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Webcams vs. Humans

Webcams vs. Humans

Recent news about IP cameras being hacked and private footage sold unlawfully online has bestirred the Internet yet again. Such headlines are now unsurprising; however, one new case has a sensitive twist: The cameras were located in a plastic surgery clinic in Moscow. No doubt you can imagine the footage. This incident was initially covered by Russian BBC. Kaspersky Lab colleagues commented in the article and pointed to lax security practices exercised by the owners. Here we’ll dive a bit deeper into the topic.

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The most obvious and unpleasant consequence of CCTV video leaks is the potential positive identification of people in the...

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Forget books, time to burn the dolls

Forget books, time to burn the dolls

Last week, a coworker shared an interesting article with me from the BBC. It reported that Germans were being told to destroy a connected children’s toy because of hacking concerns.

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The Cayla dolls — the villains of the story — are toys equipped with a microphone, a speaker, and a Bluetooth transmitter. If a child asks a Cayla doll a question, it can connect to the Internet to find an answer. But in 2015, researchers found out that the unsecured Bluetooth module can be used by hackers to eavesdrop and spy on children and their parents. That’s why the German Federal Network Agency suggested that parents destroy those toys.

Destroying toys...

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7 questions about 11-11, answered

7 questions about 11-11, answered

And now, boys and girls, woo-hoo! Today is a day when woo-hoo’ing seems the most appropriate thing to do. Like this: WOO-HOO!!!

Why, you say?

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We’ve officially launched our very own secure operating system for network devices, industrial control systems, and the IoT. The OS was originally conceived on November 11; that’s why we refer to it by the code name 11-11. It was a very long development cycle, for sure: we worked on the project for 14 solid years and have even run a real-world pilot test roll-out. Now the OS is ready for consumption is available for deployment by all interested parties in a variety of scenarios.

I’ll spare you all the nerdy...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tip of the week: Extend your license for less

Tip of the week: Extend your license for less

If you have an active Kaspersky software license, or a license that expired in the past year and a half, you can get a discount to extend that license. In this post, we’ll show you how to extend or reactivate your license.

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Open the security solution — Kaspersky Total Security or Kaspersky Internet Security, for example. Click License and then Purchase activation code.

This will take you to our online shop to extend your license. If the term of the license is already over, you can activate it immediately with a new code.

If the license still valid, you can save the code in the software, and it will be activated automatically when current...

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Can you get back stolen money?

Can you get back stolen money?

People truly enjoy the perks of the digital era and tend to shop and pay online or via mobile banking. Research commissioned by Kaspersky Lab confirmed that the majority of users (81%) rely on the Internet in their financial routines, and almost half of them (44%) store financial data on their devices.

And yet, only 60% of users install security solutions on all of their devices, and the remaining 40% of respondents are left to the mercy of cybercriminals.

People lose $476 on average per fraudulent transaction. That’s just an average value — one in ten users loses up to $5,000. The compound annual loss sustained as a result of online fraud, identity...

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Happy New Quantum Year!

Happy New Quantum Year!

If you’ve been our faithful reader and your memory has not been damaged by digital amnesia, you may remember that one of the key insights from Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2015 was a forecast that cryptography as a discipline is on the verge of subdual by quantum computing as a result of progress in bringing the latter to reality. To be honest, I personally thought this forecast a bit ahead of its time, especially being in the part of our bulletin called “Predictions for 2016,” but recent headlines changed my mind.

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In the space of just a few weeks in late November and December 2016, we learned that Microsoft is hiring top-notch quantum computing...

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To FFForget or not to FFForget, that is the question

To FFForget or not to FFForget, that is the question

Hi, my name is Serge, and I just realized that I have been an active Internet user for 20 years. Seriously, this year I should celebrate an anniversary, but instead I will tell you a couple of personal stories: stories of unexpected Internet twists I have experienced.

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Since the early 90s, the Internet has been a platform for social interactions — although they were not always convenient or easy to carry out. Sometimes “socializing” required users to find, install, and set up certain apps like a newsgroup reader or even to master a “programming” language. You might remember one early Internet trend, which was to create...

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Meitu – the app with all the permissions

Meitu – the app with all the permissions

Meitu, the ‘anime-makeover’ app is doing something that users perhaps didn’t realize they’d signed up to. It’s been found to be harvesting all sorts of data on users, including your location, reading, changing and deleting the data in your phone’s memory, access your IMEI number (unique identifiers for phones) and more.

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This is somewhat concerning considering the app makers don’t tell you what they’re doing with the data. Are they using it for advertising purposes or for something else? The chances are it’s to do with adverts (as most things seem to be these days) but as users are kept in the dark regarding the purpose, it’s...

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Tips to avoid letting social media ruin your family life

Tips to avoid letting social media ruin your family life

Have you ever considered how much of our self-confidence depends on likes nowadays? Digital communication is meant to shrink distances and connect people from different cities and countries – to help them keep contact with their friends and family. Unfortunately, it can also work in quite the opposite way. We all agree that Internet cannot replace face-to-face communication but we can’t help but seek attention online. We long for all those precious likes and shares.

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Is this problem really that BIG?

The question can bring up many hypothetical and theoretical speculations, so we decided to conduct some research and rely on the...

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Tip of the week: How to manage device security remotely

Tip of the week: How to manage device security remotely

Many of us use several devices throughout the day, relying on a PC or a laptop for work, tablet for gaming and Web surfing, and, of course, a smartphone. If we look at entire households, that’s a lot of devices, each of them requiring an equally high level of security.

To save the time needed to support each separate device, you can manage all of your security products through the My Kaspersky portal, where you can check all devices for threats, update antivirus databases, and more.

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It takes just a few clicks to integrate Kaspersky Internet Security into My Kaspersky.

1. Click Protect all devices in the main window.

2. Click...

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How to tame your Web cookies

How to tame your Web cookies

Have you ever visited Amazon.com only to find items you’d forgotten in your shopping cart? Returned to Hulu and found you were already logged in? Have you ever noticed how the stories your favorite new site recommends change as you click on different links? Of course — those sites, like most websites, use cookies to “remember” you.

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Such conveniences make life online a touch nicer and more human-feeling. They also help marketers track your online activity and enable advertisers to target you with astonishing precision.

So: Cookies make life a little bit nicer, but they’re not exactly good for you. And although the term Web cookiedidn’t directly...

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