With the furore over Heartbleed and the seemingly regular database intrusions we hear about these days, all manner of companies are taking security a little more seriously. eBay, for instance, recently stepped up its game, killing support for SSL 3.0. It doesn’t mean much to the daily experience, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Picture: Nick Kellet The computer operating systems and applications we use today have often evolved over many years, decades even, and contain tens or hundreds of millions of lines of code. Flaws in that code — and there will always be some — give rise to security problems that, in an internet-connected world, are an increasing problem.
We recently covered Microsoft’s lesser-known Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) that adds protection against malware. Microsoft recently upgraded it to version 5.0 with even more protection against Internet nasties.
WordPress has a lot going for it, including a flexible, open platform the encourages users to develop plug-ins and themes that make it even better. That same benefit, however, invites more nefarious parties to craft malicious code and slip it into free content. While prevention is always the best option, it doesn’t hurt to install a plug-in or two that can detect and alert you to suspicious code.
A recent Gartner study reminds us that with more companies harnessing data for a competitive edge, there are increased challenges to secure information and protect against data breaches or targeted attacks. So how are security vendors responding? In Symantec’s case, by going far beyond anti-virus. As one of the largest civilian threat intelligence platform in the world, Symantec has deployed a range of tools to help organisations improve IT security. Here’s what you need to know.
Adware is on the rise, thanks in part to various “download managers” file hosts have begun wrapping their software with. Taking a few seconds to check what links you’re clicking on will usually reveal a checkbox or direct download to avoid getting the unwanted bytes (and toolbars), but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. Sadly, we may soon be taking the decade-old FileHippo off the whitelist, with news it’s looking to introduce its own helper.
One of the great things about Android is being able to sideload apps; to install software from outside Google Play. Cool, but risky.
Meawhile, according to the Mobile Threat Report, 27 per cent of known malicious apps were actually found on the official Android store in 2013.
Trend Micro has responded with its most advanced mobile protection against viruses, spyware, data-theft and malware — including new ‘App Reputation’ scans to identify and block millions of hazardous apps.
We bank on our phones. We give our tablets credit card details. No wonder mobile malware and phishing are on the rise. Security pioneer Trend Micro has responded with its most advanced iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle apps yet: cloud-based protection against viruses, spyware, data-theft and malware. You also get new lost device (remote locate, wipe) and online backup tools included. Take a look…