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Security

Security is one of the most significant considerations when owning any technology, as you can lose data and finance if not careful. You’ll find articles here that cover various apps and options, threats to browser and device security, and some tips.

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Bitdefender Antivirus Free vs. Antivirus Plus

Bitdefender is a highly respected security company that refreshes its lineup of security solutions each year (just like any other antivirus company out there). Company products are usually top of the class […]

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Here we go again: Spectre 1.1 and 1.2 vulnerabilities discovered

Anyone still keeping track of all the Spectre-based vulnerabilities that were revealed to the public in 2018? We published numerous articles on the topic already, and there is certainly some fatigue involved […]

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Lesson learned? Most used memory cards contain data when sold

A recent study conducted by researchers of the University of Hertfordshire about the implications of selling used memory cards revealed that about two-thirds still contain data from previous owners. The researchers bought […]

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Tech Support Scammers exploit downloads trick again

Tech support scammers exploit a known issue once again that throws a massive number of downloads at browsers to freeze them according to a report on Bleeping Computer. The exploit affects Google […]

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Restore files that were encrypted by Thanatos malware

Thanatos is a ransomware variant that has been distributed using malware campaigns over the past few months. Attack vectors include distribution through chat rooms on the Discord chat platform but also through […]

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Google launches VirusTotal Monitor

Google announced the new paid VirusTotal service VirusTotal Monitor today designed to provide customers with daily reports for files uploaded to the service. One of the core goals of VirusTotal Monitor is […]

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Malwarebytes' acquisition of Windows Firewall Control maker Binisoft

Security firm Malwarebytes announced last month on May 24, 2018, that it acquired the privately held Romanian company Binisoft, best know for its Windows Firewall Control security product. Windows Firewall Control is […]

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A look at Malwarebytes 3.5.1

I have to admit that I did not really use Malwarebytes all that much anymore on my Windows machines after the release of version 3.0 of the application. Core reasons were super […]

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Here comes the next Spectre vulnerability (Spectre V4 CPU)

If you thought that you are done patching your devices against Meltdown or Spectre exploits, you might want to reconsider. Patches for some hardware configurations and operating systems were released by Microsoft, […]

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Test Windows Defender Antivirus (or other security software)

Windows Defender Antivirus is the default security application for devices running Microsoft's Windows operating system. Like Windows Firewall, it may not offer the best protection or functionality, but it is there to […]

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Spectre Next Generation vulnerabilities affect Intel processors

Intel is facing another wave of reported security issues that affect the company's processors. The vulnerabilities, called Spectre Next Generation or Spectre NG, have not been disclosed publicly yet. A report on […]

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Virustotal launches Android Sandbox Droidy

Google owned Virustotal announced the launch of the Android sandbox Droidy today which replaced the Android sandbox environment that the service used since 2013. Google acquired Virustotal in 2012 and the service […]

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VeraCrypt 1.22 encryption software update released

VeraCrypt 1.22 is a new version of the popular cross-platform encryption software that parent company Idrassi established as the primary unofficial successor of the encryption software TrueCrypt. TrueCrypt development ended under mysterious […]

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Interactive Malware Analysis Tool Any.Run launches

Any.Run, an interactive malware analysis tool based in Russia opened its doors to the public yesterday. A free community version is available at the time which allows anyone to register an account […]

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Malwarebytes 3.4.4 update released

Malwarebytes, maker of the security software of the same name, released Malwarebytes 3.4.4 for the Microsoft Windows operating system yesterday. The new version is the first stable release for Windows in 2018. […]

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Windows Firewall Control Tips

Windows Firewall Control is a standalone program for Microsoft Windows PCs that extends the functionality of the built-in Windows Firewall and improves manageability significantly. A free version is provided but you need […]

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Check your passwords against the Pwned Passwords database

Is a password that you use actively to protect an account secure? The question is difficult to answer as it depends on your definition of secure. Secure can mean, among other things, […]

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Adobe Flash 0-Day Vulnerability APSA18-01

Adobe released the security advisory APSA18-01 for Flash Player that confirms a critical security vulnerability in Flash Player 28.0.0.137 and earlier. Flash Player 28.0.0.137 is the most recent version of the program which […]

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TrendMicro Ransom Buster: Windows ransomware protection

TrendMicro Ransom Buster is a standalone program for Microsoft Windows devices to protect data on the device against all forms of ransomware. TrendMicro states that Ransom Buster is free for a limited […]

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Find out if your browser is vulnerable to Spectre attacks

Web browsers are the main target for attacks targeting the recently disclosed Spectre vulnerability. For home systems, one could argue that web browsers are the major attack vector. Why? Because browsers connect […]

