Why is Antivirus Software Still a Thing?

Posted on Wednesday November 14, 2018  |  security, software

Antivirus has been around for more than 20 years. But do you still need it to protect yourself today? From a report: In general, you probably do. But there are caveats. If you are worried about your iPhone, there's actually no real antivirus software for it, and iOS is engineered to make it extremely difficult for hackers to attack users, especially at scale. In the case of Apple's computers, which run MacOS, there are fewer antiviruses, but given that the threat of malware on Mac is increasing ever so slightly, it can't hurt to run an AV on it. If you have an Android phone, on the other hand, an antivirus does not hurt -- especially because there have been several cases of malicious apps available on the Google Play Store. So, on Android, an antivirus will help you, according to Martijn Grooten, the editor of trade magazine Virus Bulletin. When it comes to computers running Windows, Grooten still thinks you should use an AV. "What antivirus is especially good at is making decisions for you," Grooten told Motherboard, arguing that if you open attachments, click on links, and perhaps you're not too technically savvy, it's good to have an antivirus that can prevent the mistakes you may make in those situations. For Grooten and Simon Edwards, the founder of SE Labs, a company that tests and ranks antivirus software, despite the fact that Windows' own antivirus -- called Defender -- is a good alternative, it's still worth getting a third-party one. "Even if [Defender] wasn't the best and it isn't the best, it's is still a lot better than having nothing," Edwards told Motherboard. Yet, "we do see a benefit in having paid for AV product."


When Microsoft stops supporting Windows

Posted on Wednesday November 14, 2018  |  windows 10, windows, updates, security, patches, microsoft, end of support, compatibility

Microsoft only supports each version of Windows for a certain period and the end of its support for a software product can be a significant challenge for businesses. Currently, Windows 7 is on "extended support" until January 14, 2020. What does it mean when Microsoft terminates support of your Windows version? Let's have a closer look.


The lowdown on cloud security

Posted on Tuesday November 13, 2018  |  servers, security, it provider, encrypt, cloud computing, business

If you're thinking of transitioning your business to the cloud, consider the security of the platform. While providers would like us to believe that the friendly, fluffy cloud image used to market the service means it is automatically secure, the reality is far different. Just ask one of the nearly seven million Dropbox users who had their accounts hacked. This is not meant to scare you, but to make you aware that cloud security needs to be taken seriously especially if you're a business owner. To help you make a smooth and safe transition, we've put together a list of precautionary measures you can take to ensure cloud security.


The right social media platform for your SMB

Posted on Monday November 12, 2018  |  twitter, social media, snapchat, reputation management, marketing, instagram, facebook, digital marketing, advertising

Facebook leads all social media platforms in terms of daily active users, audience reach, and cultural impact, but is it the best fit for your business? Every business has a unique audience, so what works for one business may not work for another. With all the available social media platforms to choose from, small- and medium-sized businesses should examine their options before they decide which is the best match for them.


US Military Publicly Dumps Russian Government Malware Online

Posted on Saturday November 10, 2018  |  United States

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: This week, U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), a part of the military tasked with hacking and cybersecurity focused missions, started publicly releasing unclassified samples of adversaries' malware it has discovered. CYBERCOM says the move is to improve information sharing among the cybersecurity community, but in some ways it could be seen as a signal to those who hack U.S. systems: we may release your tools to the wider world. On Friday, CYBERCOM uploaded multiple files to VirusTotal, a Google-owned search engine and repository for malware. Once uploaded, VirusTotal users can download the malware, see which anti-virus or cybersecurity products likely detect it, and see links to other pieces of malicious code. One of the two samples CYBERCOM distributed on Friday is marked as coming from APT28, a Russian government-linked hacking group, by several different cybersecurity firms, according to VirusTotal. Those include Kaspersky Lab, Symantec, and Crowdstrike, among others. APT28 is also known as Sofacy and Fancy Bear. The malware itself does not appear to still be active.


Apple's second product launch for 2018

Posted on Friday November 09, 2018  |  smart keyboard folio, retina display, macbook air, mac mini, ipad pro, apple pencil, apple

Apple launched a couple of products in September. As usual, it's just slim pickings - we were treated to three variants of the iPhone and the latest model of the Apple Watch. However, the trillion-dollar company was apparently not yet done, as it launched yet even more devices on October 30. Check out the additional lineup below.


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