We have another entry on the growing list of hacks – Blizzard Entertainment, publisher of popular games such as World of Warcraft and the Diablo and Starcraft series, reported last week that a large amount of user account data for Battle.net gamers was compromised.
“This week, our security team found an unauthorized and illegal access into our internal network here at Blizzard. We quickly took steps to close off this access and began working with law enforcement and security experts to investigate what happened,” wrote Blizzard President Mike Morhaime. “We take the security of your personal information very seriously, and we are truly sorry that this has happened.”
Stolen data includes email addresses, answers to security questions, a database of “cryptographically scrambled” passwords, and data related to dial-in and smartphone app-based two-factor authentication. Battle.net users should change their account passwords immediately. You can do that here.
Jindrich Kubrec, Avast Virus Lab senior analyst gives some tips for securing your passwords:
1. Avoid anything ‘personal’ such as names and birth dates – see this list for examples of passwords to avoid
2. Avoid overly complex passwords as you don’t want to write them down
3. Don’t reuse passwords anywhere – leaks will happen in the future and you don’t want a single leak giving the bad guys keys to all the online services you use
4. Longer passwords are always better
5. Beware the phishers: always ensure you’re doing sensitive operation on the legitimate site, under a secure and verified connection. I’d also recommend never clicking on links in emails to update sensitive information Instead, manually enter the site and make changes.
6. If you can’t be bothered with steps 1 – 5, try avast! EasyPass to generate strong, unique passwords for every site you visit. The best part is that you access your passwords using one Master Password, so you don’t have to remember lots of passwords.
Those of you who manage Windows servers and endpoints for SMBs or enterprise will be interested to read the latest review of avast! Endpoint Protection Suite from eSecurity Planet. Technology journalist Paul Rubens looked into the nuts n’ bolts of our business product and found the same award-winning multi-layered protection approach as the consumer products –with the addition of server protection and a choice of two central management consoles, Small Office Administration or Enterprise Administration.
The web-based Small Office Administration console is designed for companies with up to 200 end users. Unskilled administrators have a user-friendly central window which controls all functions of endpoint and server security. Despite its simplicity, it offers remote installation and updates of endpoint software, scanning and remote running of scan jobs, and virus activity reporting. There’s also an auto-discovery of new/unprotected or “rogue” machines connected to your company network.
The Enterprise Administration console is accessed as a Windows application and offers sophisticated functionality for skilled IT staff. Admins manage devices organized in a hierarchical tree structure based for example, on the geographical or organizational structure of their network, which makes it possible for them to assign administration access rights and policies. It also includes customizable alerting so they can receive a warning by email regarding activity on your network that warrants their attention.
How many times have you dropped your mobile phone? As much as I try to take good care of my phone, I can count at least 3 times that it has slipped out of my hand and landed with a sickening crunch on the pavement by my feet. Thankfully, my Nexus 1 (it’s ancient, I know) seems to handle the abuse, and except for some external bruises, it works fine. But that’s not always the case. One of our Facebook fans wrote this testimonial today on our wall.
I had an issue on the weekend with my phone and Avast has saved the day!!!
I had dropped my new Galaxy SII HD LTE and was unable to view or alter the phone due to a broken screen. My replacement is on the way but I wanted to ensure my phone was wiped and factory reset before I sent it back to Bell.
Without Avast Mobile on the phone this would have been impossible, so I would just like to say THANK YOU! One quick text and the phone was wiped and factory reset.
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Nice review from Digitaltrends.com of top Android security apps. And the winner is: avast! Free Mobile Security!
I love this quote: “if you do want to go ahead and get an Android security app, Avast is your best bet”.
The author of the review – Simon Hill – is at the end asking a (rhetorical) question that we might introduce a fee for the product. Well, this is certainly not going to happen. avast! Free Mobile Security will continue to be offered loaded with features and for free. Just priceless