analog versions; and iPhones were a mere figment of Steve Job’s imagination.

(The first iPhone appeared just 10 years ago; it had no front camera, no video, no GPS, no App Store! It’s like with many things today we take for granted – just a decade earlier they’d seem simply impossibly progressive and crazy!)

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Then...

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Count the awards: Choosing an antivirus solution

Count the awards: Choosing an antivirus solution

We don’t usually spend a lot of time choosing a hot dog: a quick look, a quick sniff, a look around the vendor’s stand. Some might check the seller’s permits, but only the most cautious.

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If you are choosing something bigger — a car, say, or an insurance provider — you go further. You might read user feedback and professional reviews online. (Of course, some ratings may be biased, but it’s unlikely that all of them will be. The truth will come out sooner or later, even if a vendor seeds user reviews with flattery.)

When it comes to an antivirus purchase, you should look to the second scenario — and further. Antivirus software...

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Guide for gamers: Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 + Steam

Guide for gamers: Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 + Steam

Every gamer knows what Steam is and more than likely uses it. Steam accounts are also bought and sold for real money, which makes them very attractive to cybercriminals. We’ve already discussed this and made a simple recommendation: If you like computer games, don’t neglect cybersecurity. That means you should never turn off your antivirus while gaming or chatting. Never!

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From time to time, however, people complain that antivirus software slows down their computers, affecting their gaming. That’s why we want to explain how to set up Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 to work effectively and without slowing down Steam or other...

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Humachine Intelligence Fighting Snow Shoes.

Humachine Intelligence Fighting Snow Shoes.

Of course, I’m bound to get a lot of spam in my inbox – probably more than most. Decades of giving out my business card left, right and center; our domain included on presentation slides, in publications and catalogs and so on. Then there’s my email address’s simplicity. Sometimes employees’ blown email addresses we ‘leave out in the cold’ as spam honeypots while setting up new, slightly amended email addresses for the employee. But we can’t have that for me now can we? No. Because – first – I need to keep track of precisely who the enemy is, and – second – I want to personally be able to monitor the quality of our

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Nightclubbing – Viennese Style.

Nightclubbing – Viennese Style.

Our introduction into Viennese nightlife occurred most unexpectedly: we were invited to a ball! A real ball, which takes place in a large concert hall somewhere in downtown Vienna. Woah!

To the sound of chamber music, with the men in tailcoats (white tie) and the women in ball gowns, the guests gathered for the 10pm ceremonial kick-off to the ball. The ceremony was most official – formally opened by two government ministers (of internal affairs and foreign affairs). Here’s the latter making his speech. Yes – he is young for a minister :-):

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So, if I was there, why did I take a pic of a TV screen and not of the (young) man himself? Simply because...

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Who doesn’t need antivirus?

Who doesn’t need antivirus?

Recently Robert O’Callahan, who used to be a Firefox developer, published a provocative opinion stating that people should delete their antivirus protection because the basic security that operating systems provide is sufficient.

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Let’s analyze his claims and debunk a couple of myths.

No antivirus required?

Everyone acknowledges the abundance of malware today. It’s not someone else’s problem in some distant country; it’s everywhere. According to Kaspersky Lab, in 2016, 31.9% of computers were attacked at least once.


In 2016, Kaspersky Lab solutions repelled 758,044,650 attacks launched from online resources located all over the world. Web...

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Count the awards: Choosing an antivirus solution

Count the awards: Choosing an antivirus solution

We don’t usually spend a lot of time choosing a hot dog: a quick look, a quick sniff, a look around the vendor’s stand. Some might check the seller’s permits, but only the most cautious.

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If you are choosing something bigger — a car, say, or an insurance provider — you go further. You might read user feedback and professional reviews online. (Of course, some ratings may be biased, but it’s unlikely that all of them will be. The truth will come out sooner or later, even if a vendor seeds user reviews with flattery.)

When it comes to an antivirus purchase, you should look to the second scenario — and further. Antivirus software...

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Fake Netflix app is actually ransomware

Fake Netflix app is actually ransomware

People are downloading a new app, looking to get free access to Netflix accounts. What they’re actually getting is a malware strain called Netix that encrypts users’ data and demands $100 in bitcoins to unlock their files.

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The program, called “Netflix Login Generator” is downloaded by users looking to gain access to Netflix without paying. The app purportedly has leaked Netflix accounts, which users can use to access the streaming service for free. In reality, all it does is provide fake account credentials that don’t work.

Once installed, the app shows you what looks like a login-password pair generator, but that’s just a distraction;...

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Who Calls: Let’s fight phone spam together!

Who Calls: Let’s fight phone spam together!

— Hello, am I talking to Mr. Snow?
— Yes, that’s me.
— My name is Brian, and I’d like to tell you about a fantastic new opportunity. We are developing a highly technological investment business…
— Thank you, but I’m not interested.
— Mr. Snow, this will just take one minute!
— No, I told you—
— But Mr. Snow, you are missing a unique opportunity for great…
— You are wasting my time and yours. I’m not interested!
— Please, could you…
click

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Sound familiar? Somebody calling you from an unknown number — could be an acquaintance or an annoying salesperson.

Or it might be someone important, which is why many of us...

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