Spammers using Facebook Messenger to Spread Ransomware

If you came across any Facebook Message with an image file send by any of your Facebook friends, just avoid clicking it.

An ongoing Facebook spam campaign is spreading malware downloader among Facebook users by taking advantage of innocent-looking image file to infect computers.

If clicked, the file would eventually infect your PC with the nasty Ransomware, a family of malware that has quickly become one of the favorite tools among criminals due to its infecting capabilities.

Like a typical way to deliver malware infection, the site would push a popup, asking you to download and install a certain codec extension in Google Chrome in order to view the video. The malicious extension used two names, Ubo and One.

Ransomware is malware that locks your computer or encrypts your files. You can’t get the data back unless you pay a ransom, and even if you do, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get your data back.

After this sort of infection the only way to roll back in time is to restore your backups.

Article of Swati Khandelwal at http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/locky-ransomware-facebook.html

More about in Locky: the encryptor taking the world by storm – https://securelist.com/blog/research/74398/locky-the-encryptor-taking-the-world-by-storm/

 

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FSB: How to prepare for new EU General Data Protection Regulation

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in July 2018. The new rules are designed to protect consumer rights and clarify laws for businesses right across the European Union (EU) but, vitally, also those that trade with it. Your business needs to protect itself by fully adhering to these changes in the law.

The GDPR protects all personal data (such as name, identification number etc) and, interestingly, there is no distinction between private, public or work roles. Despite the Brexit, all the indications are that the UK will toe the line on the rules, to ensure trading with the EU. Organisations outside the EU are also still subject to the jurisdiction of GDPR just by collecting data on EU citizens.

Read full article here: http://www.fsb.org.uk/first-voice/how-to-prepare-for-new-eu-general-data-protection-regulation

Buy Windows 10 Pro Not Windows 10 Home

For the majority of users the differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro will be not important, as both systems provide pretty much everything you need for everyday computing.

Windows 10 Home edition will be enough for the vast majority of you who just want to browse the web, do a little work, and manage their picture or film files. There are certainly a few benefits for the Pro version, with its focus on security and compatibility, but of course the value of these features will come down to whether you actually intend to use them or not. Most home users won’t, but are you a home user? Are you creating quotation, invoice or you just register who paid you for your 1 a week help with someone garden or ironing? If you have any doubts with answering previous question or you answered yes, then probably you are business user.

The main differences between Pro and Home are for business users.

Main business features of Windows 10 Pro

-Support for joining a domain, which allows PCs to be added to a corporate network. With Windows 10 Home, you can’t do it!

-In Windows 10 Pro you get the option to defer updates, but this option does not exist in Home. Microsoft forces patches and updates to Home machines automatically. You can stop them for a few hours, but that’s it. Updates can be put off for several months.

 

-Group Policy Management and access to the Windows 10 Business Store. Microsoft also makes the ability to join Azure Active Directory, with a single sign-on to cloud hosted apps.

-Can be remotely controlled. Windows 10 Home machines can only be assisted remotely, and this is mainly for an expert.

 

 

K7 Total Security Earns The VB100 Award On Windows 7 SP1 From The Virus Bulletin

K7 Computing, one of the world’s leading data security and threat management companies, announced on 19th February 2015 that that its flagship product K7 Total Security has received the VB100 award on Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 systems from The Virus Bulletin.

K7 Total Security is an award-winning next-generation security suite. The product steps ahead of traditional security software by combining malware protection, active web filtering, runtime behavior monitoring, intrusion protection, smart firewall and parental controls into an easily managed system. With its proactive and reactive defenses, K7 Total Security significantly outperforms traditional anti-malware products and other desktop security solutions.

The Virus Bulletin, a leader in testing and certifying anti-malware applications and organizations, is highly regarded in the anti-malware industry. It only awards the right to display the VB100 logo to anti-malware products that can detect all ”In-the-wild” malware during both on-demand and on-access scanning, and generate no false positives when scanning a set of known clean files using just the application’s default settings.

The Virus Bulletin testing team noted that, “Under the covers, a good level of configuration options is provided. Stability was once again flawless, with no problems noted. Scanning speeds were pretty good, overheads not bad at first and barely perceptible in the warm runs.”

This award for anti-malware excellence on Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 systems joins the VB100 awards K7 products had already earned since 2007 for Microsoft Windows 7, XP operating systems, and for Windows 2008 Server.

Jayaraman Kesavardhanan, CEO of K7 Computing, commented, “We believe that protecting our customers from cyber threats is our sole mission. We are driven by the belief that everyone in the world should be able to use the Internet safely, and without fear that criminals will steal their money or identity. That we did so well on The Virus Bulletin’s very strict certification tests shows again that K7’s engineering teams and specialists have built remarkable cyber protection products that anyone can rely on.”

 

Passwords – Hashes to Ashes (by K7)

This is the fourth part of the blog series on cyber security, continuing from its third part on Scareware, RogueAV and Ransomware, focussing on the dangers of choosing weak passwords and the consequences of recycling the same password across different online accounts, and a few tips on how to determine a suitably strong password.

In today’s digital age, people’s lives seem to revolve around passwords.  Passwords to online portals play an important role in securing access to a user’s online information, whether financial, professional or personal. Hence, users are perennially advised to always secure their accounts with strong passwords.

Many online portals alert users about inadequate password strength when setting up the login credentials for a user account.  Some online portals may even enforce strong password before the account is set up. Users must consider password depth while deciding on an account’s password to avoid their passwords being hacked easily.

From a security perspective, using the same password for a user’s multiple accounts is dangerous, both for personal accounts as well as in a professional environment.  In this case a hacker need hack only one account to have the credentials to have access to the victim’s other accounts and the sensitive information held therein.

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Read rest of this important and interesting article at: http://blog.k7computing.com/2016/02/passwords-hashes-to-ashes-2/

Everyone has experienced this at least once in their life…

Your password is 30 days old. Please enter new password:
– rose

Password too short.
– red rose

Password has to have at least one numeric character.
– 1 red rose

Password cannot contain spaces.
– 1redrose

Password has to contain at least 10 different characters.
– 1shittyredrose

Password has to contain at least one capital letter.
– 1SHITTYredrose

Password cannot contain successive capital letters.
– 1Shittyredrose

Password has to have more than 20 characters
-IwillShove1ShittyRedRoseUpYourAssIfYouDontLetMeSignIn

Password has already been used.