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VirusTotal Graph visualizes scans and shows IP connections

VirusTotal Graph is a new feature of the popular virus scanning service that visualizes the relationship between files, URLs, domains and IP addresses of analyzed data sets. Virustotal is a handy service […]

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Avast releases machine-code decompiler RetDec

Computer security heavyweight Avast released its machine-code decompiler RetDec as an open source tool to the public recently. The company worked on RetDec for seven years, and released the decompiler "to help […]

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HP releases Synaptics driver update that removes disabled keylogger

HP released updates for Synaptics touchpad drivers recently for HP notebooks that removes a disabled keylogger from the driver. Again, HP? A security researcher disclosed on GitHub that he discovered a keylogger […]

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Should you delete online accounts?

If you stop using an online account, should you delete that account or keep it? The question has no simple answer, as several factors play a role in the decision making process. […]

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AV Test's October 2017 ranking: surprise at the top

German independent IT security institute AV Test released its Windows home user antivirus ranking for October 2017 recently. The institute tests antivirus solutions regularly, and tests the protective capabilities, performance, and usability […]

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Find out if your Intel system is vulnerable to Intel Manageability Engine vulnerabilities

Intel published a security advisory yesterday detailing security vulnerabilities in the firmware of the company's Management Engine, Server Platform Services, and Trusted Execution Engine. A wide range of Intel processor families and […]

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Avast bundles CCleaner with Avast Free Antivirus

Avast acquired Piriform, the maker of CCleaner and other popular programs in July 2017. The Czech security company is known for its line of free and commercial security products for Windows and […]

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Disable Office DDEAUTO to mitigate attacks

There is a vulnerability in DDE in Office applications currently that is exploited actively in the wild. DDE, or Dynamic Data Exchange, is a feature of Microsoft Office that is designed to […]

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WiFi Key Reinstallation Attack breaks WPA2 encryption

Researchers have discovered a flaw in the Wi-Fi standard that attackers may use to eavesdrop on wireless network traffic even if WPA2 is used for protection. Key Reinstallation Attacks, or Krack Attacks, […]

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Google: Microsoft's focus on Windows 10 puts Windows 7 and 8 users at risk

Microsoft's focus on Windows 10 in regards to security puts users who run devices with older but still supported versions of Windows at risk according to Google Project Zero researcher Mateusz Jurczyk. […]

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Analyze files with Payload Security

Payload Security is an online service that analyzes files in virtual environments to determine whether they are potentially malicious in nature. It can best be describes as a free analysis environment on […]

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CCleaner Malware second payload discovered

A new report by Cisco's Talos Group suggests that the CCleaner hack was more sophisticated than initially thought. The researchers found evidence of a second payload during their analysis of the malware […]

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CCleaner 5.35 released with new digital signature

Piriform, the company behind the highly successful Windows cleaning software CCleaner, released version 5.35 of the application on September 20th, 2017. The new version was signed with a brand new digital signature, […]

CCleaner compromised: better check your PC

Piriform, makers of the popular file cleaner CCleaner, confirmed on Monday 18th, 2017 that hackers managed to attack the company's computer network successfully. The hackers compromised two versions of the CCleaner in […]

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Dr.Web LiveDisk: free emergency system repair

Dr.Web LiveDisk is a free tool for system administrators and users alike to restore non-booting Windows computer systems. The program has been designed specifically for situations where malware attacks, or the disinfection, […]

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Kaspersky Free Antivirus worldwide roll out begins

Kaspersky announced the worldwide rollout of Kaspersky Free, a free limited version of Kaspersky Internet Security, yesterday. We reviewed the initial version of Kaspersky Free back in 2016 when Kaspersky began to […]

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Bitdefender 2018 changes

Bitdefender released a refresh of the company's Bitdefender product line yesterday that improves it in several key security areas. Bitdefender Total Security 2018, Bitdefender Internet Security 2018 and Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2018 […]

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Bitdefender Home Scanner review

Bitdefender Home Scanner is a free program by security company Bitdefender that scans devices on local networks for security issues. The need for security has expanded with Internet of Things being a […]

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Kaspersky VirusDesk: online file and link scanner

Kaspersky VirusDesk is a free service by Russian security firm Kaspersky that enables you to scan files or links for viruses and other threats. While most computer users would probably agree that […]

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A look at 1Password's Travel Mode

AgileBits, makers of the 1Password password manager, introduced a new Travel Mode feature in recent versions of the program for paying customers. This new mode hides password vaults when you enable it, […]


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