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Do you understand the importance of cyber security?

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It is extremely important that you as the user understand why in the heck you should be concerned about the security of your device. Sure you may have heard about the tons of malware out there or the ransomware stealing millions from large corporations, but it is easy to disregard such headlines as a user. “What would anyone want with my computer?” proves to be the usual user mindset. It really does pay to be conscious however, and proactive none the less. Malware, and ransomware, a type of malware, is designed by cyber criminals with boatloads of knowledge as to how to steal your information, passwords, bank account numbers, log-ins, sensitive data and of course, your money. The general tactic appears in the form of downloaded malware or ransomware, unsuspecting to the user, waiting idly by until the person on the other side decides to take a dig into your life. Like the monster under your bed, but worse.

Malware  is something to worry about because for one, it is used to indefinitely steal your data and these days..your money. Not to mention the fact that if you happen to lose to cyber theft, not much can be done to help your case. Most cyber criminals operate in foreign countries outside U.S. legal jurisdiction, and to be honest even if they were, you still wouldn’t get your money back. It’s just not the way it works.

Don’t be a victim.

Ask anyone and they will tell you the quickest way to get hacked is by lack of updates for commonly hacked programs, basically leaving your doors unlocked and asking to be robbed, and by being tricked into installing a Trojan, the equivalent of the robber ringing the doorbell and you inviting them to stay for dinner before they rob you dry. Neither is good!

“Sure, there are hundreds of other methods: SQL injection attacks, password guessing, and so on. But nearly everything besides unpatched software and downloaded Trojans is statistical noise. In fact, if you fix the main two issues, you almost don’t need to do anything else.” – Roger A. Grimes computer security columnist for Info World

Malware can be broken down into worms, viruses, Trojans, and hybrids. Viruses spread by infecting other host files and when run initiate the malware to commence. Worms are self replicating, once started they need no further assistance. Trojans need victims to get to business. They do not spread themselves, rather the originating hacker must spread each copy to each victim separately, usually via email. The benefit to this is that unless you experience ransomware, that locks the device, Trojans can be removed once identified.

You’d be surprised the amount of users that still give away their logins to hackers every day. It’s insane. Typically the user is sent a phishing email asking for credentials and claims to be from a legitimate website. Many times the email makes a small call to action such as threatening the termination of service. Trust the website in this case, not the email and go directly to the website to confirm.

Signature-based anti-malware simply cannot keep up with the thousands of malicious programs that hit each month. That is just the truth of the matter. Some of the responsibility must be in the hands of the user, or a good IT management team. A single antivirus program can only get so far, it would be who of you to periodically run a boatload of free antivirus programs at once. Together, the programs together can identify what the single one could not.

 

 

 

 


 

If you would like to educate yourself in more detail about the information presented in this blog post please visit : www.infoworld.com

Have a secure summer with these security suites

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A security suite is a collection of software utilities that protect a machine from viruses and malware. Within each there are usually three levels of protection, being a standalone antivirus utility, an entry-level security suite, and a suite with additional features of protection including firewall, anti-spam, parental controls etc. Antivirus is the core of a security suite, which is why we only advise security suites with a highly effective antivirus software. Why do I need this junk? A firewall offered protection by monitoring all network traffic and keeps a watchful eye on running applications to make sure there is no misuse of your network. Anti-spam software blocks fraudulent emails so they never make it into your inbox, saving you from being the victim of malware or other encryption that is embedded in email attachments. A security suite is the easiest way to get all the benefits of multiple software applications, all in one. Check out our recommendations and rest assured your machine and your information are protected.

Symantec Norton Security Premium – $50 – Firewall, Anti-spam, Parental Controls,  Tune-Up

-Award-winning parental control. 25GB online backup. Protects up to 10 Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS devices. Excellent malicious URL blocking and antiphishing test scores. Smart firewall. Spam filtering. Password management. Performance optimization.

Bitfender Internet Security 2016 – $45 Firewall, Anti-spam, Parental Controls, Backup, Tune-Up

-Highly accurate spam filter, tough firewall, revamped parental controls, ransomware protection. Top performing, manages all features well.

McAfee Internet Security 2016 – $40 – Firewall, Anti-spam, Parental Controls

-Protects all your Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS devices.  Accurate anti-phishing and anti-spam, along with multi-factor authentication.

