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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.


Panda Free Antivirus 2015 Named Editor’s Choice

Panda Free Antivirus 2015 was named PC Mag’s Editor’s choice as well as receiving an outstanding review from PC World. Panda Cloud Antivirus was launched in 2009 as the first free cloud-based antivirus. This was an innovative approach at the time that broke away from the traditional signature-based model and allowed us to offer a solution with high detection capabilities and minimal impact on computer performance. Over these last five years, the product has continuously evolved, increasing its capacity to counter new malware and protecting millions of computers around the world.

“Panda Free Antivirus 2015 scores on par with the best commercial antivirus tools, both in our hands-on tests and independent labs tests. It’s a new Editors’ Choice for free antivirus,’ says PC Mag’s Neil Rubenking.



Panda Security Scoring Top Results in Detection

Here at Panda we are very pleased with the latest AV Comparatives and AV Test results, these results see our products offering the highest level of protection.

From March to June 2014, thousands of ‘real world’ proactive detection tests were done by AV-Comparatives. The results show that our anti-malware engine detected and blocked 99.9% of threats. AV-Test also conducted a ‘real world’ detection test in which we achieved the highest score and we have also been rated #1 in the ‘false-alarm’ or ‘false positive” test.

The tests compared products that use the new XMT (Extreme Malware Terminator) Smart Engineering engine. With XMT, different technologies interact with each other to achieve new levels of efficiency, detection and disinfection power. The XMT engine is included in our new 2015 consumer product line. These tests are evidence of our superior detection technology.



Panda Cloud Antivirus wins the Best of 2012 Soft award from PC Magazine/RE

Panda Security’s free solution, Panda Cloud Antivirus, has received the award for Best of 2012 Soft from PC Magazine/Russian Edition. The list of winners of the magazine’s seal is based on readers’ votes and experts’ opinions.

According to the Russian publication, “the Panda Cloud Antivirus tool is a regular on the list of software recommended by PC Magazine/RE. It currently holds an important position among computer protection systems. It is a very simple, light and free product. The new version includes cloud-based malware detection and disinfection, a behavioural analysis module and protection without an internet connection. It also includes a specific module for monitoring processes.”

This award joins others recently won by Panda Cloud Antivirus, such as the Advanced+ rating for malware removal/cleaning from AV-Comparatives, being the only free product to achieve it and the AV-Test Certified stamp as number one in usability.

The Pro version of Panda Cloud Antivirus also achieved VB100 Certification from Virus Bulletin last September, after detecting 100% of the samples included on the In the Wild list. The Pro and free editions share the same detection engine.

Last month, Panda Security announced the launch of the new version 2.1 of Panda Cloud Antivirus, with new anti-exploit technologies. This new protection, included in both the free and pro editions, detects and neutralizes malware that exploits zero-day vulnerabilities in legitimate applications like Office, Adobe or Java as an infection vector before they are known to antivirus firms.

Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1 provides real-time protection for Windows 8 applications, as well as improvements to its interface. It also offers improved performance to maintain the characteristic lightweight footprint of Panda Security’s free cloud-based antivirus.

More information about the product at: www.cloudantivirus.com.


Panda Cloud Free Antivirus awarded VB100 certification

Panda Cloud Antivirus Free has been awarded VB100 certification after being tested alongside 33 other antivirus solutions in Virus Bulletin’s December comparative review on Windows 8. This is the second consecutive time that Panda Security has obtained this certification, following Virus Bulletin’s decision to allow cloud connection in their tests.
VB100 certification is granted to products that prove a 100% detection rate for malware samples listed as “In the Wild” by the WildList Organisation with zero false positives. The comparative review was conducted on a system running Windows 8 Professional. Testing comprised three main elements: on-demand tests, on-access tests, and false positive tests. Panda Cloud Antivirus Free obtained a 100% perfect result in the on-demand and on-access tests, as well as zero false positives.
The tests showed that Panda Cloud Antivirus Free was one of the fastest and least resource-intensive antivirus products available, clearly outperforming other free solutions from Avast, AVG or Microsoft. Virus Bulletin also praised the product’s interface and ease of use, as well as the benefits provided by a 100% cloud-based solution.
“We are delighted to have obtained the VB100 certification twice in a year. This showcases the high quality of our products,” says Jeremy Matthews, Country Manager for Panda Security. “This certification recognises Panda Security’s efforts and success in offering lightweight solutions with the best disinfection rates for the new Windows 8 operating system as well.”
This award follows the VB100 certification received by Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro in September 2012, and the certifications awarded to Panda Cloud Antivirus Free by the independent labs AV-Test.org and AV-Comparatives in 2012.

