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Mac-Viruses

The Reality of Mac Viruses

For years, Mac users have been safe in the knowledge that their platform was relatively protected against malware. A combination of the lower number of users on the platform, less attention from security researchers and fewer exploited security holes in the operating system than Windows, has led to a generally virus and malware free experience. Windows also represents a far larger target than Mac for profit-seeking virus and malware authors, due to their greater market share.

But in quick succession, two new serious vulnerabilities have been discovered in Mac OS X.

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Panda’s 2016 Consumer Solutions Designed for Multiple Devices

Our 2016 solutions are now available in South Africa. Panda Global Protection 2016, Panda Internet Security 2016, Panda Antivirus Pro 2016, Panda Mobile Security 2016, Panda Antivirus for Mac 2016 and Panda Free Antivirus 2016.  

The 2016 range is designed to make the digital world easier and more secure for consumers. It enables users to browse online safely, protects families against inappropriate content and keeps identities and confidential information safe.  The new products offer multi-platform protection – providing security on Windows (including Windows 10 compatibility), Android, Mac and even anti-theft for iPhone and iPad.

Every user may have a different need or use for connectivity and we try to cater for each of these by offering various solutions at different levels. We want users to be able to perform any activity on the internet without worrying about cyber-criminals, malware or inappropriate content.

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Panda Security, compatible with Windows 10

On the 29th of July 2015, Microsoft launched the highly anticipated; Windows 10. The new offering has been receiving large amounts of coverage over recent months as it is rumoured to be the last “big” release from Microsoft and users can expect to see smaller updates to the version in future.

Two days after it’s release, Windows 10 had already been installed on 67 million PCs world-wide. Most existing programs and apps should continue working with the upgrade, but some antivirus and security solutions may cause problems as they have not been certified yet.

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Panda Security and Microsoft Join Forces

Panda Security and Microsoft have signed a collaboration agreement to develop cloud-based antivirus security services on Microsoft’s new cloud platform, Windows Azure.

The new Panda Cloud Office Protection version 6.0 has been migrated to Windows Azure, which is designed to host, scale and manage web applications. This offers customers a set of privacy and security controls that ensure maximum protection of hosted data and applications.

“The agreement with Microsoft has increased our security management capabilities. It has provided us with virtually unlimited IT infrastructure and enhanced our dynamic adjustment capacity”, said Jeremy Matthews, Country Manager at Panda Security South Africa.

Microsoft South Africa’s Server and Tools lead, Johannes Kanis says, “Until recently, concerns about the security and privacy of cloud-based data have been a major barrier to organisations realising the full potential of cloud-based technologies.” He adds that the partnership with Panda helps to remove that barrier by embedding privacy and security capabilities in the cloud computing arena.

Panda Cloud Office Protection 6.0 is a cloud-based security service for PCs, servers and corporate laptops managed remotely from anywhere through its Web-based console.

The new release includes device control technologies that prevent the spread of malware through the improper use of external devices such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, DVDs and more. These controls allow organisations to improve productivity by enforcing access control policies via a single Web-based console.

The Windows Azure platform allows Panda Security to: manage an even larger number of computers, effectively deploy the service to new countries and prevent service downtime. In addition the technology enables reduction in operating and maintenance costs, reduce time to market and improve user interface performance.

Windows Azure is a development, service hosting and service management environment that provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to the internet through Microsoft data centers.

About Microsoft South Africa

Microsoft South Africa is a subsidiary of the world’s largest independent software and services provider, and helps government, people and businesses realise their potential through technology.  A proudly South African company with a Level 2 BBBEE rating, Microsoft has won numerous awards for being an employer of choice, its contribution to the local economy and broad array of citizenship activities.

About Panda Security

Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the World. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 61 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain. In 2006, Jeremy Matthews founded Panda’s local subsidiary in Cape Town, opening the international vendor’s first presence on the African continent.

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Mac gets Panda Antivirus

–       Protection for Mac desktops and laptops against all types of threats for Mac OS X and Windows as well as  scanning of other Apple devices: iPhone, iPad and iPod

–       In 2010, 175 vulnerabilities were detected on the Mac operating system

Panda Security has announced the launch of Panda Antivirus for Mac. This new solution delivers complete protection against all types of malware able to affect Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. This new system protects users not just against threats specifically designed to target the Apple platform, but also prevents Mac users from transmitting malware to other operating systems.

Panda Antivirus for Mac scans files and email, detecting, eliminating or blocking all types of threats, like Trojans, spyware and botnets, initially designed for Windows, but which also affect Mac.

“Mac security was something Panda needed to address”, says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “Because of Apple’s growing popularity, due to products like the iPad, it has become a target for hackers looking to exploit all widely used products.”

The Mac solution includes two scan engines: an on-access scan or resident protection, protecting the computer at all times and alert to any security incident, and an on-demand scan, allowing users to launch scans of the complete system or specific components. It can also scan Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod, thereby ensuring that if any of these devices is carrying malware, it won’t infect other similar devices or Mac computers.

Mac security

Despite the sense of security among the Mac community, there are currently some 5,000 classified strains of malware that specifically affect Apple systems, with around 500 new samples appearing every month. In addition, there are approximately 170,000 macro viruses that Panda has cataloged throughout its 20-year history, and Mac users are also vulnerable to these viruses.

Moreover, in 2009 some 34 vulnerabilities were detected in the Mac OS. So far in 2010, this figure has risen to 175, which is considerably in relation to Apple’s global market share.

“We have always held the theory that when Apple reaches a more significant market share, around 15% worldwide (which given its current rapid growth will be achieved shortly), hackers will begin to target attacks against this platform”, says Ivan Fermon, SVP Product Management of Panda Security. “We would even say that today, the Windows operating system is more secure than Mac, simply because Microsoft has been working proactively on security for many years. As the Apple system has yet to be seriously threatened, it may contain more vulnerabilities than those we are aware of, which could be exploited to launch ‘zero-day attacks’ similar to those against Windows”, he concludes.

This theory is supported by analysts like Chris Christiansen, of IDC: “Most Mac users take security too lightly. In fact, most are quite proud of the fact that they don’t run any security at all. That’s an open door and at some point it will be exploited.” (http://www.macnn.com/articles/07/12/31/mac.os.x.a.growing.target/).

Mac users are not just open to infection from malware specifically designed for the platform, but they can also be transmitting Windows threats without realizing –and therefore helping spread viruses, worms and Trojans, which is a crime in many countries. However, Panda is offering an early solution against the growing threats that Mac users face.

More information is available in the PandaLabs blog: http://www.pandalabs.com

For more information about Panda, visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/.

Recession could spark cybercrime surge

Several months ago Panda claimed that cyber-crime would increase as a result of the global economic downturn. This has been confirmed by Microsoft. A report on News24 says:

The global financial crisis threatens to spark a rise in cyber crime as computer experts lose their jobs and resort to illegal ways to earn a living, a senior official of Microsoft said on Thursday,

“Today these (cyber) attacks are not about vandalism any more, today it’s about cash,” said Roger Halbheer, Microsoft’s chief security advisor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“Cyber crime has gone from cool to cash. And this will definitely grow in the future,” he told AFP on the sidelines of an international conference on terrorism and cyber security.

Read the rest of the report here.