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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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10 Tips for Protecting Your Privacy

          1. Go on a diet and forget about cookies

These tools which have installed themselves in our virtual lives, gather data about our habits (searches and pages visited) which is often used to design custom advertising. You can avoid them by using browsers in ‘incognito’ or ‘private’ mode. Other options include regularly clearing your browsing history and cookies or accepting an opt-out cookie which blocks future cookies from being installed on your browser by a particular website or advertiser. It essentially lets you declare that you do not wish to participate in targeted ad delivery, profiling or otherwise have your web browsing tracked. An opt-out cookie will only block cookies from a particular server and is not a generic tool to block cookies from any site you visit. However, you can manage cookies via your browser settings.

         2. Use a virtual private network

A Virtual Private Network more commonly known as a VPN, allows you to browse the internet securely, even when you are connected to a public network. Although they are often associated with illegal activities, there is nothing bad about them. On the contrary, it is highly advisable to use them when you do not have a secure connection.

         3. It does not matter where you took that picture

Sharing the “selfie” you have just taken on social networks could reveal a lot of data about the device you used and where you are. Perhaps the phone model or camera specifications are not very important, but it is a good idea to change the settings so that the exact coordinates of your location do not appear. Here you have to disable the GPS settings on the mobile phone camera.

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2015 Malware Predictions from PandaLabs

PandaLabs have released their predictions for IT security in 2015, based on reports and attacks in 2014.

CryptoLocker

This type of malware was in the spotlight in 2014, and these types of attacks are set to increase in 2015.

CryptoLocker operates in straightforward fashion: Once it gets into a computer, it encrypts all types of documents that could be valuable to the user (spreadsheets, documents, databases) and blackmails the victim into paying a ransom to recover the files. This type of malware is also known as ransomware.

Payment is most often demanded in bitcoins, so that it cannot be traced by the police, making this type of attack ideal for cyber-criminals – as many users choose to pay in order to recover the “hijacked” information.

Targeted attacks

A small percentage of the millions of new malware strains that appear every month are specifically created to attack previously defined targets. These attacks, known as targeted attacks, are becoming more common and will be highly significant during 2015.

Many companies are unaware that they could be the targets of such attacks and therefore do not have appropriate measures for detecting or stopping them.

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