More information on those tests is available at: http://press.pandasecurity.com/news/panda-cloud-antivirus-pro-achieves-virus-bulletin-vb100-certification/, http://press.pandasecurity.com/news/panda-cloud-antivirus-ranks-1-in-usability-in-recent-av-test-org-evaluation/ and http://press.pandasecurity.com/news/panda-cloud-antivirus-achieves-highest-advanced-rating-from-av-comparatives/

Four Out Of Five New Malware Samples Are Trojans

Panda Security’s anti-malware laboratory, PandaLabs published its Quarterly Report for Q1, analyzing the IT security events and incidents from January through March 2012. In the first quarter of 2012 alone, six million new malware samples were created, in line with the overwhelming figures of previous years. 

Malware Statistics

Trojans set a new record for becoming the preferred category for cybercriminals to carry out their information theft, representing 80 percent of all new malware. In 2011, Trojans ‘only’ accounted for 73 percent of all malware. Worms took second place, comprising 9.30 percent of samples, followed by viruses at 6.43 percent. Interestingly, these two malware categories have swapped positions compared to the 2011 Annual Report, where viruses stood at 14.25 percent and worms were third with 8 percent of all circulating malware.

As for the number of infections caused by each malware category, the ranking coincides with that of new samples in circulation. Trojans, worms and viruses again occupied the top three spots. Interestingly, worms only caused eight percent of all infections despite accounting for more than nine percent of all new malware. This is quite noteworthy as worms usually caused many more infections due to their ability to propagate in an automated fashion. In any event, the figures simply corroborate what is well known: Massive worm epidemics have become a thing of the past, and have been replaced by an increasing avalanche of silent Trojans, cyber-criminals’ weapon of choice for their attacks.

China Tops List of Infections per Country

The average number of infected PCs across the globe stands at 35.51 percent, down more than three points compared to 2011, according to Panda Security’s Collective Intelligence data. China once again led this ranking (54.25 percent of infected PCs), followed by Taiwan and Turkey. The list of least infected countries is dominated by European countries -nine out of the first ten places are occupied by them. Japan is the only non-European country among the top ten nations with under thirty percent of computers infected. The top three places are occupied by Sweden, Switzerland and Norway. Countries with the most malware infections:

The Quarter at a Glance

PandaLabs highlights several top security incidents during Q1 in the report. There was a marked increased in ‘ransomware’ attacks over the past quarter especially due to the so-called ‘Police Virus’. This virus displays messages containing the logos of international law enforcement agencies to trick users into believing that their computers have been locked by the police for visiting inappropriate websites or making illegal downloads. To unlock it, users have to pay a fine, usually in the range of one hundred euros, dollars or British pounds (depending on the target of the attack). However, those messages don’t come from the police, but from the Trojan itself.

The report also covers the latest attacks on Android cell phones, distribution of malware via Facebook, the Megaupload case, cyber-war and the latest activities of the Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivist groups.

According to Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs, ”Although it’s still early in the year, so far what we have seen in 2012 is a continuation of past trends. Cyber-criminals are still trying to steal users’ information and money by any means possible”.

As always, PandaLabs advises all users to keep their computers adequately protected. With this in mind, Panda Security offers its free tool Panda Cloud Antivirus.

The quarterly report can be downloaded from: http://press.pandasecurity.com/press-room/reports/