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How to stop Twitter tracking you and keep private the websites you visit

Like Facebook, Twitter wants to know which websites you visit and so it has a system for tracking you as you click from site to site, a fact that leads to a pair of interesting questions: “Did you know that?” and “Are you okay with that?” As we will see in a moment, this system

SMSmishing (SMS Text Phishing) – how to spot and avoid scams

If the smartphones of ESET bloggers are any indication, scams executed via SMS text, known as smishing or SMS phishing, are on the rise. I don’t do a lot of texting, which makes a smish easy to spot on my phone, but I just read an amazing statistic from a Pew report: Users 18 to

Millions have not reviewed Facebook privacy settings: Here’s how

Here are two staggering Facebook privacy statistics: Nearly 13 million US Facebook users have never set, or don’t know about, Facebook’s privacy tools, and only 37 percent have used Facebook’s privacy tools to customize how much information is shared with third parties. That’s according to a Consumer Reports survey released earlier this month. Given that

11 Tips for protecting your data when you travel

When we relayed the FBI/IC3 warning to travelers about a threat involving hotel Internet service overseas last week it produced a lot of requests for advice on how to respond to the threat. So a few of us researchers at ESET came up with a list of data security tips for travelers. These tips will

King of Spam: Festi botnet analysis

We have just completed fresh analysis of the malicious software known as Win32/Festi. While the "Festi" botnet created with this malware has been in business since the autumn of 2009 we can see that the software is frequently updated, as described in our analysis, and these updates mean Festi continues to be a potent threat

Foreign Travel Malware Threat Alert: Watch out for hotel Internet connections

We received a worrying notice today from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), The headline reads: "Malware Installed on Travelers' Laptops Through Software Updates on Hotel Internet Connections." We felt that the warning which followed the

Could your next new car be hacked (should you be scared)?

The wave of new data technology making its way into the next generation of cars – ranging from vehicles which semi-autonomously drive themselves, to realtime data streaming onto head's up displays – begs the question: will they be safe from cyber shenanigans, or will you have to deploy security software on your next (probably hybrid)

Privacy and Security in the Consumer Cloud: The not so fine print

The consumer cloud expanded again this week with the addition of Google Drive to more familiar brands like Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, Apple iCloud, and Amazon Cloud Drive. Unfortunately, most of these cloud-based file storage services come with privacy and security caveats, often involving language such as "You give us the right to access, retain, use

QR Codes and NFC Chips: Preview-and-authorize should be default

What do printed QR codes and NFC (Near Field Communication) chips have in common, besides storing instructions that computers can read? They are both hackable and their ability to store and communicate computer instructions is bound to be abused, if not already, then sometime soon. This happens to every new means of communication; QR and

DNS Changer (re)lived, new deadline: 9 July 2012!

As written in our “Password management for non-obvious accounts” blog post on February 22, the FBI confiscated the DNS Servers used by the DNS Changer malware and replaced them with different servers so that infected users would not be left without internet right away. Initially these replacement DNS Servers were to be taken offline on

Phishing Using HTML and Intranet Security Settings

Phishers always try to find new ways to bypass security features and trick ‘educated’ users. Over the years we have seen simplistic phishing attempts where the required information had to be typed into the e-mail body. This worked at that time because phishing was new and hardly anyone had a notion of the implications. Later,

Fighting the OSX/Flashback Hydra

The biggest Mac botnet ever encountered, the OSX/Flashback botnet, is being hit hard. On April 12th, Apple released a third Java update since the Flashback malicious code outbreak. This update includes a new tool called MRT (Malware Removal Tool) which allows Apple to quickly push malware removal code to their user base. The first mission

Pinterest security update

We recently highlighted a security walkthrough on Pinterest.com, the pinboard style sharing website that’s taking the social media by storm. Since then, they’ve continued to grow, and continued to have accompanying growing pains common in organizations with rapid growth. Here we highlight ways they are adapting, changes they are making, and what it means to

Will of the WISP: Your company’s Written Information Security Program

Does your company have a written information security program? If not, you could be an easy target for cybercriminals AND end up on the wrong side of the law, regardless of where your company is located or what size it is. Which law? Something they passed about two years ago in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,

Mac Flashback Trojan: If you use Java the time to patch your Mac is now

If you are a Mac user and you have Java installed on your Mac, then right now would be a good time to run Software Update… from the Apple menu to make sure you have installed the latest Java for Mac OS X update. Installing this update will help protect your Mac from a malicious

BYOD Infographic: For security it's not a pretty picture

The phenomenon of organizations allowing or encouraging their employees to use their own computing devices for work–known as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD–is now widespread in many countries, bringing with it some serious risks to company networks and data. As we first reported here on the blog a few weeks ago, ESET commissioned a

Saturday Night Backup Fever, Internet Apocalypse Now

If you use a computer and/or the Internet you might want to think twice about heading to the disco or the movies or whatever else you had planned for this Saturday night and spend the evening backing up your data instead. Why? Three reasons, starting with the fact that today is World Backup Day. Sure,

Vulnerable WordPress Leads to Security Blog Infection

Even visiting security-oriented websites can sometimes be risky. If you’ve visited the security blog zerosecurity.org this month and you’re also a user of ESET’s security products, you might have encountered an anti-virus alert such as this one: The detection names may vary. Different variants of the following “generic families” were detected on the compromised websites on

Spring Brings Tax-related Scams, Spams, Phish, Malware, and the IRS

Spring is here and that means scam artists are thinking about income taxes and the IRS. Not that scam artists pay income taxes, they just know taxes and any mention of the IRS is a good way to get your attention, which explains a steady stream of deceptive emails targeting tax-paying Americans who now have

From Georgia With Love: Win32/Georbot information stealing trojan and botnet

Malicious software that gets updates from a domain belonging to the Eurasian state of Georgia? This unusual behavior caught the attention of an analyst in ESET's virus laboratory earlier this year, leading to further analysis which revealed an information stealing trojan being used to target Georgian nationals in particular. After further investigation, ESET researchers were

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