McAfee LiveSafe 2016 – $60 – Firewall, Anti-spam, Parental Controls

-Protects all your Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS devices. Antivirus rates high in lab tests and our tests. Accurate antiphishing and antispam. Five licenses for Intel True Key password manager. Impressive Personal Locker encrypted storage uses voice and facial recognition for authentication.

Kaspersky Total Security 2016 – $90 – Firewall, Anti-spam, Parental Controls, Backup, Tune-Up

-Top ratings from labs. Very good scores in PCMag’s hands-on tests. Accurate spam filter. Intelligent, no-hassle firewall. Comprehensive parental control. Remote monitoring and management. Many bonus features. Small performance impact in testing.

 


 

If you would like to learn more about the information presented in this blog post please visit : www.pcmag.com

 

Antivirus – Top 4 on the Market in 2016

 

Keep your computer healthy and your stress low, with an easy to manage antivirus software. A wealth of options exist, so with the help of researcher Neil Rubenking at PCMag, we have comprised a list of the top antivirus programs. Each product has been reviewed and lab tested in order to provide real results and data. In times of trouble no one wants a program that can’t handle the pressure.

Top 4 Commercial Antivirus Software on the Market

Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2016)1444039371_kaspersky-antivirus-2016-16.0.0.424

  • On Demand Malware Scan
  • On Access Malware Scan
  • Malicious URL Blocking
  • Phishing Protection
  • Bonus – Vulnerability Scan

 

 

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2016

Both Bitdefender and Kaspersky performed at the top of the scale in independent Lab tests.

  • On Demand Malware Scan
  • On Access Malware Scan
  • Malicious URL Blocking
  • Phishing Protection
  • Bonus – Vulnerability Scan
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McAfee AntiVirus Plus (2016)

A single subscription of McAfee AntiVirus Plus allows you to install protection on all of your Windows, Android, Mac OS, and iOS devices.

  • On Demand Malware Scan Product_Page_Product-Overview_Pack-image_AntiVirus-Plus_320x430
  • On Access Malware Scan
  • Malicious URL Blocking
  • Phishing Protection
  • Bonus – Vulnerability Scan
  • Website Rating

 

 

 

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus (2016)

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus uses an  unusual behavior based detection technology. This makes Webroot the tiniest antivirus on the market today. This is both good and bad. In theory this Antivirus can protection you from malware, but it can also flag legitimate behaviors made by legitimate users.

  • On Demand Malware Scan
  • On Access Malware Scan
  • Malicious URL Blocking
  • Phishing Protection
  • Website Rating

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If you would like to educate yourself in more detail about the information presented in this blog post please visit:The Best Antivirus Utilities for 2016

Can’t Install AV on a Hyper-V Host or it Breaks Networking… Wow

Problem: Antivirus and Hyper-V (Why can’t I start my virtual machine?)
A little while ago our support team ran into some problems starting virtual machines after they install antivirus software in the management operating system.  The root cause of the problem is that a number of these programs monitor file access in a way that interferes with Hyper-V’s attempts to open virtual machine files.  If you see this problem – you have two options:

  1. Don’t install antivirus.  If you are running a server core configuration, or a full server configuration, and you have nothing running in the management operating system other than Hyper-V, and you do not have people logging in and browsing the web in the management partition, etc… Then you do not really need to have antivirus software installed as there is limited risk of a virus.
  2. Install antivirus and set up the following exclusions (most antivirus programs allow you to exclude specific directories, files and processes from scanning to help deal with issues such as these):
  •         Default virtual machine configuration directory (Normally this is C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsHyper-V)
  •         Custom virtual machine configuration directories
  •         Default virtual hard disk directory (Normally this is C:UsersPublicDocumentsHyper-VVirtual Hard Disks)
  •         Custom virtual hard disk directories
  •         Snapshot directories
  •         Vmms.exe
  •         Vmwp.exe

 

Windows Intune

Users always on the go? Having a hard time managing remote workstations? Need to ensure updates are installed on mobile workstations? Want to push apps to remote workstations? Well look no further, try Windows Intune. I recently came across a client that had many mobile users and we were having a very tough time managing them and ensuring they are up to date. What I came across was Windows Intune.

Windows Intune is essentially a cloud based management system for remote workstations. It gives you the ability to monitor antivirus activity using Windows Intune protection, as well as a web based update console that is much like WSUS on Windows server. It’s a very simple and easy project to use if you have many remote workstations. It literally took me about 10 minutes to get it setup and I was pushing agents out to the workstations. It even sent me an email alert when a computer detected malicious items on one of the PCs.

