Category: Security Issues. Virus’ and Spyware, Scams
There’s plenty of free, effective anti-malware protection available. Just don’t let it push your browser around.
Although malware was once predicted to become extinct, it remains a constant threat. Thankfully, countless tools are available to help protect your PC against such security threats—including the popular (and free) anti-malware products on this list.
Have any of you had any experiences with any of these ?? Please share your experiences with others in the group.
Wi-Fi Sense is a Microsoft Wi-Fi connection program that was first introduced in Windows Phone 8.1, and is now being ported to Windows 10. Microsoft considers Wi-Fi Sense a convenient and simple way to connect to Wi-Fi networks. However, any time the word convenient is associated with software, security pundits get nervous, and this time is no different. Let’s look under Wi-Fi Sense’s bonnet and see what has the pundits worried.
Scotty Zifka was looking for a sales job. He started one in late May at a company called EZ Tech Support, a small inbound call center in an older building in northeast Portland, Oregon.
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The first day of Zifka’s unpaid training involved listening in on sales calls. But within three hours, Zifka felt something wasn’t quite right.
“Everything about it was so weird,” he recalled.
The company’s 15 agents answer calls from people who’ve seen a pop-up message saying their computer may be having problems, and advising them to call a number, which rings at the offices of EZ Tech Support.
The agents are instructed to stick to a 13-page script. They ask callers whether they have an antivirus program installed. If they do, Zifka said, callers are usually told that whatever they’re using isn’t a “full-time real spectrum virus protection program.”
EZ Tech Support sells a perpetual license for the program for $300. Agents also tell callers they can perform a one-time fix on their computers for them, which starts at $250. Callers can haggle for lower prices.
These days you can find quite a few programs that promise to help you recover accidentally deleted files. It is great to have lots of options but, which programs are really good at recovering deleted files? Which of them deliver on their promise? To find out, we tested some of the most popular applications in this niche, all of which are free for personal use. Let’s see what we discovered.
The Testing Procedure
We took a USB memory stick and formatted it, to make sure there’s nothing left on it. Then we copied a wide range of file formats to it, 67 files in all, including: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, epub, azw3 (Kindle eBooks), iso, mp3, jpg, nef, pptx, exe, avi, mp4, 7z, tar and zip. The total size of all the files was 3.44 GB.
Next we deleted those files with Shift+Delete and added 10 new files on the memory stick, to see how good each program would be at recovering files when there are chances of having some deleted files partially overwritten by others. Since the deleted files were on a USB stick, we recovered the files to our test computer’s hard drive.
Then it was time to test the data recovery programs we planned to review. We chose the programs you see below, because, at this moment, they are the most popular programs in the niche. We also wanted to restrict this review only to free programs, without any kind of limitations, because most people are not keen on purchasing a lot of software.
I’m sure many have heard about programs that promise to eliminate all the bloat that comes preinstalled on our computers. Tools like PC Decrapifier, SlimComputeror Decrap have been recommended by many blogs and experts. But… do they really work? Are they really effective in removing all the bloatware and crapware from your computer? Learn the answer from this analysis:
Summary:The FREAK security hole is more widespread than previously thought. Here’s everything users and system administrators need to know in order to stay safe now.
Great, just great. FREAK, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) security hole, isn’t only in programs that use Apple’s SSL implementation or old OpenSSL. We now know that FREAK is present in Microsoft’s Secure Channel (SChannel) stack too.
FREAK enables SSL Man-in-the-Middle attacks because of bad security decisions made almost two decades ago. As Andrew Avanessian, Avecto‘s EVP of consultancy and technology services, told me in an e-mail, “The FREAK attack is clear evidence of how far back the long tail of security stretches. As new technologies emerge, and cryptography hardens, many simply add on new solutions without removing out-dated and vulnerable technologies. This effectively undermines the security model you are trying to build.”
ZoneAlarm is a company that is best known for their free firewall application. However, they also release commercial security products that include both antivirus and firewall protection, like ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2015. The last time we looked at it, in 2012, this product did not manage to convince us as it was not a great performer in our testing. A lot of time has passed since then and we thought we should give it another chance. After testing it thoroughly, we are now ready to share how effectiveZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2015 is in securing your Windows computers and devices. Read this review to learn more:
Lenovo’s been caught going a bit too far in its quest for bloatware money, and the results have put its users at risk. The company has been preloading Superfish, a “visual search” tool that includes adware that fakes the encryption certificates for every HTTPS-protected site you visit, on its PCs since at least the middle of 2014. Essentially, the software conducts a man-in-the-middle attack to fill the websites you visit with ads, and leaves you vulnerable to hackers in its wake.
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