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Kaspersky debuts multi-device security

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Kaspersky Lab has launched Internet Security Multi-Device. The security package allows users to secure just about any device and operating system using one activation code.

This solution protects not only Windows PCs, but also Android smartphones and tablets and Mac computers, allowing for the easily securing of any combination of devices with one activation code.

It’s the Same Internet – The Case for Multi-Device Protection:

According to B2B International’s B2C Global Brand Tracker Survey in April 2013, the average household has 4.5 Internet-connected devices, meaning the days of a family accessing the Internet through one or two shared desktop and laptop computers is ending. The more devices consumers purchase, the greater the chore becomes in keeping these devices maintained and updated. With Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device users have a single activation code for multiple devices and a single start-date that makes it easier to handle their multi-device digital life.

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Says Alexander Erofeev, Chief Marketing Officer, Kaspersky Lab: ‚”The average user shouldn’t be forced to spend hours researching, purchasing, and installing multiple security products on each of their devices, and with Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device, we’ve made the path to protecting all of a user’s computers and mobile devices straightforward and easy. Our customers can purchase one product, install a single license on all their computers and mobile devices, and move on with their day confident that they’ve made the smart decision.‚”

Smartphones and tablets have become the new standard tool for browsing, interacting, and shopping online, but despite their popularity, many users are still persistent in their belief, that Internet Security solutions are mainly required for PCs. So far, more than 50% of Android users and over 60% of Mac users consider that protection is not necessary for their devices. Though devices used to access the Internet have become smaller, they are being used to access the same Internet as the traditional computers, and are therefore targets for online cyber threats.

Mac computers, smartphones and tablets regularly become a target for cyber criminals who adjust their tactics and targets when they spot new opportunities to steal money.

There are also common threats posing risks for users of different devices no matter under which operating system. Among them are phishing and spam. Anti-virus and anti-phishing technologies in Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device block malicious and phishing links sent via social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), e-mail and other ways. Furthermore, they inform about suspicious links in short messages sent to mobile devices.

Adult content also belongs to common threats faced by users of multiple devices. Children often use their parents’ devices they play various games, surf on the Internet, communicate in social networks or even try to purchase some software, goods or services online with parents’ credit cards. Such web experience can be harmful not only for children’s’ psyche but can lead to problems with computer security and family budget safety. The Parental Control module in Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device both for Windows and Mac computers allows parents to control how their children use the Internet with this instrument they can block web sites with undesirable content, restrict time that a child can spend in the Internet, and prevent little users from giving personal information out.

One of the most frequent scenarios of using electronic devices is to make online purchases. As for today, 82% of users buy various goods on the Internet. Due to a number of technologies integrated in Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device, web shopping can be fully protected. Anti-Phishing for Windows, Android and Mac, Security Keyboard for introducing financial data on PCs and Mac computers, and Safe Money technology for Windows provides enhanced security for using online banking or payment systems like PayPal, WebMoney, etc, as well as for online shopping.

Concludes Erofeev: ‚”Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device provides real-time protection against new and emerging Internet threats for all connected devices of the user. Still it has all of the innovative functions to guarantee safety for one of the vastest group of users those ones that possess Windows PCs. Right up their alley the developers have improved existing technologies and added totally new instruments to reach the highest level of security for multiple devices.‚”

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Scammers cleaning up with gullible computer users

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Kaspersky experts have detected a two-fold rise in the number of users being attacked with fake system cleaners – fraudulent programmes designed to trick users into paying for alleged serious computer issues to be fixed. The number of users hit reached 1,456,219 in the first half of 2019, compared to just 747,322 for the same period in 2018. During this time, some of the attacks have become more sophisticated and dangerous.

A slow-working or poorly performing computer is a common complaint among PC users, and there are many legitimate tools available to solve such issues. However, alongside genuine system cleaners, there are fake ones developed by fraudsters that are designed to trick users into believing their computer is in critical danger, for example through memory overload, and needs immediate cleaning. The attackers then offer to provide such a service in return for payment. Kaspersky defines and detects such programmes as ‘hoax system cleaners’.

Upon receiving user permission and payment, the fraudsters install the hoax programmes that claim to clean the PC, but which often either do nothing or install adware – an annoying, but not critical, storm of unsolicited advertising – on the computer. Increasingly, however, the cybercriminals are using the installation of hoax cleaners to download or disguise malware such as Trojans or ransomware.

The countries most affected by attacks with hoax cleaners in the first half of 2019 show how geographically widespread the threat is; leading the list is Japan with 12% of affectedusers, followed by Germany (10%), Belarus (10%), Italy (10%) and Brazil (9%).