Furthermore if you sign up for Windows intune which is about $7 per workstation per month, you are given the ability to install Windows 7 Enterprise on your workstations. Microsoft essentially gives you a volume license key for the enterprise software for each pc using Windows Intune.

So if you are looking for an easy way to manage remote systems that never connect to the domain, I would recommend trying Windows Intune.

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Best Antivirus

bva has had many difficulties with antivirus over the last two years, applications that are trying to be more than just handle virus protection. bva has seen a common trend on the support center/helpdesk that many issues that surface in our ticketing system come from some anti-virus trying to do more then monitor or protect viruses.

It has been very frustrating but thought bva would voice our recommended products after testing.

  1. Kaspersky Anti-virus
  2. Trendmicro
  3. AVG Antivirus 2012
  4. Bitdefender Antivirus
  5. Webroot  Antivirus
  6. ESET NOD32
  7. Panda Antivirus
  8. Norton 2012

Try Google Pack!

As I was browsing around on Google the other day, I noticed a neat little tool they have called Google Pack, which essentially downloads and installs some of the most basic applications that you may typically need on your PC. See below for the list of apps.

Now generally I would use most of these applications on my own PC, but there are some I do not typically use. For instance, I do my best to stay away from using any types of toolbars as they cause problems more often than not. What you could do in this case for Firefox is install it and then disable the toolbar.

Google Pack is a customizable download complete with a web browser, office applications (Google Apps), antivirus (avast), Photo editor (Picasa), Skype, Google Earth, Adobe Reader, Google Talk, and RealPlayer. All of these software applications are optional.

I would personally use this software just for the ease of installing these apps from one location to save time.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Having good anti-virus is a must, it is not a benefit.  That being said there are a several on the market right now that you cannot trust.  Microsoft has done a  soft-released Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 (free, direct) last month with little fanfare.  Technically the product name is still just Microsoft Security Essentials, but the box shows a version number beginning with 2.0. This version has a few new features which is okay I suppose, nothing out of the ordinary. It can automatically ensure firewall protection by enabling Windows Firewall if necessary. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, Microsoft Security Essentials’ new network inspection system adds specific protection against network-based attacks. The app also claims better malware-fighting skills, though in my testing it seemed little improved.  Last year AV-Test (http://av-test.org) evaluated a collection of antivirus products under Windows XP and under Windows 7. They rated each product for protection, usability, and ability to repair malware damage, with six points available in each area and a total of 12 needed for certification. Under Windows 7, Microsoft Security Essentials made the cut with 14 points, not far behind the 16 points achieved by top scorers Norton AntiVirus 2011 ($39.99 direct, 4.5 stars), Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 ($59.95 direct for three licenses, 3.5 stars), and Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 ($50.95 direct for three licenses, 3.5 stars).  Windows XP test, Microsoft took just 11.5 points, not enough for certification. It score high for usability but low for protection and repair.

Installation and Cleanup: Installing an antivirus on my thirteen malware-infested virtual machines can be an arduous task. Some products take a long time to install and update; others won’t even install due to self-defense by malware. Microsoft Security Essentials didn’t give me any trouble; it installed quickly and smoothly.  Microsoft Security Essentials’ real-time protection system detected active malware right away and popped up a simple warning box with a button offering to clean the computer. There’s a link to get details; clicking it also offers a chance to change the disposition for the found threat.

The real-time cleanup involves a mini-scan that frequently ends with a request to reboot. The product necessarily turns on automatic updates, so if for some reason you’ve been putting off updates you’ll be in for a lengthy session during that first reboot.  At installation, the product schedules a weekly quick scan. You can change the schedule and the type of scan, if desired. By default the scheduled scan restricts itself to using 50 percent of CPU resources. That doesn’t affect on-demand scans, though. In testing, a full scan took over 50 minutes regardless of the CPU setting, which is about twice the average of recent products. A repeat scan came in under 25 minutes.  For most found threats, Microsoft Security Essentials simply takes the necessary remediation action, though it will occasionally ask permission to remove low-risk items like adware. At the end of a scan it reports that it finished; you can click the History tab to see what it did.  Microsoft Security Essentials detected 89 percent of the rootkit samples. That’s good, but more than half of the recent antivirus products detected 100 percent.

I would rate this product a 6 out of 10 for performance and accuracy.