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IQ Retail Guards Against New Age Threats with Panda Security

“Stories of cyber-attacks hit the news almost daily – data breaches, DDos attacks, email hacks and phishing attacks – reminders of the dangers of the internet” says Jeremy Matthews Regional Manager of Panda Security Africa. “Yet somehow all of these attacks still seem foreign– as though it would never happen to you, however the reality is, South African businesses are affected by these threats” continues Matthews.

IQ Retail MD, Chris Steyn knows this all too well and has seen first-hand the dramatic rise of new age threats such as Ransomware. Software company IQ Retail, provides expertise in complete financial and business administration solutions, focusing on the development of business systems for the accounting and retail management environment. Since its inception in 1986, IQ Retail has grown to become one of the premium providers of innovative business solutions.
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Evolution of Locky – A Cat & Mouse Game

In the on-going game of cat and mouse between cyber attackers and defensive internet security providers, the appearance of a new tactic from the Locky family of Ransomware comes as no surprise.

As we discussed in February this year, Locky targets victims through seemingly legitimate email attachments. Once the victim clicks on the attachment the malicious macro begins encrypting the users’ files.
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Ransomware Tops the List of Cyber-attacks in Q2

  • PandaLabs detected 18m new malware samples in Q2, neutralising around 200 000 threats daily.
  • Ransomware attacks and credential theft are tactics most-used by cyber-criminals.
  • Problem areas identified by PandaLabs include PoS software, bank attacks, IoT and mobile devices.
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Apple’s OS X Gatekeeper – Marketing or Reality

For decades now people have believed their Apple devices to be safe from hacker intrusion, they were seemingly unbreakable, but in late 2015 uncertainty set in when a security expert revealed that he had found a way to bypass Apple’s security. The same expert is now suggesting that not much has changed since then with regards to Apple’s security.

The original hole was discovered by using binary code of applications that had already been verified by Apple’s developers to pass through Gatekeeper. Because Gatekeeper was developed to ensure that all applications a user downloads are checked against the application’s Developer ID, if that ID is present that application will be allowed to run. Experts have proved that this is where the problem lies as malware can easily be hidden within Apple-trusted files and then activated once the application has been installed.

Shortly after these gaps in Apple’s security features were exposed Apple released patches to prevent further breaches. However according to experts in the field it appears that the same vulnerabilities remain and can be just as easily exploited today, in the same fashion, as they were back in September. The reason being is Apple has merely blocked the files that were reported but has not made changes to Gatekeeper’s verification process. The belief is that hackers would simply need to find a new trusted file that has not been blocked by the update, this trusted file can then be abused and used to bypass Gatekeeper. Once on the other side the trusted file will execute the malicious files and then begin to install malicious programs not trusted by Apple.

The experts suggest that in order for Gatekeeper to be secure it must be triggered anytime a new process is started, requiring each process to be signed off by an Apple-trusted developer.

Apple has yet to implement such changes. With OSX’s increasing popularity making it more and more of a target for malware creators it may just be time for Apple users to consider further protection of their devices and personal data.

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Panda Antivirus for Mac – Compatible with El Capitan

September 30th saw the launch of El Capitan, Apple’s new operating system for their Mac range. The good news is, Panda Antivirus for Mac is compatible with El Capitan!

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Advantages of Panda Antivirus for Mac

  • Blocks both malware for Mac OS X and malware for Windows.
  • It scans both files and emails.
  • It quarantines infected files.
  • It offers two kinds of scans: a real-time scan that continuously analyses Mac files, and another that performs monthly, on-demand scans.
  • You can even scan iPhones, iPads and iPod touch for malware.

Remember that Apple and its devices aren’t invincible. To avoid any unpleasant surprises such as XcodeGhost, you should consistantly update the operating system, download apps from the official store and use security software.

Learn more about about Panda Antivirus for Mac.

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The Advantages of Having a Managed Security Service

In the corporate environment, cyber-threats are becoming more and more sophisticated, security standards more complex and budgets tighter and tighter.

The world of technology in the workplace is no longer just restricted to servers, workstations or email accounts – instead we need to consider mobile devices and the culture of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Companies also need to be aware of problems that may arise from new trends such as social media and the impact that all of this can have on the security of our corporate networks.

This places great stress on businesses when it comes to the monitoring and management of information security.

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