" security "

Android-Marshmallow

Android Marshmallow Protects against Ransomware

It’s becoming more and more common for malicious applications on Android to use ransomware as a means of attack. It is one of the most worrying threats to mobile users as it renders the device unusable until the fee is paid and is sometimes difficult to eliminate completely. Google is aware of this issue and has finally decided to face it head on.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is already available on selected terminals, makes it more difficult for cyber-criminals to hijack users’ phones. This is thanks to the company’s experts designing a more advanced operating system to manage the permissions asked by different applications.

Until now, users accepted all of the permission requests at once when they installed the apps. Due to this, seemingly inoffensive apps such as a simple flashlight were able to access features that were not related to its sole purpose. Not all of these apps were dangerous and for the most part companies were only trying to fine tune their advertising. However, by allowing access to other functions and domains on the mobile devices – users opened the door for malware to infect the device as well.

(more…)

Untitled-1

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.

 

(more…)

adaptive

Panda Security Launches Adaptive Defense 360

With more than 230,000 new malware samples daily and more sophisticated infection techniques, businesses are facing increased threats that put their confidential information at risk and leave them in compromising situations. Adaptive Defense 360 is Panda’s latest solution that covers all that a traditional anti-virus can’t.

It combines two of Panda’s star solutions in one console:

  • Panda Endpoint Protection Plus is our EPP (Endpoint Protection Platform) solution and comes with all of the features of a traditional protection: anti-virus, anti-malware, personal firewall, web and mail filtering, and device management.
  • Panda Adaptive Defense, our EDR (Endpoint Protection & Response) solution, adds detection and automated response, continuous monitoring and real-time forensic analysis – which results in the complete strengthening and securing of the endpoint.

(more…)

new-malware

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.

(more…)

pattern_unlock

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.

(more…)

new-panda-mobile-security

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.

 

(more…)