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Quiz: Metal band eller cybertrussel

Quiz: Metal band eller cybertrussel

Vi elsker cybersikkerhed og finder det fascinerende. Cyberkriminelle udvikler hver dag nye måder at angribe ofre, og vi modarbejder dem med værktøjer til at beskytte folk. Det er kattens leg med musen, men med langt større indsats.

Nogle af os elsker også metal musik. Dens energi hjælper os med at opretholde drivet, glæden og somme tider den vrede, som vi behøver for at bekæmpe svindlerne. Det er derfor næppe en tilfældighed, at nogle typer malware og andre cybersikkerhedselementer har navne, der kunne passe til et metal band.

Kan du ud fra navnet skelne mellem et metal band og en cybertrussel? Selv hvis du er metal fan kan det være en...

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Quiz: Metal-band eller cybertrussel?

Quiz: Metal-band eller cybertrussel?

Vi elsker cybersikkerhet og synes det er fascinerende. Nettkriminelle finner daglig opp nye måter å angripe ofre på, og vi parerer dem med verktøy som beskytter mennesker. Det er kattens lek med musen, men med en mye høyere innsats.

Noen av oss elsker også metal-musikk. Energien dens hjelper oss med å opprettholde driften, gleden og, noen ganger, sinnet som vi trenger for å bekjempe disse skurkene. Det er nok derfor ikke en tilfeldighet at noen skadeprogrammer eller andre ting relatert med cybersikkerhet har navn som kunne passet et metal-band.

Kan du skille et metal-band fra en cybertrussel ut ifra navnet? Selv om du er en fan av metal, kan...

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Quiz: Metalband eller cyberhot?

Quiz: Metalband eller cyberhot?

Vi älskar och fascineras av cybersäkerhet. Cyberbrottslingar hittar på nya sätt att attackera sina offer dagligen och vi motverkar dem med program för att skydda människor Det är en katt-och-råtta-lek, men med mycket högre insatser.

Några av oss älskar metalmusik. Metalmusiken hjälper oss att hålla igång drivet, glädjen och ibland ilskan som vi behöver för att bekämpa dessa brottslingar. Så det är nog ingen slump att vissa skadliga programvaror och andra saker relaterade till cybersäkerhet heter saker som skulle kunna passa ett metalband.

Kan du skilja ett metalband från ett cyberhot genom dess namn? Även om du är en stor...

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World of Warcraft pet scam

World of Warcraft pet scam

Virtual goods are becoming more and more popular with cybercriminals, who are aiming more and more scams at gamers. Crooks have taken a renewed shine to World of Warcraft, as we see with a scam offering free in-game pets. The scam part? You don’t actually get the pet, and your account details are stolen.

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Most ardent fans of Warcraft know that the only place to get virtual pets is from the official store, but a newly discovered phishing campaign seeks to lure players into handing over their battle.net account info. The accounts are, presumably, then sold on in the black market for a tidy sum.

Although the “gift” aspect gives this scam a slightly different...

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How to explore the Internet safely on your iPad and iPhone

How to explore the Internet safely on your iPad and iPhone

It’s true not much malware exists in the wild for MacOS or iOS. But there is some — and phishing sites, spammers, and carders don’t discriminate on the basis of operating system. To protect you from these threats, we created Kaspersky Safe Browser. In addition to providing the usual navigation tools, it blocks malicious and phishing websites.

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First things first: Kaspersky Safe Browser is a free app you can download from the AppStore. The Safe Browser interface is similar to Safari’s, so you will pick it up easily. The browser supports most popular search engines including Google, Bing, Yandex, and Yahoo.

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A Caribbean cyber-summit: Gotta love it

A Caribbean cyber-summit: Gotta love it

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A long time ago, in the prehistoric digital era, in a world of big trees while we were a mere bonsai, we started throwing a yearly conference for a select few of the most forward-thinking experts in information security. We christened the conference the Security Analyst Summit (SAS for short), and right from the get-go we wanted to make it the best event of its kind in the world. And when I say best, I mean both in terms of content:

…And in terms of a relaxed and fun atmosphere:

And to make the best even more memorable for all who take part in it, we traditionally throw SAS at a location with among the most unbearable conditions in the world....

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Tip of the week: Manage Kaspersky Lab solutions remotely

Tip of the week: Manage Kaspersky Lab solutions remotely

Today we are going to talk about My Kaspersky. This Web portal lets users manage our security solutions on all of their devices remotely.

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A brief historical note: My Kaspersky grew out of the Personal Account feature, a service that offered limited options such as submitting and tracking a tech support ticket. My Kaspersky also supports ticketing, but it has many other useful options, including:

  • Remote management of your security solutions;
  • Remote locking of your smartphone in case of loss or theft;
  • Secure storage and retrieval of your passwords and banking data;
  • Child safety features that can track your children’s location...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fingers and eyes at MWC 2017

Fingers and eyes at MWC 2017

We’ve written about insecure fingerprint sensors and other biometric technologies a lot. We were not alone, of course.

It looks like the fuss did some good. At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, many smart-sensor developers presented devices that are more secure than we might have expected.

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IDEX, a Norwegian company that ships fingerprint sensors for LG and other companies, claims that the majority of its partner smartphone developers enable access to fingerprint sensors’ data only within a secure environment.

I talked to several fingerprint sensor makers at MWC, and all of them use a fully protected scheme for...

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Quiz: Metal band or cyberthreat?

Quiz: Metal band or cyberthreat?

We love cybersecurity and find it fascinating. Cybercriminals invent new ways to attack victims daily, and we counter them with tools to protect people. It’s a game of cat-and-mouse, but with much higher stakes.

Some of us also love metal music. Its energy helps us maintain the drive, the joy, and, sometimes, the anger that we need to fight those crooks. So it’s probably not a coincidence that some malware species or other cybersecurity-related things have names that could suit a metal band.

Can you distinguish a metal band from a cyber threat by its name? Even if you are a metal fan, hitting 10 out of 12 may be a challenge!

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Earth-2050: A glimpse into the future

Earth-2050: A glimpse into the future

Who among us has never tried to imagine what future lies ahead? The average citizen might think a month or a year ahead, but futurologists try to forecast the destiny of the whole humanity, and they think decades and centuries ahead. At Kaspersky Lab, we decided to give it a shot as well.

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Our GReAT experts and futurologists teamed up to make a some predictions and presented them at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona as part of Earth-2050 project. It wasn’t the first time our team forecasted the future, and many of the previous predictions came to pass. But these predictions are very special, and soon you’ll know why.

So, how will the world...

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All ears: The dangers of voice assistants

All ears: The dangers of voice assistants

Nowadays the proverb “the walls have ears” is not as metaphoric as it used to be.

“The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it … There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment.” That is George Orwell’s description of Big Brother’s spying devices in the novel 1984.

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What if Big Brother weren’t the only one with access to the telescreen, though? What if pretty much anybody with the necessary skill set could listen in? And what if that screen were used not only for political propaganda, but...

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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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