Most second-hand thumb drives contain data from past owners

Our penchant for plugging in random memory sticks isn’t the only trouble with our USB hygiene, a study shows. Many computer users don’t take enough precautions when disposing of their USB sticks, leaving a trove of what is often sensitive information about themselves for the drives’ new owners, a study has shown. Researchers from the … More Most second-hand thumb drives contain data from past owners

Google hit with €1.49 billion antitrust fine by EU

The third penalty that Europe has levied on the tech giant in less than two years brings the total to €8.25 billion. European Union (EU) authorities have handed down a €1.49 billion (US$1.7 billion) fine to Google for abusing its dominant position in the brokering of online search adverts, according to a statement by the European … More Google hit with €1.49 billion antitrust fine by EU

You should pick your Android security app wisely, test shows

It’s prudent to get a security solution for your device, but a test by AV-Comparatives shows why you need to choose judiciously. A recent test of anti-malware apps available in Google Play showed that most are not, in fact, worthy of the name and, indeed, the space they take up on the Android device. Independent testing outfit … More You should pick your Android security app wisely, test shows

A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Cyberblackmail/sextortion again raises its not-so-pretty little head. For more than 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of assisting people get rid of viruses and other malicious software.  In the course of doing so, I’ve often been asked questions about computer security-related topics that are not product-specific.  Some are simple or easily answered; some are complex … More A closer look at “sextortion” scams

AV-Comparatives recognises ESET with enterprise and consumer cybersecurity awards

ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, has been recognised with gold and silver awards in recent reports from AV-Comparatives, an independent testing organization. AV-Comparatives uses one of the largest sample collections worldwide to create a real-world environment for highly accurate testing. In its recent Summary Report 2018, which looked at 18 different vendors, ESET took … More AV-Comparatives recognises ESET with enterprise and consumer cybersecurity awards

Over 2 billion records exposed by email marketing firm

The repository of email addresses and other records would offer a gold mine of data for scammers. Security researchers have discovered a humongous collection of email addresses and other data that was left sitting on the internet with no protection whatsoever. Bob Diachenko revealed late last week that he’d found an unsecured MongoDB server with more … More Over 2 billion records exposed by email marketing firm