“We’ve been watching how the phenomenon of hoax cleaners has been growing for the last couple of years, and it is a curious threat. On the one hand, many samples that we have seen are spreading more widely and becoming more dangerous, evolving from a simple ‘fraudulent’ scheme into fully functioning and dangerous malware. On the other hand, they are so widespread and seemingly innocent, that it is much easier for them to trick users into paying for a service, rather than frightening them with screen blockers and other unpleasant malware. However, these two ways end up with the same results with users losing their money,” says Artemiy Ovchinnikov, security researcher at Kaspersky.

Kaspersky detects hoax system cleaners as:

Hoax.Win32.PCFixer.*

Hoax.Win32.PCRepair.*

Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.*

Hoax.Win32.Optimizer.*

Hoax.MSIL.Optimizer.*

To avoid falling victim to hoax threats, Kaspersky researchers advise users to:

  • Always check that the PC services that you are about to adopt are legitimate and easy to understand. If it sounds confusing, use a search engine to find out more about the service as there may be a more detailed explanation available
  • Use a reliable security solution for comprehensive protection with a clean-up function for a wide range of threats and PC cleansing, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud.
  • If you are purposely looking for a PC cleaner, use reliable, IT-targeted sources of information for recommendations, with a long-built reputation and software reviews.

Read the full report on Kaspersky Daily.

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Trend Micro unveils security suite for Azure in Africa

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Cybersecurity leader Trend Micro Incorporated has announced highly optimised security solutions for Microsoft Azure workloads for customers in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Trend Micro Deep Security suite takes into consideration that a customer needs to approach cloud security differently than one would traditional security. As a result, it is fully optimised for Microsoft Azure. The suite ensures that a customer can tap into a solution that provides flexible, scalable protection of operating systems, applications, and data without slowing you down.

“Microsoft is an important partner to Trend Micro and as a result we have built a series of technologies that support their position in the cloud,” says Indi Siriniwasa, vice president at Trend Micro Sub-Saharan Africa. “Our security solutions are uniquely optimised for Microsoft Azure and complement Microsoft Azure Security Centre so customers across the world continue to turn to Trend Micro to help better secure their Azure real estate. With Microsoft Azure now available from new cloud regions in South Africa, customers can rest assured that we support the use of Microsoft to streamline provisioning of security for Windows virtual machines and SharePoint workloads. 

“This will help customers to ensure that their security follows them from their physical environment to the cloud and back again, customers can automate security with Microsoft PowerShell scripting to streamline provisioning of security for Windows virtual machines and SharePoint workloads plus many other orchestration tools for Azure, including Chef, Puppet, and RightScale, we can also help clients to better automate security control deployments.”

With Deep Security for Azure, businesses can detect and protect against intrusions as well as protect their business against serious vulnerabilities with intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS). The solution will also help uncover suspicious changes to a system and immediately highlight and alert the business to these activities – without security admins having to manually sort through logs.

It also has the ability to keep malware off of workloads by using predictive machine learning mechanisms to detect unknown threats and prevalent attacks, so that a user can identify and then remove malware and blacklist domains known to be command-and-control (C&C) servers. Customers can also stop applications attached with IPS rules that block XSS or SQL attacks and other serious vulnerabilities until systems can be patched, as well as increase application visibility and control.

A particularly relevant feature within the South African context is that Deep Security is able to speed up a client’s route to PCI DSS compliance. The Deep Security solution allows a client to meet multiple PCI requirements with a single product, including intrusion detection and prevention, file integrity monitoring, and log inspection.

“Trend Micro’s integration with Microsoft Azure reduces the dependence on multiple point security tools, helping you to identify and address security and configuration issues quickly,” says Adwait Joshi, director, Azure Product Marketing at Microsoft Corp.

Trend Micro provided the following information:

Trend Micro’s Deep Security currently secures more servers globally than any other solution and specialises in protection for cloud and virtualised workload. It acts as part of the Trend Micro Hybrid Cloud Security solution, powered by XGen and provides comprehensive, flexible security for Azure workloads in a single product, so you can build new applications or move existing resources to the cloud with confidence.

Deep Security protects workloads by:

  • Defending against network threats with intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS)
  • Immediately protecting against vulnerabilities like Shellshock and Heartbleed
  • Keeping malware off Windows and Linux workloads
  • Alerting when unplanned or suspicious changes are made to systems
  • Stopping SQL injection and XSS attacks on applications
  • Gaining visibility and control of elastic workloads with application control that fits DevOps

Local Trend Micro customers can also turn to the company’s Trend Micro Cloud App Security which is directly integrated into Office 365 via APIs. This includes advanced email protection, as well as compliance on third-party cloud file sharing services such as: Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.

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