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Keeping tabs on your employees in a multi-device environment

The traditional desktop computer is no longer the only device we use to get work done. For the past few years workers have increasingly begun to use their own smartphones and tablets for work. According to a study carried out by Tech Pro Research, 74% of businesses allow, or are planning to allow, their employees to bring their own devices to the office.

Despite the benefits, such as being able to communicate easily with employees when they aren’t at their workstations, security remains a priority and with the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) culture – it is important to stay on top of it.

The variety of devices used in the workplace and the resulting loss of control held by the business, means that cybercriminals are able to take advantage of the many vulnerabilities in mobile devices to access the company’s network.

 

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Ransomware on the Rise – PandaLabs Quarterly Report

The second quarter of 2015 shows that there was an average of 230 000 new malware samples created daily, totaling 21 million from April to June. This is a 43% increase in comparison to the second quarter of 2014.

Trojans continue to be the most common type of malware and are the main source of infection, with 76.25% of users infected. This quarter also showed the proliferation of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) which accounted for 14.39% of infections.

There has been a dramatic increase in ransomware over the last few months. What users don’t realise is that these kinds of attacks will continue to grow, as long as companies and consumers succumb to paying the ransom – this should be a last resort.

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New Android Ransomware Changes Lock Screen PIN

Dubbed Android/Lockerpin.A, the new trojan app tricks users into granting it device administrator privileges. To achieve this it mimics a patch installation window on top of an activation notice. When victims click on the continue button, they actually grant the malicious app rights that allow it to make changes to the Android settings. Lockerpin the sets or resets the PIN that unlocks the screen lock, effectively requiring users to perform a factory reset to regain control over the device. By contrast, earlier forms of Android ransomware generally were thwarted, usually by deactivating administrator privileges and then uninstalling the app after the infected device is booted into safe mode.

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Control your antivirus from your Smartwatch

The new version of Panda Mobile Security (available on the Google Play Store) allows users to access their antivirus features directly from their Android Smartwatch.

 

Below is a list of features included in Mobile security:

  • Analyse your telephone/tablet from the smartwatch.
  • Activate anti-theft and locking of device.
  • Connect your smartwatch and device to one another; an alarm will activate when they are too far apart
  • Remotely activate an alarm on your device
  • Activate the camera on your Android device from your smartwatch and remotely take a photo.

 

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Human Resource Departments a Target for Ransomware

Physically presenting your CV for a prospective job offer is fast becoming obsolete. The digital world has simplified correspondence between people by electronic or digital means. Applicants are able to send their CV’s to companies via email attachments.

In recent attacks cyber-criminals send malicious data disguised as CV’s, upon opening the attachment, the malware installs itself on the victim’s computer. It then encrypts the data on the PC/Network and requests a ransom in-turn for the decryption code. This type of attack is known as ransomware.

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10 Tips to Stop Cyber-Criminals from Ruining Your Holiday

Often when we go on holiday we jeopardise our own personal information, either by using credit cards in foreign countries, announcing our travels on social media or using open networks while travelling. Below are 10 tips on how to be more cautious when on holiday.

1  Don’t shout it from the rooftops

Don’t broadcast your upcoming holiday on social media. And if you do, then don’t reveal too many details about your plans. This information could be useful for someone with a sinister motive and could leave your home and valuables exposed.

Make sure you deactivate your GPS. This way you don’t have to worry about it giving away clues of your whereabouts which might avert criminals to the fact that you’re out of town.

2  Back-up all your devices

If you have decided  to take your laptop, tablet or smartphone with you on holiday – don’t forget to make back-ups of the data and store it in a secure place.
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